31 days in Asia Itinerary

31 days in Asia Itinerary

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31 days in Asia Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Beijing, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
2
Xi'an, China
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 15 min
3
Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
4
Seoul, South Korea
— 5 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Tokyo, Japan
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
6
Kyoto, Japan
— 4 nights
Train + Fly:  5 h 30 min
7
Busan, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
8
Taipei, Taiwan
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
9
Hong Kong, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Toronto, Canada

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Food Tours and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). There's lots more to do: see Mutianyu Great Wall, take in the awesome beauty at Mentougou Lingshan Mountain, explore the galleries of The Palace Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Beijing journey maker website .

Toronto, Canada to Beijing is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Beijing, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Toronto in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Beijing: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Food Tours
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

1
night
Xi'an, China

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Mosque, then see the interesting displays at Xi'an Museum, then steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), and finally take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. On the 8th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang) and then explore the ancient world of Small Goose Pagoda.

Make your Xi'an itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Beijing to Xi'an in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Xi'an, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:
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Small Goose Pagoda ©
Small Goose Pagoda
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) ©
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)
Xi'an Mosque ©
Xi'an Mosque

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Heping Fandian, see the interesting displays at Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), then browse the different shops at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market, and finally walk around Fuxing Park. On the next day, examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, then buy something for everyone on your list at In Point, and finally examine the collection at Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Shanghai using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Xi'an to Shanghai takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. In September, Shanghai is a bit warmer than Xi'an - with highs of 33°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Shanghai

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 10:
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Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum ©
Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai World Financial Center ©
Shanghai World Financial Center

5
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Trickeye Museum Seoul and Jogyesa Temple. Step out of Seoul with an excursion to Everland in Yongin--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Gyeongbokgung Palace, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hangang Park, pause for some photo ops at Changdeokgung Palace, and steep yourself in history at Gwanghwamun Gate.

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Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Seoul takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Korea Standard Time (KST) is 1 hour. When traveling from Shanghai in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Seoul: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trip

Everland
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Ewha Womans University ©
Ewha Womans University

2
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.
Tokyo is known for historic sites, parks, shopping, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Meiji Jingu Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sensō-ji, admire the natural beauty at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, and admire the landmark architecture of Tokyo Tower.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Tokyo travel route planner.

Fly from Seoul to Tokyo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. While traveling from Seoul, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Tokyo, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Samurai Museum ©
Samurai Museum
Meiji Jingu Shrine ©
Meiji Jingu Shrine

4
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kyu Mikamiye House and Nanzen-ji Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Kyoto: Hikone Castle (in Hikone) and Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Helicopter Squadron 23rd (in Maizuru). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, don't miss a visit to Sannenzaka Ninenzaka, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and explore the historical opulence of Nijo Castle.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kyoto travel route planning tool .

Getting from Tokyo to Kyoto by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. September in Kyoto sees daily highs of 33°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Busan.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Kyu Mikamiye House, Hikone Castle, Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force Helicopter Squadron 23rd
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Eikando Zenrinji Temple ©
Eikando Zenrinji Temple
Nanzen-ji Temple ©
Nanzen-ji Temple

2
nights
Busan, South Korea

Busan ©
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Haedong Yonggung Temple and Songdo Beach. There's still lots to do: stroll through Igidae Park, get great views at Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory, kick back and relax at Gwangalli Beach, and hunt for treasures at Jagalchi Market.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Busan holiday planner .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Kyoto to Busan in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or fly. In September, daytime highs in Busan are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Busan

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Haeundae Beach ©
Haeundae Beach
Haedong Yonggung Temple ©
Haedong Yonggung Temple
Gwangalli Beach ©
Gwangalli Beach

3
nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail) and Zhaoyinggong. Explore Taipei's surroundings by going to Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) (in Ruifang) and Dongshan (Yilan Sancing Temple & Meihua Lake). Next up on the itinerary: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Taipei Zoo, don't miss a visit to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, buy something for everyone on your list at Taipei 101, and get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Taipei online trip maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Busan to Taipei. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Busan to Taipei. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Busan in September, with highs in Taipei at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dongshan, Zhaoyinggong, Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Taipei Zoo ©
Taipei Zoo

3
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery and AJ Hackett Macau Tower. Change things up with a short trip to Skycab Cable Car (Wynn Palace) in Macau (about 1h 30 min away). Pack the 29th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), head off the coast to Cheung Chau Island, take in the spiritual surroundings of Lin Fa Temple, and walk around Kowloon Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hong Kong trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Taipei to Hong Kong in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and train. In September, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Macau
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Po Lin Monastery ©
Po Lin Monastery
Dragon's Back ©
Dragon's Back

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