18 days in Shenzhen, Dongguan & Guangzhou Itinerary

18 days in Shenzhen, Dongguan & Guangzhou Itinerary

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18 days in Shenzhen, Dongguan & Guangzhou Itinerary

Start: Shenzhen
1
Shenzhen
— 12 nights
train + subway:  1​h 15​min
2
Dongguan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Guangzhou
— 3 nights
subway + train:  2​h
End: Shenzhen

12
nights
Shenzhen

Shenzhen ©
A fairly humble collection of farming and fishing villages and towns until 1979, you wouldn't guess as much when taking a tour of Shenzhen.
Explore Shenzhen's surroundings by going to Macau (Macau Museum of Art, Ruins of St. Paul's, & more) and Hong Kong (Nan Lian Garden, Hong Kong Disneyland, & more). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Dongyong Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Futian Nature Reserve, find something for the whole family at Shenzhen Window of the World, and get outside with Golden Bay Beach Resort.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Shenzhen trip planning website .

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major airports are Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, Hong Kong International and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. In July, daily temperatures in Shenzhen can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dongguan.

Things to do in Shenzhen

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hong Kong, Macau
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Hong Kong Disneyland ©
Hong Kong Disneyland
Victoria Peak (The Peak) ©
Victoria Peak (The Peak)
Ocean Park ©
Ocean Park

2
nights
Dongguan

Dongguan ©
Though humans have lived in the area for thousands of years, Dongguan only became a city in 1985.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Opium War Museum, then snap pictures at Humen Bridge, then explore the activities along Songshan Lake Park, and finally stroll around Qifeng Park. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the lush surroundings at National Forest Park of Mount Guanyin, then stroll around Shuilianshan Forest Park, and then admire the striking features of Dongguan Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Dongguan day trip website .

Getting from Shenzhen to Dongguan by combination of train and subway takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Dongguan

Parks Nature Museums
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Opium War Museum ©
Opium War Museum
Humen Bridge ©
Humen Bridge

3
nights
Guangzhou

Guangzhou ©
A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Chimelong Safari Park and then step off the mainland to explore Shamian Island. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Chen Clan Ancestral Hall-Folk Craft Museum, then don't miss a visit to Canton Tower, and then snap pictures at Liede Bridge.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Guangzhou vacation tool .

You can drive from Dongguan to Guangzhou in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of subway and train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Parks Nature Museums
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Shamian Island ©
Shamian Island
Canton Tower ©
Canton Tower

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