39 days in China & Taiwan Itinerary

39 days in China & Taiwan Itinerary

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39 days in China & Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Taipei, Taiwan
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Tainan, Taiwan
— 1 night
3
Taichung, Taiwan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Chiayi, Taiwan
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Taipei, Taiwan
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Taoyuan District, Taiwan
— 1 day
Drive:  45​min
7
Taipei, Taiwan
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
8
Beijing, China
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h
9
Suzhou, China
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
10
Wuxi, China
— 1 night
11
Hangzhou, China
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
12
Shanghai, China
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
13
Xi'an, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
14
Yichang, China
— 4 nights
train + taxi:  5​h
15
Chongqing, China
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  3​h
16
Guilin, China
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
17
Longsheng County, China
— 1 night
taxi + train:  4​h 30​min
18
Guangzhou, China
— 2 nights
+3
bus + ferry + foot + bus:  2​h 30​min
19
Taipei, Taiwan
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Auckland, New Zealand

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shilin Night Market as well as Tonghua Night Market. Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): stop by Tonghua Night Market. Keep things going the next day: take a stroll through Ximending, then make a trip to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Shilin Night Market.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Taipei trip maker tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Taipei is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Auckland to Taipei. When traveling from Auckland in October, plan for much warmer days in Taipei, with highs around 32°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Tainan.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping Neighborhoods
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Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101
Ximending
Ximending
Shilin Night Market
Shilin Night Market

1
night
Tainan, Taiwan

Tainan ©
The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Chimei Museum, Hayashi Department Store, Anping Fort (Anping gubao), and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): explore the wide array of goods at Hayashi Department Store, see the interesting displays at Chimei Museum, deepen your knowledge of military history at Anping Fort (Anping gubao), hunt for treasures at Anping Old Street, then see the interesting displays at Old Tainan Watercourse, and finally look for gifts at Garden Night Market.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Tainan itinerary planner .

Getting from Taipei to Tainan by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Taichung.

Things to do in Tainan

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Hayashi Department Store ©
Hayashi Department Store
Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
Anping Fort (Anping gubao) ©
Anping Fort (Anping gubao)

1
night
Taichung, Taiwan

Taichung ©
Known its good weather, Taichung boasts an interesting set of cultural attractions, including many temples showing the development of religious architectural styles in the area and forming focal points for most tours of Taichung.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tunghai University as well as FengJia Night Market. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Tunghai University and then look for gifts at FengJia Night Market.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Taichung trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Tainan to Taichung takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tainan in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Taichung, with lows of 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Chiayi.

Things to do in Taichung

Shopping
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FengJia Night Market ©
FengJia Night Market
Tunghai University ©
Tunghai University

1
day
Chiayi, Taiwan

Chiayi ©
The provincial city in the county of the same name, Chiayi sits as the gateway to the national scenic mountain area of Alishan.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fenqi Hu Old Street as well as Alishan National Forest Recreation Area. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): take in the pleasant sights at Fenqi Hu Old Street and then delve into the lush surroundings at Alishan National Forest Recreation Area.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Chiayi trip planner .

You can drive from Taichung to Chiayi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Taipei.

Things to do in Chiayi

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Fenqi Hu Old Street, Alishan National Forest Recreation Area
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Fenqi Hu Old Street ©
Fenqi Hu Old Street

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Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): stop by Wu Fen Pu (Wufenpu Garment Wholesale Area).

Plan a Taipei trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Chiayi to Taipei in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Taoyuan District.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

New Taipei
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Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Shifen Old Street ©
Shifen Old Street

1
day
Taoyuan District, Taiwan

Taoyuan District ©
Taoyuan District, formerly known as Taoyuan City, is a district of Taoyuan City in northwestern Taiwan. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): walk around Taoyuan Arts Plaza and then examine the collection at World of Coca-Cola.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Taoyuan District sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Taipei to Taoyuan District in an hour. October in Taoyuan District sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Taipei.

Things to do in Taoyuan District

Museums Parks
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World of Coca-Cola ©
World of Coca-Cola
Taoyuan Arts Plaza ©
Taoyuan Arts Plaza

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nights
Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei ©
Yangmingshan National Park has been added to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine and Wulai. When in Taipei, make a side trip to see Jiaosi Hot Spring in Jiaoxi, approximately 40 minutes away. See even more of Taipei: get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Taipei online holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Taoyuan District to Taipei takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Taipei

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Jiaosi Hot Spring, Wulai
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Yangmingshan National Park ©
Yangmingshan National Park
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Niaochao National Stadium, Tian'anmen, Gong Wang Fu, and other attractions you added. Get some cultural insight at Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Back Lakes (Hou Hai). Do your shopping at 798 Art Zone and Youtang Life Square. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, contemplate the long history of Peking Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling (Song Qingling Guju), and ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Beijing road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Taipei to Beijing takes 8 hours. When traveling from Taipei in October, plan for little chillier days in Beijing, with highs around 22°C, while nights are cooler with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Suzhou.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Juyong Pass of Great Wall ©
Juyong Pass of Great Wall
Gong Wang Fu ©
Gong Wang Fu

1
night
Suzhou, China

Suzhou ©
One of the oldest settlements in the Yangtze basin, Suzhou remains a complex, labyrinthine set of old canal districts, World Heritage gardens, and sprawling modern developments.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shantang Street, The Lingering Garden and Suzhou No.1 Silk Mill. On the 28th (Mon), appreciate the extensive heritage of Shantang Street.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Suzhou travel planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Beijing to Suzhou takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Wuxi.

Things to do in Suzhou

Parks Historic Sites Tours
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Humble Administrator's Garden ©
Humble Administrator's Garden
The Lingering Garden ©
The Lingering Garden
Shantang Street ©
Shantang Street

1
night
Wuxi, China

Wuxi ©
An industrial hot spot, Wuxi boasts a longstanding heritage, bustling economy, and picturesque natural landscapes.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jichang Garden as well as Tai Hu Yuan Tou Zhu Feng Jing Qu. On the 29th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Huishan old town, then appreciate the extensive heritage of CCTV Wuxi Film Base, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nanchan Temple of Wuxi, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Jichang Garden.

For ratings and more tourist information, read our Wuxi online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Suzhou to Wuxi takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or do a combination of bus and subway. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Wuxi

Historic Sites
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Nanchan Temple of Wuxi ©
Nanchan Temple of Wuxi
Jichang Garden ©
Jichang Garden
Tai Hu Yuan Tou Zhu Feng Jing Qu ©
Tai Hu Yuan Tou Zhu Feng Jing Qu

1
night
Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou ©
Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Longjing tea fields. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Hefang Street.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hangzhou trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Wuxi to Hangzhou in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Parks Historic Sites
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Longjing tea fields ©
Longjing tea fields
Hefang Street ©
Hefang Street
West Lake (Xi Hu) ©
West Lake (Xi Hu)

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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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Taikang Road, Fengjing Ancient Town, Nanxiang Old Street, and other attractions. On the 31st (Thu), contemplate the long history of Nanxiang Old Street, then steep yourself in history at Fengjing Ancient Town, then take a stroll through Taikang Road, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road).

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

You can drive from Hangzhou to Shanghai in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October, daytime highs in Shanghai are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Former French Concession ©
Former French Concession
Old Town (Nanshi) ©
Old Town (Nanshi)

2
nights
Xi'an, China

Xi'an
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Xi'an Mosque as well as Xi'an Bell Tower. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), then take in panoramic vistas at Xi'an Bell Tower, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xi'an Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, stop by Muslim market, and then delve into the distant past at Dacien Temple.

Planning Xi'an trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Shanghai to Xi'an by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in November, things will get slightly colder in Xi'an: highs are around 14°C and lows about 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Yichang.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Xi'an Mosque ©
Xi'an Mosque
Xi'an Bell Tower ©
Xi'an Bell Tower

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nights
Yichang, China

Yichang ©
Although not particularly touristy, the tranquil castle town of Okazaki charms visitors with its scenic parks, ornamental flower gardens, and forested areas.
Take a break from the city and head to Three Gorges and Sanxia National Geological Park. Quyuan Temple of Yichang and Huangling Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Sanxia Family Scenic Resort.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yichang road trip site .

You can fly from Xi'an to Yichang in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You will leave for Chongqing on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in Yichang

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Quyuan Temple of Yichang
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 8:
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Three Gorges ©
Three Gorges
Sanxia Family Scenic Resort ©
Sanxia Family Scenic Resort

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hours
Chongqing, China

Chongqing
With one of the most populated and largest metropolitan areas in the world, Chongqing was the de facto capital of China during World War II.
To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Chongqing road trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Yichang to Chongqing in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 13°C. You will leave for Guilin on the 8th (Fri).

Things to do in Chongqing

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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nights
Guilin, China

Guilin ©
The riverside karst landscape around Guilin has long made it a favorite with Chinese poets, photographers, and travelers.
Jingjiang Princess House has been added to your itinerary.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Guilin holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Chongqing to Guilin takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Longsheng County.

Things to do in Guilin

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 10:
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Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan) ©
Reed Flute Cave (Ludi Yan)
Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces ©
Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces
Jingjiang Princess House ©
Jingjiang Princess House

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night
Longsheng County, China

Longsheng County
The highlight of a trip to Longsheng County is undoubtedly its terraced rice paddies.
To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Longsheng County day trip planning app .

Getting from Guilin to Longsheng County by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. On the 11th (Mon), you're off toGuangzhou.

Things to do in Longsheng County

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Guangzhou, China

Guangzhou ©
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes China Plaza as well as Seven Star Crags (Qixing Yan). Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): wander the streets of Shamian Island and then browse the different shops at China Plaza. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Beijing Road Raw Material For Medicine Shopping Mall and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Seven Star Crags (Qixing Yan).

Take the guesswork out of planning a Guangzhou vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Longsheng County to Guangzhou takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In November, daytime highs in Guangzhou are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. On the 13th (Wed), you'll travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Seven Star Crags (Qixing Yan)
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Shamian Island ©
Shamian Island
Seven Star Crags (Qixing Yan) ©
Seven Star Crags (Qixing Yan)

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Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei
For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Taipei trip planner .

Getting from Guangzhou to Taipei by combination of bus and ferry takes about 20.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Shopping Outdoors
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