35 days in China & Pyongyang Itinerary

35 days in China & Pyongyang Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  12 h
1
Hong Kong, China
— 11 nights
Helicopter:  15 min
2
Macau, China
— 8 nights
+2
Ferry + Bus + Fly:  9 h 15 min
3
Pyongyang, North Korea
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
4
Beijing, China
— 10 nights
Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Sydney, Australia

11
nights
Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong ©
Witness the vibrant skyline of Hong Kong, an impressive urban territory on the southern coast of China.
Hong Kong is known for shopping, theme parks, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Ocean Park, head off the coast to Lantau island, walk around Nan Lian Garden, and enjoy breathtaking views from Victoria Peak (The Peak).

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hong Kong attractions planner.

Sydney, Australia to Hong Kong is an approximately 12- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight, subway, and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Hong Kong Standard Time (HKT), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in January, things will get a bit cooler in Hong Kong: highs are around 23°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to take a combination of to Macau.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) ©
Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)

8
nights
Macau, China

Macau ©
Vacation in Macau to discover one of the world's richest cities organized as an autonomous region of China that, until 1999, was administered by Portugal.
Macau is known for historic sites, casinos, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Ruins of St. Paul's, get to know the fascinating history of Historic Centre of Macau, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see the interesting displays at Macao Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Macau road trip planner.

Macau is just a short distance from Hong Kong. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Pyongyang.

Things to do in Macau

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Ruins of St. Paul's ©
Ruins of St. Paul's
Casino at Venetian Macao ©
Casino at Venetian Macao
A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu) ©
A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu)

4
nights
Pyongyang, North Korea

Pyongyang ©
Built from the ground up after the Korean War, Pyongyang impresses with its Soviet-era buildings and monuments to modern leadership.
Pyongyang is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Tanjun Mausoleum, make a trip to Mangyongdae School Children's Palace, get in on the family fun at Kaeson Youth Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Daedong River (Taedong River).

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Pyongyang trip itinerary website.

Getting from Macau to Pyongyang by combination of ferry and flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Macau to Pyongyang is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Pyongyang

Parks Historic Sites Theme Parks
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 1:
Highlights from your plan
Daedong River (Taedong River) ©
Daedong River (Taedong River)
Geumsusan Memorial Palace ©
Geumsusan Memorial Palace
Kaeson Youth Park ©
Kaeson Youth Park

10
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, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, see the interesting displays at National Museum Of China, appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), and get engrossed in the history at The Palace Museum.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Beijing tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Pyongyang to Beijing takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Pyongyang to Beijing is minus 1 hour. In February, daily temperatures in Beijing can reach 6°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

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