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Travel advice on Hong Kong & Guangdong Province-South China

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1. Posted by raberman (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

I am looking for any advice, tips, recommendations etc. on a forthcoming trip to Hong Kong and southern China – more particularly for southern China/Guangdong province which is not as developed as Hong Kong(see below).

I am a professional photographer and have been commissioned to photograph at a conference in Hong Kong where I need to be from Sat 12th Sept to Sat 19th Sept. I want to do all my travelling (approx 3 weeks) before the conference.

An approximate itinerary (based on my limited knowledge of the area) would be:
• 1 week in Hong Kong/New Territories visiting surrounding area/islands.
• About 10 days travelling up and around one of the rivers/waterways north west of Hong Kong on the China mainland. I have looked at a map and the following appear interesting (although I have no knowledge whatsoever about them!): Xi Jang River, with the cities Jiujiang and Zhaoqing along the river. Guangzhou and Dongugan, more to the east - basically the southern part of Guangdong province.
• 1 week back in Hong Kong/New Territories and surrounding area/islands.

I’m 55, fairly fit & healthy and enjoy independent travelling. Based on past travelling experiences, I much prefer to visit places/locations/areas away from the traditional ‘tourist sites’. In an urban/city environment, I love walking the streets and photographing ‘street life’, i.e. people getting on with their daily life, markets, architecture, construction/building site activities, small business activities etc. But I am also attracted (less so) to natural beauty spots where one can relax and ‘chill out’ and possibly take some picturesque landscape/flora/fauna/agricultural images.

I am not the type of person who wants to see and do 101 things in a short space of time - I would much prefer to experience a more ‘in-depth’ knowledge/experience of area/s visited.

With regards accommodation, I would be happy in budget hotels/hostels, as long as I have my own room and ideally, private bathroom facilities.

I am aware that in large areas of China (especially off the ‘tourist trail’), English is not spoken. Also I will obviously look like a photographer/tourist as I would normally walk around with a camera jacket, two cameras/lenses round my neck and an ‘ordinary’ looking camera bag. Of course this will present me with personal security issues and I will just have to use common sense and always be aware of possible/potential ‘situations’.

Your input, however great or small, will be greatly appreciated.

2. Posted by Ataahua (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Sounds like a great trip. It will be very similar to the trip that we will be taking. Unfortunately, my 3 cousins and an Aunt will be going to the Guangdong province for only four days in early October. I've started a link on this forum called "China" so maybe you could check on that thread.

3. Posted by durbanbay (Budding Member 17 posts) 7y

Hi There Raberman,

Two weeks in HK and NT is quite long. You can see most of it in a week, especially for photography purposes. I would recommend one week in HK and NT and two weeks in South China in Guandong provice. Remember Donguan is more of an industrial city with lots of factories and not much to see there and Shenzhen is the armpit of the world as far as I am concerned. Going up to Guandong is not a bad idea but for photography I would try to add an extra stretch maybe to somewhere like Guiling/Yangshuo (very touristed but stunningly beautiful).

Remeber, most of Southern China is a Special Economic Zone so there is a lot of history there and very little nature. Guanzhou is an old city so is certainly worth the trip but I think one week in South China is enough. Another idea is to take the 90-minute flight to Taiwan and spend some time on the East Coast of Taiwan which is absolutely stunning.

Hope that helps.
Paul