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China in 3 weeks - Beijing to Hong Kong

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1. Posted by city_pete1 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Hi all,

My first post on here! Hoping to get some help/advice on a potential short Beijing - Hong Kong trip.

Been about 4-5 years since I have been backpacking, and feel it is about time I do another trip. Due to my job, I can only go for about 3 weeks. Me and a few friends thinking of doing a budget trip to Asia. I have been to Singapore, Thailand and Laos before, but really want to go to China.

I have done a bit of research and found super cheap flights for Easter next year (about £350) to fly into Beijing and out of Hong Kong, over 21 days. Will be with a few friends, and on a real budget....

Trying to get any advice I can on routes. I have seen many tours, but seem costly at around £1000.

What we are currently planning:
Train to Xian
Train to Shanghai
train to Hong Kong

A quick costing shows it would be about £300 for the trains and hostels for this route (19 nights).

We this seem a sensible route? Any suggestions of things I should add on (if affordable)? anything I "must see" on this route. Iwill probably not come back to this part of China again, so would like to see the best bit, although not got enough time/money to see everything.

Hoping someone can help!


2. Posted by city_pete1 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Anyone? :-)

3. Posted by stevenwong (Full Member 28 posts) 7y

over 21 days you can do much more!

perhaps take a bus to pingyao from beijing, a really beautifully preserved 'ancient' town. then take a bus to xian, stay a couple of days.

Then take a train to shanghai. Maybe spend some time in hangzhou or suzhou which is a common thing to do. Nanjing is also another major city in the area but not a must see.

The best way to get to HK is to train to Guangzhou first and take a train to HK from there.

Between shanghai and guangzhou is fujian province which if you want can stay in a roundhouse there.

hope this helps, if you need more help just ask :)

oh and budget i think £500 you can be quite comfortable for 3 weeks. for£300 it probably means seeing less places as the cost of trains (although cheap) can add up.

4. Posted by a-bee (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Hi! We've done the three-week backpacking trip from Beijing to Hong Kong last summer. I would add Guilin to your list of cities to visit. Guilin serves as a base for exploring its beautiful countryside. Besides that, we also stopped in Datong (hanging monastery) and Pingyao (a hidden gem). On your route you must see:
in Beijing: The Great Wall (I suggest you to visit Mutianyu instead of Badaling section), The Forbidden City, Summer Palace;
in Xi'an: Terracota Warriors, Muslim Quarter;
in Shanghai: the Bund, Shanghai World Financial Center (3rd highest structure in the world and highest observation deck);
in Hong Kong: the Peak, Stanley Market.


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