23 days in Shanghai, Beijing & Tokyo Itinerary

23 days in Shanghai, Beijing & Tokyo Itinerary

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23 days in Shanghai, Beijing & Tokyo Itinerary

Start: Wellington, New Zealand
Fly:  18​h
1
Shanghai, China
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Beijing, China
— 8 nights
Fly:  7​h
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Wellington, New Zealand

6
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.
The Bund (Wai Tan) and Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Do your shopping at Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) and South Bund Soft Spinning Material Market. When in Shanghai, make a side trip to see Chongming Dongtan Birds National Nature Reserve in Chongming County, approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Former French Concession, admire the landmark architecture of Jade Buddha Temple, make a trip to Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, and shop like a local with Xintiandi.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip builder app .

Wellington, New Zealand to Shanghai is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Wellington to Shanghai, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Wellington in September, with highs in Shanghai at 33°C and lows at 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Chongming Dongtan Birds National Nature Reserve
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town ©
Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

8
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Mutianyu Great Wall and Baihua Mountain Scenic Area. Appreciate the collections at The Palace Museum and Lama Temple (Yonghegong). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Panjiayuan Antique Market, identify plant and animal life at Yudushan Scenic Resort, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling).

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Beijing trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Beijing takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Shanghai in September since evenings lows in Beijing dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

7
nights
Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sensō-ji and Tokyo National Museum. Head to Ginza and Art Jeunesse Akihabarafor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tokyo: Fuji (Imamiya Tea Plantation & Nature & Wildlife Tours), Yokohama Nature Sanctuary (in Sakae) and Kamakura (Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine & Kōtoku-in). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Odaiba, trek along Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi, don't miss a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine, and get a taste of the local shopping with Asakusa.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tokyo trip planner.

Getting from Beijing to Tokyo by flight takes about 7 hours. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time to Japan Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Beijing in October: high temperatures in Tokyo hover around 26°C and lows are around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Yokohama, Fuji, Kamakura, Hayama Sangaokayama Ryokuchi
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Odaiba ©
Odaiba
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

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