59 days in China & South Korea Itinerary

59 days in China & South Korea Itinerary

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Beijing, China
— 7 nights
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Chengdu, China
— 2 nights
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Lijiang, China
— 2 nights
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Dali, China
— 2 nights
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Hong Kong, China
— 6 nights
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Guangzhou, China
— 4 nights
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Xiamen, China
— 3 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 6 nights
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Jeju, South Korea
— 7 nights
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Ferry to Haenam Usuyeong, Taxi to Mokpo Station, Train to Busan
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Busan, South Korea
— 4 nights
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Daegu, South Korea
— 3 nights
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Beijing, China

— 7 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.
Get some cultural insight at Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nanluoguxiang and 798 Art Zone. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of The Palace Museum, take some stellar pictures from Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), and browse for treasures at Panjiayuan Antique Market.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Beijing day trip tool.

Billund, Denmark to Beijing is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Billund to Beijing, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Billund in March, you will find days in Beijing are somewhat warmer (17°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Chengdu.

Things to do in Beijing

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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.
Mount Qingcheng and Kuanzhai Alley are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Suit Republic or Galleria. The adventure continues: stroll through Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), get to know the fascinating history of Jinli Pedestrian Street, and don't miss a visit to Tianfu Square.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Chengdu day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Chengdu takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Beijing in March: high temperatures in Chengdu hover around 21°C and lows are around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Lijiang.

Things to do in Chengdu

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Lijiang, China

— 2 nights

Suzhou on the Plateau

The cultural capital of the Naxi people, one of the 55 minority ethnic groups in the country, Lijang traces its history back over 800 years, with the city developing from a trading post on the ancient Southern Silk Road.
Get outdoors at Yulong (Jade Dragon) Mountain and Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Xia). Do some cultural sightseeing at Old Town of Lijiang - China and Shuhe Ancient Town. The adventure continues: admire the local landmark of Black Dragon Pond Park.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lijiang tour planner.

You can fly from Chengdu to Lijiang in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Dali.

Things to do in Lijiang

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Dali, China

— 2 nights
Combining a glorious past with modern conveniences and scenic natural surroundings, Dali stands out as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Yunnan, perched in a strategic location and boasting fertile fields for agriculture.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Da Li Shi Kong Guo Shi Museum and then wander the streets of Dali Ancient. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple (Northwest Gate) and then delve into the lush surroundings at Erhai Lake.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dali trip planner.

You can drive from Lijiang to Dali in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can fly to Hong Kong.

Things to do in Dali

Parks · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Hong Kong, China

— 6 nights

Pearl of the Orient

Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
For shopping fun, head to MingCha Tea House or Choco L'ART Studio. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lantau island and Ruins of St. Paul's. Step out of Hong Kong with an excursion to Kun Iam Temple in Macau--about 1h 30 min away. Pack the 18th (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Hong Kong Disneyland. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, browse the different shops at Harbour City, and get engrossed in the history at Hong Kong Maritime Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hong Kong trip planner.

Traveling by train from Dali to Hong Kong takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Hong Kong can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can take a train to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

Guangzhou, China

— 4 nights
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Shamian Island and Chen Clan Ancestral Hall-Folk Craft Museum. Get outdoors at Yuexiu Mountain and Baiyun Mountain. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Beijing Road Raw Material For Medicine Shopping Mall, browse the different shops at Onelink International Plaza, make a trip to Canton Tower, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Chimelong Safari Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Guangzhou journey planning website.

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 March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Guangzhou, with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Xiamen.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Parks · Nature · Shopping · Zoos & Aquariums

Xiamen, China

— 3 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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Gulangyu and Zhongshan Road Walking Street. Get a sense of the local culture at Yuyuan Garden and Xiamen Piano Museum. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Xiamen University, trek along Kulangsu Huandao Road, witness a stunning natural landmark at Xiamen Riyuegu Hot Spring Resort Communities, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nanputuo Temple.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Xiamen online road trip planner.

You can fly from Guangzhou to Xiamen in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In March in Xiamen, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Shanghai.

Things to do in Xiamen

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Shanghai, China

— 6 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.
For shopping fun, head to Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) or Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre. Get a sense of the local culture at Former French Concession and Zhujiajiao Ancient Town. Spend the 4th (Mon) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), view the masterpieces at Three on the Bund, and enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Shanghai trip builder website.

Getting from Xiamen to Shanghai by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Xiamen in April, with highs in Shanghai at 25°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Jeju.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Wildlife

Jeju, South Korea

— 7 nights

Island of the Gods

The main town on the largest of Korea's islands, Jeju has a volcanic landscape protected by UNESCO. The World Heritage-listed volcanic island includes the country's highest peak, sets of impressive lava tubes and columns, and several crater lakes.
Step out of the city life by going to Dongmun Market and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at Jeju National Museum and Jeju Folk Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Jeju: Seogwipo (O’sulloc Tea Museum, Halla Mountain, &more). There's much more to do: Head underground at Manjanggul Cave, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bulsari Tapsa Temple, explore the world behind art at Trick Art Museum Korea, and steep yourself in history at Seongeup Folk Village.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Jeju online tour builder.

Getting from Shanghai to Jeju by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, ferry, and taxi. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to Korean Standard Time (KST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can fly to Busan.

Things to do in Jeju

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Busan, South Korea

— 4 nights
The country's second city, Busan has often been referred to as South Korea's summer capital.
Get in touch with nature at Haeundae Beach and Gwangalli Beach. Head to Jagalchi Market and Shinsegae Dept. Store Centum Cityfor plenty of shopping. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Busan: Gyeongju (Gyeongju Bird Park & Gyeongju National Museum). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Haedong Yonggungsa, get great views at Taejongdae, stroll through Yongdusan Park, and don't miss a visit to BIFF Square.

Before you visit Busan, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Jeju to Busan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry, taxi, and train. In April, daily temperatures in Busan can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Daegu.

Things to do in Busan

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Daegu, South Korea

— 3 nights
The fourth-largest city in South Korea, Daegu sprawls out across a wide, flat valley overlooked by a sacred Buddhist mountain.
Get a sense of the local culture at Haeinsa and Bullodong Ancient Tomb Park. Get in touch with nature at Upo Wetland and Daegu Arboretum. The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at Seomun Market, walk around Apsan Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Donghwasa.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Daegu itinerary planning tool.

You can take a train from Busan to Daegu in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. April in Daegu sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Seoul.

Things to do in Daegu

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Seoul, South Korea

— 5 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 Bukchon Hanok Village. Take a break from the city and head to Cheonggyecheon Stream and Nami Island. When in Seoul, make a side trip to see Korea National Arboretum in Pocheon, approximately Pocheon away. Spend the 24th (Sun) exploring nature at Bukhansan National Park. There's lots more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Namdaemun Market, take in panoramic vistas at N Seoul Tower, admire the landmark architecture of Changdeokgung Palace, and take an in-depth tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace.

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Getting from Daegu to Seoul by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Daegu in April: highs in Seoul hover around 20°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Seoul

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.

South Korea travel guide

4.2
Shopping · History Museums · Parks
Land of the Morning Calm
Though it boasts a history spanning thousands of years, South Korea ranks among the world's most urbanized and modernized countries, with nearly half of its population living in high-rises concentrated in the national capital. In this land of pristine mountain scenery, many South Korea vacations involve some form of winter sports--not surprising for the country that won the bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics. Curious travelers wishing to get to know South Korea's heart and soul spend only a small part of their holiday in big cities like Busan and Seoul, devoting much of their attention to the tranquil countryside that seems largely untouched by the 21st century.