44 days in China & Seoul Itinerary

44 days in China & Seoul Itinerary

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Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
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Xiamen, China
— 4 nights
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Hong Kong, China
— 4 nights
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Guangzhou, China
— 4 nights
Train to Leshan Station, Bus to Emeishan
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Emeishan, China
— 2 nights
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Chengdu, China
— 3 nights
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Xi'an, China
— 2 nights
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Beijing, China
— 4 nights
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Harbin, China
— 3 nights
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Seoul, South Korea
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Shanghai, China — 5 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.
Shop till you drop at Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) and Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre. The Bund (Wai Tan) and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Xintiandi, take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Longhua Temple, and take in the exciting artwork at Three on the Bund.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Shanghai trip planner.

Billund, Denmark to Shanghai is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to China Standard Time is 7 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Billund in February; daily highs in Shanghai reach 12°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Xiamen.
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Xiamen, China — 4 nights

Garden Island

Known for centuries as a gateway to China, the port city of Xiamen has become a destination in itself, first to domestic visitors and now to a growing number of people from across the world.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gulangyu and Yuyuan Garden. Step out of the city life by going to Kulangsu Huandao Road and Xiamen Riyuegu Hot Spring Resort Communities. Next up on the itinerary: hunt for treasures at The eighth seafood Market, deepen your understanding at Xiamen University, shop like a local with Zhongshan Road Walking Street, and look for gifts at Tasty Life.

To see reviews and tourist information, read our Xiamen road trip app.

Getting from Shanghai to Xiamen by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in February, things will get a bit warmer in Xiamen: highs are around 20°C and lows about 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Hong Kong.
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hong Kong Museum of History and Stanley. For shopping fun, head to IFC mall or MingCha Tea House. Pack the 14th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Victoria Peak (The Peak), take in the waterfront at Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, and hike along Yuen Tsuen Ancient Trail.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hong Kong online holiday planner.

You can fly from Xiamen to Hong Kong in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xiamen in February, Hong Kong is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Guangzhou.
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Guangzhou, China — 4 nights

A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Shamian Island and Sacred Heart Cathedral. Escape the urban bustle at Pacha Mama Adventures and Yuexiu Mountain. There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Beijing Road Raw Material For Medicine Shopping Mall, stroll around Baiyun Mountain, get to know the resident critters at Chimelong Safari Park, and see the interesting displays at Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Guangzhou trip builder.

Take a train from Hong Kong to Guangzhou in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Hong Kong in February, plan for little chillier nights in Guangzhou, with lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Emeishan.
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Emeishan, China — 2 nights

A city forever linked with the mountain of the same name, Emeishan sits next to one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China, now a World Heritage Site.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Emei Mountain and Leshan Giant Buddha (Da Fo). Step out of the city life by going to Baoguo Temple and Mt. Emei Natural Ecology Monkey Reserve. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Wannian Temple and make a trip to E'meishan Jinding Scenic Resort.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Emeishan journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Guangzhou to Emeishan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Chengdu.
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Chengdu, China — 3 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.
Head to Galleria and Fangsuo Book Storefor some retail therapy. Get outdoors at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi) and Mount Qingcheng. There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at IFS and don't miss a visit to Tianfu Square.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Chengdu sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Emeishan to Chengdu in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Xi'an.
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Xi'an, China — 2 nights

Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): surround yourself with nature on Travel China Guide. Keep things going the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Xi'an Bell Tower and then get engrossed in the history at The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Xi'an trip site.

Traveling by train from Chengdu to Xi'an takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Chengdu in February: high temperatures in Xi'an hover around 11°C and lows are around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can fly to Beijing.
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Beijing, China — 4 nights

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.
Shop till you drop at Nanluoguxiang and Panjiayuan Antique Market. Get a sense of the local culture at Mutianyu Great Wall and The Palace Museum. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take a stroll through 798 Art Zone, get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and steep yourself in history at Peking Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling (Song Qingling Guju).

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Beijing trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by train from Xi'an to Beijing takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in March, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Beijing, with lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can fly to Harbin.
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Harbin, China — 3 nights

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.
Unit 731 Museum and Saint Sophia Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Jinan international Shopping Plaza and Harbin Railway Riverside Clubfor some retail therapy. It doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Harbin Ice and Snow World and make a trip to Zhongyang Pedestrian Street.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Harbin driving holiday website.

You can take a train from Beijing to Harbin in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Beijing in March, with highs in Harbin at 4°C and lows at -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can fly to Seoul.
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Seoul, South Korea — 6 nights

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.
Get some cultural insight at Myeongdong Shopping Street and Gyeongbokgung Palace. Visiting Bukhansan National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, take a stroll through Insadong, and get to know the fascinating history of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

To see photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Seoul holiday maker website.

Traveling by flight from Harbin to Seoul takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, car, ferry, and subway; or do a combination of train, ferry, and subway. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Harbin to Seoul. In March, Seoul is a bit warmer than Harbin - with highs of 13°C and lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to fly back home.
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China travel guide

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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.
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