24 days in Hunan Itinerary

24 days in Hunan Itinerary

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24 days in Hunan Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Drive:  33​h
1
Hengyang
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Shaoshan
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Changsha
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Fenghuang County
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Jishou
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Guzhang County
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Yuanling County
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Zhangjiajie
— 8 nights
Fly:  30​h
End: Cape Town

1
night
Hengyang

Hengyang ©
Hengyang is the second largest city of Hunan Province, China. On the 25th (Tue), take in the awesome beauty at Zhurong Peak and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Hengshan. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Yueping Park, contemplate the long history of Shigu Academy, and then get to know the fascinating history of Hengshan Ancient City.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hengyang trip planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Hengyang is an approximately 33-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to China Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Shaoshan.

Things to do in Hengyang

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Hengshan Ancient City
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Mount Hengshan ©
Mount Hengshan
Zhurong Peak ©
Zhurong Peak

1
night
Shaoshan

Shaoshan ©
Shaoshan is a county-level city in Hunan Province, China. On the 27th (Thu), get engrossed in the history at Shaoshan Mao Zedong Memorial Museum, pause for some photo ops at Bronze Statue of Chairman Mao, then admire the landmark architecture of Mao Zedong Bronze Statue Square, then contemplate the long history of Mao Zedong's Former Residence (Shao Shan), and finally stroll through Mingyuan Park, Shaoshan.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Shaoshan trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Hengyang to Shaoshan takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Changsha.

Things to do in Shaoshan

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mount Yuelu and Kai Fu Temple. Pack the 30th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Changsha Window of the World. There's lots more to do: get your game on at Orange Island Park, see the interesting displays at Hunan Provincial Museum, stroll through Martyr's Park, and take in the architecture and design of Hunan University.

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Getting from Shaoshan to Changsha by car takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Fenghuang County.

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Theme Parks Parks Fun & Games
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Mount Yuelu ©
Mount Yuelu
Yuelu Academy ©
Yuelu Academy
Hunan Provincial Museum ©
Hunan Provincial Museum

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nights
Fenghuang County

Fenghuang County ©
The main town of Fenghuang County boasts a rich history of more than 300 years, with well-preserved architecture and cultural traditions.
Popular historic sites such as Phoenix Ancient Town and Tuojiang Ancient Street are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fenghuang Ancient City Museum and Zhunti Temple of Fenghuang Old City. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Phoenix Hong Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Nanhuashan Shenfeng Cultural Scenic Spot, don't miss a visit to Huangsi Bridge Ancient City, and explore the striking landscape at Tuojiang Rock.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Fenghuang County trip planner .

Getting from Changsha to Fenghuang County by combination of train and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Jishou.

Things to do in Fenghuang County

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Phoenix Ancient Town ©
Phoenix Ancient Town
Zhunti Temple of Fenghuang Old City ©
Xiong Xiling Former Residence ©
Xiong Xiling Former Residence

2
nights
Jishou

Jishou
Jishou is a county-level city and the seat of Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hunan province, China.Located on the west of the province, the city is bordered to the northwest by Huayuan and Baojing Counties, to the northeast by Guzhang County, to the southeast by Luxi County, to the southwest by Fenghuang County. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take in breathtaking views at Dehang Canyon and then hike along Aizhai Winding Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the awesome beauty at Pangu Peak, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dehang Quicksand Waterfall, and then take in panoramic vistas at Tianwen Platform.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Jishou trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Fenghuang County to Jishou takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Guzhang County.

Things to do in Jishou

Parks Nature Trails
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Guzhang County

Guzhang County
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Zuolong Gorges, contemplate the long history of Hangwu Miao Nationality Village, and then get to know the fascinating history of Red Stone Forest.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Guzhang County journey tool .

Getting from Jishou to Guzhang County by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yuanling County.

Things to do in Guzhang County

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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night
Yuanling County

Yuanling County
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Huaihua Cliff Cemetery and then admire the striking features of Huaihua Fenghuang Temple.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yuanling County tour itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Guzhang County to Yuanling County in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Zhangjiajie.

Things to do in Yuanling County

Historic Sites
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nights
Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie ©
The city of Zhangjiajie has become particularly well known for its striking surrounding landscape.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Onsen Resorts and Yellow Dragon Cave. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Zhangjiajie Puguang Temple and Zhangjiajie Dongfeng Reservoir. On the 11th (Thu), enjoy a day of scenic exploration at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Tianzi Mountain Clouds, delve into the lush surroundings at Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area of Zhangjiajie, enjoy breathtaking views from Zhangjiajie Tianbofu Scenic Resort, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tianzi Mountain.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Zhangjiajie driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Yuanling County to Zhangjiajie takes 5.5 hours. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zhangjiajie

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Zhangjiajie Dongfeng Reservoir
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