33 days in China Itinerary

33 days in China Itinerary

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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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see Mutianyu Great Wall, get great views at Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), find something for the whole family at Olympic Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Beijing day trip planning app.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Beijing is an approximately 20- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Beijing is 6 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in Beijing reach 40°F and lows reach 19°F. On the 12th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Changsha.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 8 — 12:
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Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

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.
On the 12th (Thu), have some family-friendly fun at Changsha Workers Cultural Palace.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Changsha trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Beijing to Changsha in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 13th (Fri) before leaving for Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Changsha

Fun & Games
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 13:

3
nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
Zhangjiajie is known for nature, wildlife, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take a peaceful walk through Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie, admire the striking features of Zhangjiajie Zixia Temple, take in breathtaking views at The Grand Canyon of Zhangjiajie, and explore the activities along Golden Whip Brook.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Zhangjiajie trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Changsha to Zhangjiajie in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Changsha.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:
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Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park ©
Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park ©
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

13
nights
Changsha

Changsha ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Changsha: Zhuzhou Shennong Ecological Park (in Zhuzhou County), Liuyang (Dawei Mountain National Forest Park, Simiao Park, &more) and Zhuzhou (Yandi Square, Shennong Park, &more). See even more of Changsha: walk around Yuhu Park, get engrossed in the history at Shaoshan Mao Zedong Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Kai Fu Temple, and steep yourself in history at Yuelu Academy.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Changsha trip itinerary maker site.

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

Things to do in Changsha

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shaoshan, Zhuzhou, Xiangtan, Wangcheng County, Liuyang
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 29:
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jade Buddha Temple. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: go for a walk through The Bund (Wai Tan), see the interesting displays at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan), take in panoramic vistas at Shanghai World Financial Center, make a trip to Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), then take in nature's colorful creations at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road).

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Shanghai tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Changsha to Shanghai takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 52°F, and evening lows to 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Changsha.

Things to do in Shanghai

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 1:
Highlights from your plan
The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Yu Garden (Yuyuan) ©
Yu Garden (Yuyuan)
Shanghai World Financial Center ©
Shanghai World Financial Center

6
nights
Changsha

Changsha ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Changsha: Xiangtan (Qi Baishi Memorial hall & Xiangtan Confucious' Temple), Shaoshan (Bronze Statue of Chairman Mao, Mao's Ancestors Ancestral Hall, &more) and Zhuzhou (Zhuzhou Cultural Park & Shennong Park). Explore Changsha further: see the interesting displays at Xiangxiu Museum, have some family-friendly fun at Changsha Workers Cultural Palace, stroll around Wangyue Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Yuxing Lake and Sifang Mountain Scenic Resort of Yiyang.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Changsha travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Changsha takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Changsha

Parks Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Wangcheng County, Ningxiang County, Shaoshan, Xiangtan, Zhuzhou
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Changsha Ecological Zoo ©
Changsha Ecological Zoo
Wangfujing department Store (Changsha road) ©
Wangfujing department Store (huangxing) ©
Wangfujing department Store (huangxing)

few
hours
Beijing

Beijing
For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Beijing journey planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Changsha to Beijing takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You will leave for home on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Beijing

Tours Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

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