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hong kong- china (guangzhou , shen zhen) trip in 10 days!

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hong kong- china (guangzhou , shen zhen) trip in 10 days!

hello! Im from Mauritius.

My family and i are planning a trip to hong kong and china (guang zhou and shen zhen) in december. Dates: 16 dec - 26 dec

ok so , people are telling me that we should do at least 4 days in china ( GZ and SZ ). They say its useless shopping in hongkong cuz its going to be very expensive as compared to shopping in guangzhou and shenzhen. so, we figured out that as soon as we arrive in hongkong on 16th, we move to china (via train? wats better?) and do our 4 days of shopping overthere.

Is it worth spending 2-2days in GZ and SZ ? more days is better or fewer? then, 6 days remaining for hongkong, maybe disney land- we have 3 teenagers with us. , and some sight seeing etc.

Also as per the dates we have, we are going to be in hk for christmas. Any particular happenings in hk during those days, that might be very interesting?

So, its is good to do only 4 days in china? i know its not expensive there. we'l have to find a small hotel near shopping places in GZ (ive heard of haizhu whole market and luo ho) and shen zhen too. Are there much sight seeing in gz and sz that deserve more days? we'v never been to these places , so everythings gonna be new. Wat better planning of days do u suggest?

thank youuu veryy muchhh!!!!

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1. Re: hong kong- china (guangzhou , shen zhen) trip in 10 days!

They say its useless shopping in hongkong cuz its going to be very expensive as compared to shopping in guangzhou and shenzhen

- shopping in hk is totally different from shopping in shenzhen + guangzhou. hk is cheaper on branded products while shenzhen + guangzhou is for unbranded local made products. a lot of people from china go to hk for shopping branded products ranging from esprit to high end prada.

your itinerary, depends on what time you arriving hkia, you can direct go to shenzhen via bus/coach/train/ferry. then stay 1-2 nights, for shopping and can explore windows of the world and china folk culture village. then bus/train to guangzhou for 2-3 more nights, train back to hk for the balance period.

hotel wise.

shenzhen, stay somewhere near mtr, especially at Luo Hu or Dongmen area.

guangzhou is bigger, but usually will be near beijing road or tianhe area.

hk, somewhere central like tst or causeway bay

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ohh ok thanks thanks !

hm, is there night life in gz and sz? iknow hk stays lively and open till pretty late at night. + we gonna be there during christmas period, so i guess everything'l probably stay open till late?

Also, ive just heard of macao? How long do you suggest staying there if we were to go there? is the ticket expensive to go there by boat?

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3. Re: hong kong- china (guangzhou , shen zhen) trip in 10 days!

That's only 2 weeks away. Have you booked your flights yet? I take it you have not booked any hotels? It's kind of late and you should book hotels as soon as possible. Also do you have visa for China already? I don't know what passports you hold, but make sure you have Chinese visa if you need it.

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4. Re: hong kong- china (guangzhou , shen zhen) trip in 10 days!

There is nightlife in SZ as well as GZ and HK is open late every night.

You may need to be more precise about what you are looking for (shopping, night life, sights) if you want to get useful recommendations.

HK has not sales tax. Therefore many (branded) goods are cheaper than is other countries. If you for example want to buy Apple computers, HK is the better choice over China mainland. If you look for fake clothing, fake watches, or mobile phone accessories, SZ and GZ are better than HK.

Many threads here about travelling from HK to SZ. MTR will be your choice if you go to Luohu. Train from HK or SZ to GZ is fast and comfortable.

Same for Macau. Many discussions here. Not expensive to go by ferry. Hotel costs will be more relevant (SZ/GZ much cheaper than HK/Macau). If you plan to go, I recommend one or two days, depending on what you want to do/see. You will not be able to do HK, SZ, GZ, Macau without having stress. For sight seeing, reserve most of the time in HK.

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5. Re: hong kong- china (guangzhou , shen zhen) trip in 10 days!

I personally love Hong Kong a lot and think it's worthy of at least a couple days.

There are direct trains from Hong Kong city or airport to Guangzhou, the timetable can be found on prdguide.com

If you are going to Shenzhen just take the MTR within HK which will take you to Luohu border or Shenzhen Bay.

There are buses you can take to, both to Shenzhen and Guangzhou, schedules can be found at the same site.

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yes everything's been settled today. Visa done and flights booked. 16thdec-28thdec. 2 more days added. and booking hotels as soon as possible. Not looking for 5star hotel or anything. Doing my best to obtain the best prices for accpetable prices. also we are 4 people. Trying to squeeze everybody in 1 room rather than having to take 2 seperate rooms.

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thank you alot ! And, we are looking for shopping, sightseeing AND nightlife! haha we trying to maximise everything in those 12 days.

What to u mean -You will not be able to do HK, SZ, GZ, Macau without having stress. Is too much? are GZ and SZ similar?i mean, shopping and experience wise?

we have 12 days. planning to go to GZ as soon as we land to HK.

Concerning macau, is it like, a direct ferry? are there any `cruise` like boats that go all around the coast or something like that? How long does it take to go to macau from hk?

thanks very much for everythinggg~

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>What to u mean -You will not be able to do HK, SZ, GZ, Macau without having

>stress. Is too much? are GZ and SZ similar?i mean, shopping and experience

>wise?

I would say yes, but depends on you. Do you want to see as many cities as possible or would you like to see the all main sights of HK?

SZ and GZ are different. GZ also has older parts, SZ is about 30 years old and mainly an industrial city. GZ is not very exciting as well - compared to HK I would say. Macau often is reported to be exciting for people who never have been to Europe before - even though it is not very European.

What do you want to shop???

If you go to GZ directly, you could also consider a bus transfer.

Macau is a direct ferry from HK. One hour.

www.macautourism.gov.mo/en/info/get2macau.php

You can also go directly from the airport to Macau.

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ohh isee.. shopping mostly clothes, shoes, accesories, and most probably phones in HK. i know better buy phones in hk than gz or sz.

im looking for small cheap hotels in gz near the shopping malls ive seen. wat are the best places for shopping for clothes shoes etc?

we'd rather save the REAL sight seeing for hk i guess. and focus on shopping and maybe a littttle bit of going out for cultural stuff and all for gz and sz. and nightlife-casino for macau.

just hopping to be able to do all of that in 12 days !! as we'l move around alot, the hotel detail is very minor. a very small hotel will do- a hotel near all the imp stuff, jst for sleeping rly lol

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real or copy stuff? Western brands or local stuff?

Casino Macau is right. Nightlife I am not sure what you are looking for. Good drinks are easier to get in HK.

Not sure if you need both GZ and SZ for your shopping. Cultural stuff for sure more in GZ than SZ.