51 days in China, Russia & Ulaanbaatar Itinerary

51 days in China, Russia & Ulaanbaatar Itinerary

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51 days in China, Russia & Ulaanbaatar Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  7​h
1
Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
2
Shenzhen, China
— 3 nights
3
Kunming, China
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
4
Chongqing, China
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Chengdu, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
6
Xi'an, China
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Shanghai, China
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Beijing, China
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
9
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 5 nights
10
Irkutsk, Russia
— 5 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
11
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
12
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Zurich, Switzerland


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2
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Spend the 4th (Sat) in some colorful company at Ocean Park. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak), don't miss a visit to Hong Kong Skyline, take a leisurely stroll along Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, and catch some excitement at Sandbox VR.

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Singapore, Singapore to Hong Kong is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can drive to Shenzhen.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park
Hong Kong Skyline ©
Hong Kong Skyline

3
nights
Shenzhen, China

Shenzhen ©
A fairly humble collection of farming and fishing villages and towns until 1979, you wouldn't guess as much when taking a tour of Shenzhen.
Pack the 5th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Happy Valley of Shenzhen. Pack the 6th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at OCT East Shenzhen. There's lots more to do: browse the collection at Shenzhen Library, get your game on at Sea World, make a trip to Shenzhen Window of the World, and get in on the family fun at China Folk Culture Village.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Shenzhen vacation planner.

Shenzhen is just a stone's throw from Hong Kong. In May in Shenzhen, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kunming.

Things to do in Shenzhen

Theme Parks Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Happy Valley of Shenzhen ©
Happy Valley of Shenzhen
Shenzhen Library ©
Shenzhen Library
OCT East Shenzhen ©
OCT East Shenzhen

3
nights
Kunming, China

Kunming ©
With a temperate climate at 2,000 m (6,600 ft) and a variety of tourist attractions, Kunming makes a popular gateway for exploring Yunnan Province.
Go for a jaunt from Kunming to Shilin County to see Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kunming Golden Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Huating Temple, don't miss a visit to Kunming Dragon Gate, and take in the awesome beauty at Kunming West Hill (Xishan Forest Park).

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kunming trip planning app .

You can fly from Shenzhen to Kunming in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Shenzhen in May, with highs in Kunming at 29°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Chongqing.

Things to do in Kunming

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yunnan Stone Forest Geological Park
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Green Lake (Cui Hu) ©
Green Lake (Cui Hu)
Kunming Golden Temple ©
Kunming Golden Temple
Huating Temple ©
Huating Temple

3
nights
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.
Chongqing is known for nature, historic sites, museums, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Three Gorges Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Chongqing Zoo (Chongqing Dongwuyuan), make a trip to Jiefang Monument, and admire the landmark architecture of Chongqing School of Technology.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Chongqing online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kunming to Chongqing takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kunming in May since evenings lows in Chongqing dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Chengdu.

Things to do in Chongqing

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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Chongqing Zoo (Chongqing Dongwuyuan) ©
Three Gorges Museum ©
Three Gorges Museum
Ciqikou (Porcelain Port) ©
Ciqikou (Porcelain Port)

5
nights
Chengdu, China

Chengdu ©
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.
You've now added Food Tours to your itinerary. Take a break from Chengdu with a short trip to Dujiangyan Irrigation System in Dujiangyan, about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Giant Panda Breeding Research Base (Xiongmao Jidi), take in the spiritual surroundings of Wenshu Yuan Monastery, make a trip to Kuanzhai Alley, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Chengdu road trip planner.

Getting from Chongqing to Chengdu by combination of taxi and train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of subway and train. May in Chengdu sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Xi'an.

Things to do in Chengdu

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dujiangyan Irrigation System
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Dujiangyan Irrigation System ©
Dujiangyan Irrigation System
Photography Tours

4
nights
Xi'an, China

Xi'an ©
Historians often describe Xi'an, capital city for over a dozen dynasties, as the birthplace of Chinese civilization.
Xi'an is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, nature, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take an in-depth tour of The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, delve into the distant past at Xi'an City Wall (Chengqiang), admire the masterpieces at TangBo Art Museum, and get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Xi'an trip planning app .

You can fly from Chengdu to Xi'an in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Chengdu in May, plan for little chillier nights in Xi'an, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Xi'an

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
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6
nights
Shanghai, China

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Shanghai side-trips: Xitang Ancient Town (in Jiashan County) and Tongli Town (in Suzhou). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of The Bund (Wai Tan), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, and admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan).

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai online travel route builder .

Getting from Xi'an to Shanghai by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Xi'an in May, Shanghai is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Shopping Tours

Side Trips

Tongli Town, Xitang Ancient Town
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Walking tours
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)

7
nights
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, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Mutianyu Great Wall, take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Beijing day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Shanghai in May, plan for a bit cooler nights in Beijing, with lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Food Tours
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

5
nights
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Saddle up on the 8th (Sat) and explore with a tour on horseback. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Four Holy Peaks, get engrossed in the history at National History Museum, pause for some photo ops at Genghis Khan Statue Complex, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gandantegchenling Monastery.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ulaanbaatar route website .

Fly from Beijing to Ulaanbaatar in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Beijing in June, with highs in Ulaanbaatar at 26°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Nature Tours Outdoors
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Gorkhi-Terelj National Park ©
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Genghis Khan Square ©
Genghis Khan Square
Gandantegchenling Monastery ©
Gandantegchenling Monastery

5
nights
Irkutsk, Russia

Irkutsk ©
The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Spend the 12th (Wed) on horseback at Pribaikalskiy National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Baikal, examine the collection at Muzeum Krajoznawcze Obwodu Irkuckiego, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Sign, and take a peaceful walk through Kaiskaya Forest.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Irkutsk day trip site .

Fly from Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June in Irkutsk, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Lake Baikal
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Lake Baikal ©
Lake Baikal
Pribaikalskiy National Park ©
Pribaikalskiy National Park
House of Europe ©
House of Europe

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nights
Moscow, Russia

Moscow ©
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.
On the 16th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Kremlin Walls and Towers, explore the world behind art at The State Tretyakov Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad). On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml) and then get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Moscow planner .

You can fly from Irkutsk to Moscow in 7.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. You'll gain 5 hours traveling from Irkutsk to Moscow due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Irkutsk in June, expect nights in Moscow to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 24°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) ©
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral

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nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg ©
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, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), and pause for some serene contemplation at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas.

To find photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg vacation planner .

You can take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Nightlife
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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