22 days in China, Ho Chi Minh City & Osaka Itinerary

22 days in China, Ho Chi Minh City & Osaka Itinerary

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Shanghai, China
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Chengdu, China
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Hong Kong, China
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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Osaka, Japan
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Shanghai, China

— 3 nights

Pearl of the Orient

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 shopping, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and browse the different shops at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Shanghai trip planning app.

Glasgow, UK to Shanghai is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Glasgow to Shanghai, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Glasgow in May: high temperatures in Shanghai hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Chengdu, China

— 2 nights

Hibiscus City

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.
Step out of Chengdu with an excursion to Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan--about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), explore the landscape on two wheels at Adventure Access, stop by West China Center of Medical Sciences, and stroll around Beihu Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Chengdu trip planner.

You can fly from Shanghai to Chengdu in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

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Hong Kong, China

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Pack the 14th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. There's lots more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Museum of History, take a leisurely stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, and get curious at Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences.

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You can fly from Chengdu to Hong Kong in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Chengdu in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 30°C in Hong Kong. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

— 4 nights

Pearl of the Far East

Formerly known in the West as Saigon and affectionately referred to as the "Pearl of the Far East," Ho Chi Minh City is a study of old and new, woven and piled together in a fast-paced urban hub.
Step out of Ho Chi Minh City to go to Thu Dau Mot and see Hoi Khanh Pagoda, which is approximately 48 minutes away. On the 19th (Wed), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Cu Chi Tunnels, browse the eclectic array of goods at Ben Thanh Market, take in the exciting artwork at Couleurs by Rehahn Fine Art Photography - Dong Khoi, and pause for some serene contemplation at Notre Dame Cathedral of Saigon.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ho Chi Minh City road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Hong Kong Standard Time to Indochina Time is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Hong Kong, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ho Chi Minh City, ranging from highs of 41°C to lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Museums

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Osaka, Japan

— 5 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Explore Osaka's surroundings by going to Kyoto (Sanjusangendo Temple, Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, &more). And it doesn't end there: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, look for gifts at Tower Knives Osaka, explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, and see the interesting displays at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Osaka road trip planner.

Fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Osaka in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to Japan Standard Time is 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in May, with highs in Osaka at 29°C and lows at 18°C. On the 26th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Parks

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China travel guide

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Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.