Day and Weekend Trips
Beijing is a short plane ride away from Hong Kong. When booking a flight, look to see if it is cheaper to fly out of Hong Kong or Shenzhen. If Shenzhen is less expensive, it is easy to book a bus to the Shenzhen airport which is about an hour away.
Booking a tour is the best way to get around Beijing and see all the tourist attractions it has to offer. Places to go include: Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Great Wall of China, Summer Palace, and many more. There are also a lot of markets to for bargaining and shopping.
Hostels are common in Beijing and are available at cheap prices. Be sure to do your research on hostels. Highly recommended is Sanlitun Youth Hostel, where past study abroad students have stayed and had a great time. It is also within walking distance of Beijing’s vibrant night life.
This is an easy place to visit by ferry. Once on the ferry it only takes about an hour to get there. Macau is like the Las Vegas of Asia, where you can find many extravagant hotels and casinos. If you want to spend a weekend in Macau, splitting the cost of a suite at one of the hotels is quite feasible.
There is also a lot of sight seeing that can be done. Because of the Portuguese influence, there are many attractions with a mix of Portuguese and Chinese culture such as the ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral. There are also many street markets which are constantly bustling with many people.
Shanghai can be reached by plane or train. Taking the train is a very cheap alternative to flying, but it can take around 17 hours. Attractions in Shanghai include: Xujiahui Cathedral, Jade Buddha Temple, The Bund, and Yuyuan Garden. At night, they also have amazing acrobatic shows worth checking out.