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Macau, HongKong, ShenZhen and where else should I go??

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1. Posted by newtravel (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

I have bought a ticket to Macau for 11 days. At first one of my friend in China will come and pick up us but she just said could not come!! So, now I'm like in spaceeee!!

I will be arrive Macau on 31st Aug.2006!! But no plan at all.

Please any one here please help me out!!

I think I will stay 1 night in Macau and next day go to HongKong and hang around for 3-4 days and the rest want to travel in China.

Does anyone have idea about the famous areas or recommended places?

My aims are to
- Shopping<women likes to shopping eieiei>
- See new cultures
- teste new things

Waiting for your kind help:)

2. Posted by mdancy (Full Member 104 posts) 10y

Hello,
I'm sure you'll have a great time in HK. My suggestion is to buy a decent travel guide in order to hit the hot spots in Hong Kong fast, get an Octopus card and start exploring. You can get your guide right in the city at one of the English language bookstores - there is one in the heart of Central HK called Page One. Also, there is a great website supported by the local government that has tons of info on where to go: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/usa/index.jsp

Hong Kong is fun and easy to get around. As for China, remember, you'll need a visa for that - but it's easy to get one in HK & it usually only take a couple of days. Depending on your nationality, you may be able to visit Shenzhen on a day trip for shopping without a visa. Since you have so little time for China, maybe just stick to the southern region.

Taste new things? Well then, don't eat at the chain restaurants or fancy western places - go local! There is great food to be eaten, but you need to get off the beaten track and go off on the side streets.

Have fun!
Martha

3. Posted by naiheqiao (Budding Member 42 posts) 10y

hi:
i have a good idea for you,you are from thailand and you've never seen autumn before/now you are going to travel around china.
first travel around south china,around october you turn to north china to experience different and unique autumn for you/moreover south china i heard autumn is hot with dry and sunny weather.even though north china is dry too,but it has moderate temperature and you can see yellow or red many colour leaves,includes rich fruit.

4. Posted by LauraMC (Inactive 30 posts) 10y

I went to Hong Kong and Macau last year. Macau was only worth a day trip. I think most people go there for cheap clothing, almond nuggat candy and casinos. One of the famous sights there is this old church which was burned in a fire yet the facade remained intact. St. Stephens (?)
in Hong Kong, you might want to consider staying on the Kowloon side. I think thats where a lot of backpackers stay and there's tons of shopping there though I think women's st and some of the other street markets are on the HK side.
Strolling the HK harbourfront is beautiful at night. You can also see all of the various advertising lit up on top of the buildings.

I wanted to go to Shenzen for the shopping but several of my family friends and relatives advised against it as its supposedly sketchy especially if you don't know where you're going. Take that with a grain of salt I suppose as my relatives may be overly paranoid.

5. Posted by China2006 (Budding Member 32 posts) 10y

Well,I would say Guilin is the right place for you.
It is in Guangxi province, the neighbouring province of Guangxi.
Here you can touch the remote reigion and experience the variuos folik customs and life yourself.
With completely style with Macau, Hongkong and Shenzhen, it will be a surprise for you.
Last year I visited there and enjoyed my trip, but it was a little hot, But now the weather is much more mild and comfortable for you. I planned to visit Guilin for the 2nd time. I am now looking for my travel companion.
Hope receive your reply after your decision.;)

6. Posted by mdancy (Full Member 104 posts) 10y

Hi,
The "women's st" that was referred to is actually on the Kowloon side. There are plenty of these type of street markets in that area. You can have fun shopping and bargaining, but don't expect to buy anything of good quality - it's mostly junk, but fun to shop and haggle. The best bargain shopping takes time - you need to scour the shops on the streets to find the designer cut tag clothes. But, if you like scrounging around, it's also great fun. Again, that website I gave you should have plenty of shopping areas outlined. Here is another link that will give you more info on the best HK shopping:

http://www.alloexpat.com/hong_kong_expat_forum/viewforum.php?f=72

Also, there is more to Macau than just casinos and the church. While you are there don't forget to visit the outlying islands - they are very quaint and peaceful. You might want to take 2 days to see everything & to also enjoy the Macanese style food.

http://www.macautourism.gov.mo/new_site/sightseeing/sightseeing.php?lang=en&catid=12

Martha

7. Posted by sj_mb (Budding Member 20 posts) 10y

Re Going to China (including Shenzhen) - depending on where you are from it may be difficult to get a visa at the border. If you are going to Shenzhen you can get a visa at the border but it is a special visa for Shenzhen only and you won't be able to travel outside the area.

With your limited time, if you want to travel elsewhere in China I would look into a visa from your home country.

You can certainly fill 11 days in Hong Kong and Macau however. You could spend that time shopping in Hong Kong alone :) You could visit some of the outlying islands (e.g. Lantau and Cheung Chau - great seafood), go to Ocean Park, walk up the Peak, visit Temple St and Ladies St markets, do the HKTB walking tours of Central, Stanley, other islands ...

visit the Hong Kong tourism website: http://www.hktb.com/eng/index.jsp they have plenty of good info for things to do.

You can see most of Macau in a day but it is nice to stay over night and see Taipa and Coloane without rushing if the weather is good. There is good food to be found too!

If you're intent on seeing more of China I second the suggestion of Guilin - it's very beautiful! Don't miss a trip to Yangshuo while you're there either :)

Have fun!

8. Posted by newtravel (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

[b]Hello everyone:) [b]

Thanks for your all answer.

I'm now in China:-ShenZhen-:

I just arrived here yesturday and just today my digital camera was stolen in front of me My first street in ShenZhen is DongMen market which is very big and cheap(if we bargain) everyone please beware about this. I was choosing one shirt and suddenly 2 chinese man come to choose in front of me and one woman come between me and my friend. after that i just walk out less than 30 second. My bag was open and my camera disappeared. I'm so lucky that I kept my passport and wallet on the other slot. Anyway I got a lesson. I will update you with my new adventures soon

Hope everyone enjoy with your trip

9. Posted by naiheqiao (Budding Member 42 posts) 10y

hi;
i'm afraid of being in shenzhen and guangzhou so busiest cities,last summer and this summer i traveled passed guangzhou,
you don't know how nervous i was.i heard girls are not safe cos
some people rob and sell girls to places where for men's enjoying.
this summer as i went off even though i didn't eat anything 20
hours,i still followed my plan to but ticket another city in another train station in guangzhou,after ticket booking i went to had lunch/until i didn't eat anything a whole day,i felt pain again
and again in my stomache.
however i'm so happy i could lose weight.

10. Posted by naiheqiao (Budding Member 42 posts) 10y

hi;
i'm afraid of being in shenzhen and guangzhou so busiest cities,last summer and this summer i traveled passed guangzhou,
you don't know how nervous i was.i heard girls are not safe cos
some people rob and sell girls to places where for men's enjoying.
this summer as i went off even though i didn't eat anything 20
hours,i still followed my plan to but ticket another city in another train station in guangzhou,after ticket booking i went to had lunch/until i didn't eat anything a whole day,i felt pain again
and again in my stomache.
however i'm so happy i could lose weight.