22 days in China & Tokyo Itinerary

22 days in China & Tokyo Itinerary

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22 days in China & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Queenstown, New Zealand
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Tokyo, Japan
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Shanghai, China
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 30​min
3
Chongqing, China
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Chengdu, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Beijing, China
— 6 nights
Fly:  18​h 30​min
End: Queenstown, New Zealand

5
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tokyo: Kotoku-in (Great Buddha of Kamakura) (in Kamakura) and Urayasu (Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, explore the world behind art at Tokyo National Museum, examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, and ponder the world of politics at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Tokyo itinerary website .

Queenstown, New Zealand to Tokyo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Queenstown to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in Tokyo can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Tokyo

Theme Parks Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Urayasu, Kōtoku-in
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Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou ©
Owl cafe Akiba Fukurou
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine
Tokyo Tower ©
Tokyo Tower

4
nights
Shanghai, China

Shanghai ©
With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Shanghai is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), admire the striking features of Jade Buddha Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road), and enjoy breathtaking views from Jin Mao Tower.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Shanghai road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Shanghai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Japan Standard Time to China Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In November in Shanghai, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 12°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Chongqing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 25 — 29:
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

1
day
Chongqing, China

Chongqing ©
With one of the most populated and largest metropolitan areas in the world, Chongqing was the de facto capital of China during World War II.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Southwest University, see the interesting displays at Three Gorges Museum, then delve into the distant past at Ciqikou (Porcelain Port), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Chongqing Chaotianmen.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chongqing trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Shanghai to Chongqing takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or drive. In November, daily temperatures in Chongqing can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Chongqing

Museums Historic Sites
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Three Gorges Museum ©
Three Gorges Museum
Southwest University ©
Southwest University
Ciqikou (Porcelain Port) ©
Ciqikou (Porcelain Port)

3
nights
Chengdu, China

Chengdu ©
The home of giant pandas for more than two million years, Chengdu's vast human history cowers in comparison to the natural heritage of the area.
Chengdu is known for wildlife, historic sites, museums, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), buy something for everyone on your list at New Century Global Center, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chengdu Renmin Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Jinli Pedestrian Street.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chengdu online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Chongqing to Chengdu in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in November, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Jinsha Site Museum ©
Jinsha Site Museum
Kungfu Family ©
Kungfu Family

6
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), admire the landmark architecture of Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'an Men), and delve into the distant past at The Great Wall at Badaling.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Beijing trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Chengdu to Beijing takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Chengdu in December, plan for little chillier days and much colder nights in Beijing: temperatures range from 5°C by day to -7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
The Great Wall at Badaling ©
The Great Wall at Badaling

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