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.