While it’s easy to fill a day or a week in Hong Kong, the former British colony and current special administrative region of China also makes a great base for exploring the wonders of mainland China. Here are some great options for doing so.
China’s a huge country with a ton to see, but if you’re pressed for time, it’s possible to get a taste of the mainland on a day trip from Hong Kong. Spend a day shopping and sightseeing in Shenzen, one of China’s most modern cities, or opt for a day exploring its third largest city, Guangzhou (formerly known as Canton).
Travelers with more time on their hands can use Hong Kong as a base for a more extensive multi-day trip through the mainland. Spend some time in Macau (the Las Vegas of Asia), float along the Li River, or explore the karst-covered landscape of Yangshuo. Other options include strolling along the Longji Rice Terraces or visiting the spectacular rock formations along the Guilin riverfront.
Things to Know
Day tours from Hong Kong to the mainland can last upwards of 14 hours.
Choose between a day trip to Shenzhen or Guangzhou or a multi-day journey through Southern China.
Many mainland China tours include hotel pickup and drop-off in Hong Kong.
Remember that Chinese visa requirements differ between Hong Kong and the mainland.