33 days in China Itinerary

33 days in China Itinerary

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33 days in China Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  21​h 30​min
1
Beijing
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h
2
Changsha
— 1 night
train:  5​h
3
Zhangjiajie
— 3 nights
train:  5​h
4
Changsha
— 13 nights
Fly:  5​h
5
Shanghai
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Changsha
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
7
Beijing
— Few hours
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Beijing

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.
Beijing is known for historic sites, museums, shopping, nightlife, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, examine the collection at National Museum Of China, and get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong).

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Beijing trip maker tool .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Beijing is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to China Standard Time (CST) is 6 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: high temperatures in Beijing hover around 40°F and lows are around 19°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Changsha.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

1
night
Changsha

Changsha
A good starting point for explorations of the province, Changsha stands as a modern city with 3,000 years of history behind it.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get your game on at Changsha Workers Cultural Palace.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Changsha trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by flight from Beijing to Changsha takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Changsha

Fun & Games

3
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Zhangjiajie is known for nature, nightlife, wildlife, fun & games, and baths. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: delve into the lush surroundings at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie, don't miss a visit to Zhangjiajie Old Courtyard, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park, and explore the activities along Baofeng Lake.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read Zhangjiajie day trip planner .

Drive from Changsha to Zhangjiajie in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Changsha.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan

13
nights
Changsha

Changsha ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Changsha: Zhuzhou (Yandi Square, Shennong Park, & more), Zhuzhou Shennong Ecological Park (in Zhuzhou County) and Liuyang (Dawei Mountain National Forest Park, Simiao Park, & more). See even more of Changsha: walk around Yuhu Park, see the interesting displays at Shaping Hunan Embroidery Museum, relax in the rural setting at Changsha Baiguo Orchard Farm, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Tianxin Park.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Changsha trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Zhangjiajie to Changsha takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Changsha

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shaoshan, Zhuzhou, Xiangtan, Wangcheng County, Liuyang
Highlights from your plan
Martyr's Park ©
Martyr's Park
Yuhu Park ©
Yuhu Park
Shaping Hunan Embroidery Museum ©
Shaping Hunan Embroidery Museum

3
nights
Shanghai

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.
On the 29th (Sun), admire the striking features of Jade Buddha Temple. On your second day here, take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, then enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), then admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and finally shop like a local with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road).

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Traveling by flight from Changsha to Shanghai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Shanghai are 52°F, while nighttime lows are 40°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Changsha.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Tours Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)

6
nights
Changsha

Changsha ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Zhuzhou (Zhuzhou Cultural Park & Shennong Park), Shaoshan (Bronze Statue of Chairman Mao, Mao's Ancestors Ancestral Hall, & more) and Xiangtan (Qi Baishi Memorial hall, Xiangtan Confucious' Temple, & more). See even more of Changsha: go for a walk through Taiping Street, admire the masterpieces at Hunan Picture Gallery, get your game on at Changsha Noah Cruise, and explore the ancient world of Western Han Dynasty Royal Tomb in Changsha.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Changsha tour site .

Fly from Shanghai to Changsha in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Changsha

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Xiangtan, Ningxiang County, Wangcheng County, Shaoshan, Zhuzhou
Highlights from your plan
Changsha Ecological Zoo ©
Changsha Ecological Zoo

few
hours
Beijing

Beijing
To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Beijing travel route planner.

You can fly from Changsha to Beijing in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. On the 7th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Beijing

Tours Historic Sites Parks

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