60 days in Russia & China Itinerary

60 days in Russia & China Itinerary

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Guangzhou, China
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Shanghai, China
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Beijing, China
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Harbin, China
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Novosibirsk, Russia
— 6 nights
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Yekaterinburg, Russia
— 6 nights
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Kazan, Russia
— 6 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 6 nights
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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Guangzhou, China

A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Explore Guangzhou's surroundings by going to Bishuiwan Spa Resort (in Conghua), Huangqi Mountain (in Dongguan) and The Foshan Folk Art Researche Institute (in Foshan). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Shamian Island, get outside with Chimelong Tourist Resort, don't miss a visit to Canton Tower, and gain insight at South China Agricultural University.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Guangzhou trip planning website.

Helsinki, Finland to Guangzhou is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Helsinki to Guangzhou is 6 hours. In June, Guangzhou is warmer than Helsinki - with highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Shanghai, China

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.
Spend the 13th (Sun) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's much more to do: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), take a stroll through Former French Concession, admire the landmark architecture of Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), and buy something for everyone on your list at South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Shanghai trip planner.

You can fly from Guangzhou to Shanghai in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, Shanghai is a bit cooler than Guangzhou - with highs of 33°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

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Beijing, China

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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven, contemplate the long history of Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), and take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Beijing journey site.

Getting from Shanghai to Beijing by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Beijing, with lows of 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Harbin.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

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Harbin, China

Ice City

The influence of neighboring Russia remains visible throughout much of Harbin, with the country's northernmost metropolis possessing an intoxicating eclecticism in its architecture, food, and art.
Harbin is known for theme parks, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Zhongyang Pedestrian Street, walk around Harbin Forest Botanical Garden, engage your brain at HeiLongJiangSheng KeXue JiShuGuan, and buy something for everyone on your list at Jinan international Shopping Plaza.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Harbin trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Harbin takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Beijing in June, things will get little chillier in Harbin: highs are around 30°C and lows about 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Novosibirsk.

Things to do in Harbin

Museums · Nature · Parks · Childrens Museums

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Novosibirsk, Russia

Siberian Chicago

Situated in Siberia's southwestern portion, Novosibirsk developed into a major urban center in the last decade of the 19th century, when it became a convenient pit stop for railway travelers making the epic trans-Siberian journey.
Novosibirsk is known for zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Glory monument, make a trip to Novosibirsk Synagogue, get to know the resident critters at Novosibirsk Zoo, and find something for the whole family at Wonder Park Galileo.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Novosibirsk online tour planner.

Getting from Harbin to Novosibirsk by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. The time zone changes from China Standard Time to Novosibirsk Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Harbin in June: high temperatures in Novosibirsk hover around 27°C and lows are around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Novosibirsk

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

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Yekaterinburg, Russia

Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Yekaterinburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: brush up on your military savvy at The UMMC Museum complex, go all around town with Ekaterinburg Guide Center, take some stellar pictures from Visotsky Business Center Lookout, and admire the striking features of Rastorguyev-Kharitonov's House.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Yekaterinburg tour itinerary maker.

You can fly from Novosibirsk to Yekaterinburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Novosibirsk to Yekaterinburg is minus 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Yekaterinburg are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Kazan, Russia

Sports Capital of Russia

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Kazan is known for historic sites, museums, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kazan Kremlin, make a trip to Svobody Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Annunciation Cathedral, and examine the collection at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum.

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You can fly from Yekaterinburg to Kazan in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Yekaterinburg to Kazan is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Yekaterinburg in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Kazan, with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

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Moscow, Russia

Third Rome

Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Get out of town with these interesting Moscow side-trips: Church of the Assumption (in Shchapovo) and Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Red Square, examine the collection at Moscow Kremlin, walk around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), and admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Moscow visit website.

You can fly from Kazan to Moscow in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

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St. Petersburg, Russia

Venice of the North

Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, make a trip to Palace Square, and admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read St. Petersburg road trip planning site.

You can take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

China travel guide

4.4
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.

Russia travel guide

4.6
Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.