21 days in China, Tokyo & Seoul Itinerary

21 days in China, Tokyo & Seoul Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Hong Kong, China
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
2
Shanghai, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  6 h
3
Tokyo, Japan
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
4
Seoul, South Korea
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
5
Beijing, China
— 5 nights
Fly:  17 h 45 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

2
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Shop till you drop at IFC mall and The Whisky Library. Kids will appreciate attractions like Hong Kong Disneyland and Hong Kong Museum of History. Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Ocean Park. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hong Kong sightseeing planning app.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Hong Kong is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Hong Kong Standard Time is 6 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Johannesburg in December: highs in Hong Kong hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Theme Parks Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park
Hong Kong Museum of History ©
Hong Kong Museum of History

5
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) and Xintiandi. Museum-lovers will appreciate Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre and island6 Arts Center. The adventure continues: make a trip to The Bund (Wai Tan), take in panoramic vistas at Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), stop by Spin Ceramics, and buy something for everyone on your list at Dream cloud nine Shopping Mall (changning).

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Shanghai trip planner.

You can fly from Hong Kong to Shanghai in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. When traveling from Hong Kong in December, plan for little chillier days in Shanghai, with highs around 13°C, while nights are colder with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Tokyo.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping Museums Spas
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The Bund (Wai Tan) ©
The Bund (Wai Tan)
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) ©
Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)
Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)
Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road)

3
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Senso-ji Temple and Meiji Jingu Shrine. Get some cultural insight at Ginza and Tokyo National Museum. Have a day of magic on the 26th (Thu) at Tokyo Disneyland. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Edo-Tokyo Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Art Jeunesse Akihabara, shop like a local with Wa Space, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tokyo trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Tokyo takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Shanghai to Tokyo due to the time zone difference. In December, daytime highs in Tokyo are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Seoul.

Things to do in Tokyo

Shopping Theme Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Tokyo Disneyland
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Ginza ©
Ginza
Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Tokyo National Museum ©
Tokyo National Museum

2
nights
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul ©
One of east Asia's major cultural and financial centers, Seoul boasts five World Heritage Sites and a huge selection of museums, temples, shrines, palaces, parks, gardens, and glass-and-steel skyscrapers.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace. Cheonggyecheon Stream and Baek In-je's House will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: stop by Myeongdong Shopping Street, look for gifts at Creative Life Store KEY, make a trip to Bongeunsa Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Namsan Park.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Seoul trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Tokyo to Seoul takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and ferry; or do a combination of car and ferry. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Tokyo in December, with highs in Seoul at 3°C and lows at -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Seoul

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods
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Gyeongbokgung Palace ©
Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace ©
Changdeokgung Palace
Cheonggyecheon Stream ©
Cheonggyecheon Stream

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.
Get some cultural insight at Mutianyu Great Wall and The Palace Museum. Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Lama Temple (Yonghegong), see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, get a sense of history and politics at Temple of Heaven, and take a stroll around Beijing Working People's Cultural Palace.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Beijing trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Seoul to Beijing takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of subway, ferry, and train; or do a combination of bus and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from Seoul to Beijing is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Seoul in December, Beijing is little chillier at night with lows of -8°C. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Beijing

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

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