Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area 2020/2021

Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area specially formed by the government is a rising star and a charming high-profile tourist resort for global travelers! Enjoying the advantageous location at the edge of China territory and off South China Sea, the Greater Bay Area boasts not only highly worthy tourist resources of natural sightseeing of land and sea, hills and lakes, but also very convenient complete net of transportation of air, railway, road and water within its region and to the whole country and the other parts of the world, and furthermore the top praising ability of economic, trading, and other modern communication by its potential and outstanding metropolitan cities including Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Macau, Shenzhen, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhuhai and so forth. To plan a trip to the so appealing and large Greater Bay Area, here you will know all the things to need including the transportation, best time, top places and best attractions, accommodation, visa exemption and requirements, recommended traveling length, useful tips, best recommended itineraries, and so on! Let’s check the trip planning guide at below to start your plan!

Greater Bay Area China Map

Greater Bay Area China Map

When to Visit the Greater Bay Area?

The Greater Bay Area contains Hong Kong, Macau and other nine Guangdong Provincial cities crossing widely, however, located in the very south part of China, this area has very similar climate of tropical and subtropical moon type, with the top most sunshine, heat and rainfalls among the whole country. The entire area has warm and pleasant spring (March to May), hot and wet summer (June to August), clear and cool autumn (September to November) and also warm and not dry winter (December to February). The annual average temperature of Guangdong Province is around 22.3℃, with the average temperature of 16-19℃ in January and 28-29℃ in July. However, the highest temperature in summer goes more than 35℃ and the lowest can be lower than 10℃. Temperatures in Hong Kong and Macau are nearly the same, with the annual average temperature around 23℃, a little higher due to their location more to the south and closer to the equator. Besides, the whole area has plenty of rainfalls, with the annual average amount between 1300-2500mm in Guangdong, the most frequent season are during May to September, especially in June. Commonly influenced by the sea and the different weather from both south and north parts of China, the Greater Bay Area has more occasions to experience typhoons and thunderstorms, and they often appears in July to September months.

It is suitable to travel to the Greater Bay Area all around the year, excluding the typhoon periods. And the best traveling time is from March to early May and from September to December, during which you can enjoy more pleasant days with less rainfalls, clear sky, not too hot or too cold weather, and see more blossoms in the city areas on their right blooming months. However, you are still advised to prepare your rain gears, sunblock and hat any time you travel there.

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How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Hong Kong Victoria Harbor

Hong Kong Victoria Harbor

How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Guangzhou Yuexiu Park

Guangzhou Yuexiu Park

How to Get to Greater Bay Area?

Being one of theSince the Greater Bay Area is so large and how can you get there and which destination is better for entry? Usually, from overseas countries (regions), you can fly there to the major international cities including Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Macau and Shenzhen. And if you transfer from other places in China, you can get there by flights, trains, coaches and hiring a car conveniently.

By Flight (International & Domestic)

Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is the top 3 busiest airport in China. Over 170 international destinations are connected well with this cosmopolitan city with frequent daily and weekly flights, including New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, London, Sydney, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Moscow, Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok, etc., among which about 140 flights serve from the U.S. to Hong Kong each week. Nearly all international cities having flight to China offer air routes to Hong Kong. And also, there are frequent flights linking Hong Kong with about 50 domestic cities in China every day, therefore, visitors can reach Hong Kong very easily from destinations like Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Hangzhou, Kunming, Wuhan, Tianjin, etc.

◇ Location: 1 Sky Plaza Rd, Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong (香港新界大屿山赤鱲角翔天路1号 - 香港国际机场); It needs about 50 minutes to take Hong Kong MTR Airport Express Line to get to Hong Kong downtown at Central, and about 40-50 minutes by car.

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

Guangzhou is the major transportation hub in the whole China and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN) has frequent international flights with more than 80 hot cities including Amsterdam, Auckland, Bangkok, Cairo, Dubai, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Moscow, New Delhi, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto, Tokyo and Vancouver. Moreover, over 210 air routes offer handy and easy-scheduling flight trip from domestic cities including Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guilin, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lhasa, Zhangjiajie, Hangzhou, Huangshan, Kunming, Wuhan, Changsha, Hohhot, etc. And to discover Guangdong Province, this airport is your top 1 choice.

◇ Location: No.888, East Jichang Avenue, Huadu District, Guangzhou (广州市花都区机场大道东888号 - 广州白云国际机场); Guangdong Metro Line 3 is available there and it needs about 1 hour to get to Guangzhou downtown by metro and about 40-60 minutes by car.

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Shenzhen Baoan International Airport

Shenzhen Baoan International Airport (SZX) is also a very large international air hub with 30 international air routes to and from Taipei, Sydney, Auckland, Melbourne, Seoul, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Singapore, Bangkok, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Milan, etc. and more than 150 domestic lines to and from Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lijiang, Nanjing, Luoyang, Zhangjiajie, Harbin, etc.

◇ Location: Bao’an Avenue, Bao’an District, Shenzhen (深圳市宝安区宝安大道 - 深圳宝安国际机场); Shenzhen Metro Line 11 is available there and it usually take about 40 minutes by metro to Futian downtown and 1-1.5 hours to by car to Shenzhen Luohu downtown and 1 hour to Shenzhen Futian downtown.

Macau International Airport

Macau International Airport (MFM) is well connected with a rich series of international cities mainly in Asia, including Singapore, Seoul, Bangkok, Tokyo, etc. Besides, there are also some domestic flights with the mainland cities, such Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Xiamen, Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, etc.

◇ Location: Taipa island, Macau (澳门特别行政区凼仔岛 - 澳门国际机场); It needs about 20-30 minutes to Macau downtown by car.

How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport

How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Shenzhen Baoan International Airport

Shenzhen Baoan International Airport

How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Macau International Airport

Macau International Airport

By High Speed Train (Domestic)

The whole Greater Bay Area has tens of railway stations under operation, and Guangzhou, Shenzhen as well as Hong Kong are the most frequently used railway cities among all.

Guangzhou South Railway Station

Guangzhou houses 7 railway stations, and Guangzhou South Railway Station is the busiest in the whole city and whole South China region. Every day, about 220 thousand passengers reach Guangzhou from this station. Visitors can take a high speed train from most domestic cities to Guangzhou, including Beijing (8-10 hours), Shanghai (7-8.5 hours), Guilin (2.5-3 hours), Chengdu (9-10 hours), Chongqing (7-8 hours), Xian (7.5-9 hours), Guiyang (4-5.5 hours), Changsha (2.5 hours), Wuhan (4 hours), etc.

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Shenzhen North Railway Station

Shenzhen North Railway Station offers more than 450 bullet trains to and from a lot of cities in Mainland China, including Guilin (3 hours), Shanghai (8-11.5 hours), Beijing (8.5 hours), Xiamen (3.5 hours), Chongqing (7.5 hours), Kunming (7 hours), Nanjing (3.5 hours), Fuzhou (5 hours), etc.

Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station

Hong Kong West Kowloon Station connects Hong Kong with Mainland China very well with better speed. More than 50 cities have high speed train there every day. However, most travelers take a train from Mainland China to travel Hong Kong and nearby destination or just leave Hong Kong to their home. So this station is more used for departure from the Greater Bay Area.

Learn More About: Hong Kong High Speed Trains

Apart from above means by flight and bullet trains, there also some coaches linking the 9 Guangdong Provincial cities with other cities in the nearby Guangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan, Hunan, Jiangxi, Fujian, etc. including the hot Guilin, Nanning, Sanjiang, Xiamen, Chongqing, Chengdu, etc., however, which needs longer to ride.

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How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Guangzhou South Railway Station

Guangzhou South Railway Station

How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - High Speed Trains to Shenzhen

High Speed Trains to Shenzhen

How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Hong Kong West Kowloon Station

Hong Kong West Kowloon Station

How to Get Around Greater Bay Area?

Traveling in Greater Bay Area is very easy! High speed trains are very frequently launched among Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Dongguan. Also, for Hong Kong, over 30 pairs of daily trains between Guangzhou, and about 80 pairs of daily trains between Shenzhen are available to choose. There are only a few direct flights between Guangzhou and Hong Kong for the very short distance and good linking by bullet trains. Besides, distance coaches are under service every day and depart frequently between each Guangdong Provincial cities, including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Jiangmen, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Zhuhai, etc. Moreover, some daily ferries connect Hong Kong with Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Macau with another good option. And with well-constructed highways, it is very smooth and convenient to transfer among each Greater Bay Area by hiring a car. Also, the world impressive Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge links the three destinations closer with border-crossing shuttle buses. Between Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong Provincial cities in Mainland China, you are required to go through the customs checking and inspection. For better connection of each key destination in Guangdong Province, metro system is under extension among Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Dongguan, etc., and so far, Guangzhou and Foshan has been already linked with the fast metro system, which needs about 1 hour and 20 minutes between each downtown area. In total, those means of transportation between each city in this area is super simple.

Hong Kong: MTR, taxi, bus, minibus, ferry, tram, etc.

Guangzhou& Shenzhen: metro, taxi, bus, bike, etc.

Macau: bus, taxi, etc.

Foshan & Dongguan: metro, bus, taxi, etc.

Jiangmen, Zhuhai, Zhongshan, Zhaoqing: taxi, bus, etc.

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Shenzhen to Hong Kong Shenzhen to Guangzhou
Shenzhen to Macau Macau to /from Guangzhou
Macau to Shenzhen How to Get to Hong Kong
How to Get Around Hong KongHow to Get to & Around Guangzhou
How to Get to & Around ShenzhenHow to Get to & Around Macau
How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Guangzhou Shenzhen Hong Kong High Speed Train

Guangzhou Shenzhen Hong Kong High Speed Train

How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Hong Kong Macau Turbo Jet

Hong Kong Macau Turbo Jet Ferry

How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong MTR

Top Traveling Destinations in Greater Bay Area

Among the two SARs and nine cities in Guangdong Province, each destination has its own charming tourist treasures offered for your great holiday. And you shall not miss Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Jiangmen, and Zhuhai to the longest of your vacation.

Hong Kong - Megacity to See the Whole World

Hong Kong, complimented as the Pearl of the Orient, perfectly transformed its nature from an unknown fishing village into the current eye-catching holy tourist cosmopolis. Taking the best advantage of its topography, Hong Kong creates the world top skyline with hundreds of high-rises towering by the harbor and leaning the mountains. As having experienced the colonial periods under the Britain and Japan in 19-20th centures, it now shows the quite different and harmonious culture containing various international elements, both oriental and western. Hong Kong extends its warm welcome to everybody from the world to see its stunning Victoria Peak and Harbor, traditional Chinese featured Wong Tai Sin, Tian Tan Buddha, Man Mo Temple and Nan Lian Garden, relaxing Repulse Bay and Stanley Market, modern fun Disneyland and Ocean Park, cultural Hong Kong Museum of History, exciting streets and malls for shopping, diverse kinds of delicious gourmet, etc. Once you step into Hong Kong, you will know why so many treat it as their holy place to go!

What to Enjoy: Skyline, Urban Panorama, Theme Parks, Temples, Churches, Gardens & Parks, Museums, Fishing Villages, Islands, Harbor, Mountains, Beaches, Shopping, Food, etc.

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2 Days Essence of Hong Kong Tour
Routes: Hong Kong Island - Lantau Island
Highlights: Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, Tian Tan Buddha…
How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Panorama from Hong Kong Victoria Peak

Panorama from Hong Kong Victoria Peak

Macau - Exotic International Gathering in Leisure

Macau as another special region with Hong Kong is also an international gathering but presents rich exotic Portugal flavor. It is another vital tourist destination in the whole Greater Bay Area because of its treasurable historic center with 22 historical western styled architectures from the 16th century, not to mention the symbolic Ruins of St. Paul Cathedral. Also, its featured world top casino is surely not to be missed to enjoy a total relaxing release and excitement. However, still as a Southern Chinese and Pearl River Delta city, Macau preserves a lot of local charm for the traditional savory, such as the A Ma Temple where the Portuguese landed Macau for the first time. Furthermore, a rich array of Portuguese styled Macau cuisines gives pleasure surprises for your nice discovery of this great tourist land.

What to Enjoy: Historic International Buildings, Casino, Temples, Churches, Gardens & Parks, Museums, Sea, Shopping, Food, etc.

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◇ 2020 Best Macau Tours

◇ Macau Travel Guide

3 Days Hong Kong & Macau In-depth Cultural Tour
Routes: Hong Kong - Macau - Hong Kong
Highlights: Victoria Peak, Ruins of St. Paul, A Ma Temple…
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Macau SAR

Guangzhou - Once Lingnan Capital, Still Internationally Powerful

As the capital city of Guangdong Province, Guangzhou has prominent economic and cultural strength to stand out for global visitors and investigators to seek its still kept rich Lingnan culture and capital city power from over 2,000 years ago at its Nanyue King Mausoleum Museum and many other old streets and alleys in old districts of Yuexiu and Liwan. More importantly, it houses the national famous Chen Clan Ancestral Hall to exhibit and prove the excellent skill of Lingnan architectural decoration and local folk custom, which is the gem of the whole Guangdong and the No.1 attraction for all travelers to Guangzhou. As a both old and new, traditional and international metropolis, Guangzhou also do well in take everyone to savor its superb modern charm with its marvelous Canton Tower and other Zhujiang New Town skyscrapers, joyous Guangzhou Chimelong Safari Park, etc. Furthermore, as “Eating in Guangzhou”, this city also attracts numerous foodies to taste its countless kinds of dishes and snacks with well-deserved reputation.

What to Enjoy: Skyline, Urban Panorama, Theme Parks, Arcade Buildings, Lingnan Buildings, Temples, Churches, Gardens & Parks, Museums, Mountains, Lakes, Cantonese Opera, Shopping, Food, etc.

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◇ 2020 Best Guangzhou Tours

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Highlights: Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, Yuexiu Park, Canton Tower…
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Guangzhou Zhujiang New Town

Shenzhen - China’s Miracle City

Shenzhen is so famous and favored by a lot of world investigators and business people. This young city developed within 40 years with the national policy of Reform and Opening-up will tell you what is called “legend” and “miracle” with its incredible speed and might. Nearly totally constructed new, Shenzhen represents the first-tier large cities in China, however, with complimentary afforestation, it impresses you not only its shining modern blocks, but also delightful parks, gardens and beaches. Nearly everybody wonders how this city was formed and became the world top prosperous city, so why not find your answers in Shenzhen Museum with various relics and scenes? As a city with the most immigration in China, Shenzhen is super inclusive to everyone from the whole country and the world, and let it introduce about its splendid city and splendid China in the large theme park for you in one wonderful day!

What to Enjoy: Skyline, Urban Panorama, Theme Parks, Hakka Buildings, Parks, Museums, Mountains, Lakes, Beaches, Shopping, Food, etc.

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◇ 2020 Best Shenzhen Tours

◇ Shenzhen Travel Guide

3 Days Classic Shenzhen Tour
Routes: Shenzhen
Highlights: Shenzhen Museum, Splendid China Folk Village…
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Shenzhen City Towering Buildings

Foshan - Original Land of Lingnan Culture

Foshan City is acclaimed as the hometown of ceramics, martial arts and Cantonese opera, and also a famous city of lion dance, so you will have a lot to see and savor in this famous cultural and historic city nearby Guangzhou. As the hometown of Bruce Lee and Yip Man, Foshan is so ideal to soak in the authentic atmosphere of martial arts that is performed in the reputed Ancestral Temple Museum every day, where delicate Lingnan architectural carvings and sculptures can be seen obviously. Besides, it is a top recommendation to know its historic story and high skill of ceramics manufactory and also its exporting since the ancient era. Furthermore, Shunde in Foshan has long been treated as a heaven for food with the authentic Cantonese flavors. What’s more, it also stores the top classic gardens and old water towns for a poetic and tranquil lay back.

What to Enjoy: Lingnan Buildings, Lion Dance, Martial Arts Kung Fu, Historical Kiln, Gardens & Parks, Water Town, Museums, Mountains, Lakes, Food, etc.

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◇ 2020 Best Foshan Tours

◇ Foshan Travel Guide

4 Days Foshan Culture Seeking with Guangzhou Must-sees
Routes: Guangzhou - Foshan - Guangzhou
Highlights: Ancestral Temple, Lion Dance Show, Ancient Nanfeng Kiln…
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How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Foshan Ancestral Temple

Foshan Ancestral Temple

Jiangmen - No.1 Hometown of Overseas Chinese

Jiangmen City is praised as the “No.1 Hometown of Overseas Chinese” due to its large number of overseas Chinese people spreading at the 5 distinct continents around the globe. Jiangmen also has the rare UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in Guangdong, Kaiping Diaolou and Villages, which is a typical precious historic site to seek the legendary stories of overseas Chinese in the 14-20th centuries and have perfect admiration of the exquisite castle-like watchtowers absorbing the local Chinese Lingnan characteristics and the exotic western styles from Italy, America, Canada, Britain, and various other countries. To figure out why there are so many Chinese working and living in other countries and why China shows rich international and combining culture, that site is your must-go!

What to Enjoy: Diaolou Buildings, Lingnan Villages, Arcade Buildings, Parks, Hot Spring, etc.

4 Days Kaiping Diaolou and Villages Admiration Tour with Guangzhou City Bests
Routes: Guangzhou - Kaiping - Guangzhou
Highlights: Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, Zili Village, Li Garden…
How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Kaiping Diaolou

Kaiping Diaolou Watchtowers in Jiangmen

Zhuhai - National Top Beautiful Coastal City

As situated off the South China Sea, Zhuhai is one of the most beautiful coastal cities in China. The romantic Lovers’ Road is nice to have a pleasant stroll and learn the story about the Pearl Lady; Zhuhai Chimelong Park is great to enjoy the innocent and happy hours together with your kids; Meixi Archways is fantastic to admire traditional Chinese constructions and culture…and even the white beach is a joy to enjoy the breeze and beautiful sunset. Good location makes Zhuhai a nice place for fresh seafood. Moreover, under scheduling tourist development with Macau, Zhuhai is another top popular destination for relaxation in the Greater Bay Area.

What to Enjoy: Islands, Archways, Theme Parks, Mountains, Beaches, Gardens & Parks, Food, etc.

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◇ Zhuhai Travel Guide

Zhuhai Day Tour
Routes: Zhuhai
Highlights: Pearl Lady, Lovers’ Road, Meixi Archway…
How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Zhuhai City

Zhuhai City

Besides, Zhongshan City as the hometown of Mr. Sun Yatsen is favored to learn the life of that great celebrity, Dongguan City is great to see the giant “world factory” and its complimentary service industry, Zhaoqing has the famous Seven Star Cave to marvel at nature, etc.

Best Things to Do in Greater Bay Area

Each city in Greater Bay Area offers so many in quantity and types to discover and enjoy, including skylines, world tallest towers, night views, Lingnan architectures, Chinese temples and monasteries, Western churches and cathedrals, exciting theme parks, awesome casinos, comprehensive museums, peaceful fishing villages, western styled watchtowers, pleasant old towns, etc. No matter you are interested in the urban sightseeing, Chinese culture and history, traditional buildings, delicious food, fashionable activities and relaxations, etc. you can have a superb wonderful trip experience with a large number of things to do. Check the top best at below!

Victoria Peak for Hong Kong Panorama

Take the century-old Peak Tram to Victoria Peak to appreciate the panorama of Hong Kong. The skyline of Central and Kowloon, Victoria Harbor, New Territory, Outlying Islands, etc. are all in front of you clearly in day time. Also, the gorgeous night view with sparkling lights reputed as one of the world top 3 is always too fascinating to love the metropolitan Hong Kong.

Chen Clan Ancestral Hall

As a gem of Lingnan Architecture, this museum hall is the must-see site in Guangzhou. It contains the top best architectural decorations with bright colors, delicate skills of carving, sculpture, etc., and interesting local Guangdong folk custom and legends.

Cantonese Food Savory

Randomly enter a Cantonese restaurant to glut yourself with the mouth-watering and good-looking dim sum, barbecued pork, roasted goose, sweet soups, too many to list. A gratifying tasting joy is easily and completely gained in this original place of the world famous Cantonese food, especially in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau and Shunde. Learn More About: Hong Kong Food Guide 2020

Historic Center of Macau

This mixed architectural cluster including churches, temples, theaters, squares, etc. is listed as World Cultural Heritage to commend its high value reflecting the real history of Macau SAR and its inclusiveness to multiple cultures from other countries. What a big gathering of the world you will see!

Shenzhen Museum

Shenzhen has turned itself from a nobody to one of the four core cities of Greater Bay Area in style within 40 years. Shenzhen Museum will explain from the city’s remote, ancient, war, thriving and modern development periods on every aspect to let you catch its unbelievable potential and powers and get your applause.

Kaiping Diaolou & Villages

Kaiping Diaolou as the precious fruit of overseas Chinese is the best historic place to seek the culture and stories of those respectable successful people, witness the milestone communication of Chinese and Western architectural culture, and admire the thousands of delicate combing Western styled castle buildings rising on the idyllic Lingnan countryside.

Lion Dance & Martial Arts in Ancestral Temple in Foshan

Visit Ancestral Temple to see Foshan Lion Dance performance that is nationally representative and outstanding for its skillful combination of song, dance and Kung Fu. Enter the memorial hall of Yip Man and Wong Fei Hung to pay respect to those two master of martial arts influential in the world. Extremely delicate Lingnan decoration is also preserved on this temple museum.

Go Shopping in the Paradise of Hong Kong

Hong Kong praised as the Shopping Paradise provides the super full types and rich amount of commodities with very nice price in the world and also the obvious excitement and joy for everyone, especially a lady. Believe me, do shopping is a widely known and highly helpful thing for getting relaxed and happy!

Too many more than the above, the whole Bay holds a wide range of highlights to please you to the utmost, including Hong Kong Disneyland, Victoria Harbor, Wong Tai Sin, Chi Lin Nunnery, Star Ferry, Guangzhou Canton Tower, Yuexiu Park, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Museum of the Mausoleum of Nanyue King, Shenzhen Window of the World, Dafen Oil Painting Village, OCT Park, etc.

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How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Victoria Peak

Hong Kong Night View from Victoria Peak

How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Chen Clan Ancestral Hall

Guangzhou Chen Clan Ancestral Hall Decoration

How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Dim Sum

Various Kinds of Dim Sum - Cantonese Food

How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Historic Center of Macau

Historic Center of Macau

How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Kaiping Diaolou and Villages

Kaiping Diaolou and Villages

How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Ancestral Temple

Foshan Lion Dance Performance at Ancestral Temple

Where to Stay in Greater Bay Area?

Greater Bay Area cities offer rich selections of accommodation of various kinds and levels for your comfortable and convenient stay. And among all the destinations, most people choose to stay in the top destinations with more highlights and hotel options, including Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Macau.

Stay in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, most travelers and business people stay in Central and Kowloon Peninsula. Tsim Sha Tsui offers the fabulous Victoria Harbor view day and night and also many shopping centers. Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei are good to seek some local culture and look for cheaper accommodations. And if you are on business, Central and Admiralty with the most office buildings and top luxury hotels is your top consideration, and also Lan Kwai Fong there creates much excitement for you at night. Of course, Causeway Bay is the best place for shopaholics. If you are going to visit Hong Kong Disneyland, you can also consider staying one night there to have more sweet time.

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Map of Where to Stay in Hong Kong

Map of Where to Stay in Hong Kong

Stay in Guangzhou

Guangzhou offers wide selections of hotels from budget to comfort and very luxury. Tianhe District has the most 5-star luxury hotels and is good to feel the modern Guangzhou and see the city skyline. If you are mainly traveling among attractions, you are highly suggested stay at Yuexiu District, where you will find Yuexiu Park, Nanyue King Mausoleum, etc. If you are want to discover the old Guangzhou culture and considering the budget, Liwan District with Chen Clan Ancestral Hall is you good place to stay. Pazhou Exhibition Area and Haizhu District are usually more suitable for people on business for the Canton Fair. And if you are traveling with kids, Chimelong Park has many praised hotels is also very good to have a night to spend.

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Accommodation in Guangzhou Tianhe District

Stay in Shenzhen

The best places to stay in Shenzhen area Luohu District, Futian District and Nanshan District. For most first-timers, Luohu as the old city center is most selected, where various levels of accommodations and also the half portion of top luxury hotels in Shenzhen, and Luohu Checkpoint as well as Huanggang Checkpoints are both located within. For business people and those seeking for night fun, Futian is a better choice, since the Huaqiangbei Commercial Area and a series of bars are there. Also, Futian Railway Station and Futian Checkpoint are within this area. And Nanshan District boasts the most attractions including Splendid China Folk Village, OCT Park, etc., which is really great for sightseeing.

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How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Shenzhen Accommodation

Stay in Shenzhen Luohu District

Stay in Macau

Actually, a large number of people plan to stay one to two nights in Macau. And in this SAR, Macau Peninsula and Cotai are more selected for accommodation. Macau Peninsula is the old area of Macau and is the best place to savor those heritage architectures and a lot of interesting tourist sites, including Ruins of St. Paul Cathedral, A Ma Temple, etc., and also looking for rich kinds of local food. Cotai belongs to the reclamation area and you can enjoy extremely fun time in the largest casino there and also do nice shopping.

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How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Venetian in Macau

Venetian in Macau

Do I Need a Visa to Visit Greater Bay Area?

Most people from other countries can visit Greater Bay Area without visa, as the whole Guangdong Province, Hong Kong and Macau SARs implement very great visa free policies for a lot of foreign countries. And for most visitors, you can usually plan a trip there for at least 27 days, which is far more enough to enjoy the highlights of everything there.

Guangdong 144-hour Visa Free Transit for 53 Countries

Since May 1st in 2019, the whole Guangdong Province has implemented the convenient 144-hour Visa Free Transit for aliens from the 53 specific countries, which enables the qualified citizens to enter Guangdong via and three specific airports (including Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport) and stay within the administrative region within 144 hours, and exit the provincial area via any of its appointed 32 ports of airport, railway stations, highway and harbors (including Futian Port, Luohu Port, Huanggang Port, Shenzhenwan Port, Futian Railway Station, Shekou Port, etc.).

Hong Kong Visa-free Entry & 7-180 Days’ Stay for 170 Countries

Also, Hong Kong SAR enables the qualified citizens from the specific 170 countries and certain certificate owners with any purpose of visiting to entry and visit Hong Kong without visa and stay within its administrative region for up to 7-180 days, according to the list of 170 different countries (British Citizen - 180 days; U.S.A/Canada/Australia/Brunei/French/Germany/Japan Citizen - 90 days; Thailand/Indonesia/Qatar Citizen - 30 days; Bhutan/Philippine/Haiti/Niger Citizen - 14 days).

Macau Visa Exemption for 79 Countries

Qualified citizens from the specific 79 countries for visit of travel and business affairs can enter Macau and stay within the administrative region no more than 14 days, 30 days, 90 days (3 months), 180 days (6 months), and even up to 1 year according their nationality on the 79 countries list.

Taking the great advantage of the above visa-exemption policies in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau, you can plan a very wonderful holiday in the Greater Bay Area. If you have any questions about the visa and want to know if you can travel to the Greater Bay Area, please feel free to contact us for help!

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◇ Guangdong 144-Hour Visa Free

◇ Hong Kong SAR Visa

◇ Macau SAR Visa

How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Passport

Hold Your Passport to Greater Bay Area

How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Shenzhen Visa Free

Applying for Visa-free Entry

How Long to Stay in Greater Bay Area?

How many days to stay in the Greater Bay Area? That depends a lot on your vacation length and purpose.

Usually, for most visitors, you can spend 6-8 days to travel to the top core destinations, including Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Macau. You can look at our popular itinerary to get some inspiration about your plan.

Day 1-3: You can land in Hong Kong and experience its Victoria Peak, Peak Tram, Victoria Harbor, Repulse Bay, Stanley Market, Aberdeen Fishing Village, Wong Tai Sin Temple, Nan Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery. Extend to Lantau Island to enjoy Ngong Ping 360 cable car, Po Lin Monastery and Tian Tan Buddha, etc. (Hong Kong Disneyland needs 1 more day)

Day 4-5: Take a Vibrant Express high speed train to Guangzhou and visit its Yuexiu Park, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, Shamian Island, Huacheng Square, Canton Tower, and taste the authentic Cantonese cuisines and Dim Sum breakfast. After all that, take a high seed train to Shenzhen.

Day 6: Shenzhen usually needs 1 day to discover. Visit its Ping’an Finance Center, Shenzhen Museum, OCT Harbor, Splendid China Folk Village, etc.

Day 7: On this day, take a ferry to Macau and learn some history and culture by the Ruins of the St. Paul Cathedral, Section of Old City Wall, Senado Square, A Ma Temple, Border of Gate, etc. You can also enjoy an exciting night in the casino.

Day 8: On the last day, you can take a ferry directly to Hong Kong International Airport for flight back to your home.

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◇ 8 Days Hong Kong Macau Shenzhen Guangzhou Tour

If you are interested in Foshan Lingnan culture, lion dance, Shunde food, etc. and Kaiping Diaolou and Villages, you can arrange them together with Guangzhou, which would spend 2-3 more days. And if you want to visit Zhuhai, you can put it together with Macau and plan 1 more day.

How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Hong Kong Nan Lian Garden

Hong Kong Nan Lian Garden

How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Guangzhou Museum of Mausoleum of Nanyue King

Guangzhou Museum of Mausoleum of Nanyue King

How to Plan a Trip to Greater Bay Area - Shenzhen Pingan Finance Center

Shenzhen Pingan Finance Center

What to Prepare to Visit Greater Bay Area?

Clothing: You do not have to bring too many clothes since there are so many shops and malls you can find and want to buy something to wear. However, in autumn spring, you can prepare a light jacket or knit outwear and long pants; in summer, shorts and T-shirts and skirts are better to feel cooler; in winter, light sweater, coat, and long pants are better to keep warm. Down Jacket is rarely used in winter in the Greater Bay Area. Comfortable shoes are always suggested for some walking.

Umbrella: Take your umbrella as it often rains, particularly in summer and early autumn.

Sunblock, Sunglasses & Hat: Prepare all that to protect your eyes and skin since the Greater Bay Area has much sunshine throughout the year.

Power Adaptor: Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau offer the standard voltage of 220v, 50Hz. The sockets in Hong Kong and Macau are of UK-style. However, those in Mainland China are with 2 or 3 feet. You can prepare it to charge your mobile phones, camera, etc. (Some hotels offer some)

Travel with China Discovery

To help you enjoy a worry free and unbelievably wonderful trip to the Greater Bay Area and the whole China, you can travel with us China Discovery. Our professional travel expert will help you plan your trip from every step and arrange everything very well. Our local guide and drive in each destination will escort you with comfortable private car from your hotel to each tourist attraction and the guide will give interesting introduction of each site to enrich your traveling experience. You can choose your interested tour at below to star your wonderful trip to the Greater Bay Area. Furthermore, since all our trips are customizable, you can contact us for a tailor-made tour based on your interests, needs and budgets!

Recommended Greater Bay Area Tours

Top 3 Greater Bay Area tours chosen by most customers to explore Greater Bay Area in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.

Ping'an Finance Center in Futian District
4 Days Classic Hong Kong Shenzhen Tour (By Bullet Train)

Hong Kong / Shenzhen

Panoramic View from Victoria Peak during Daytime
6 Days Hong Kong Macau Shenzhen Fusion Tour

Hong Kong / Shenzhen / Macau / Hong Kong

Chen Clan Ancestral Hall in Guangzhou
8 Days Amazing Greater Bay Area Tour

Hong Kong / Guangzhou / Shenzhen / Macau / Hong Kong

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