Hong Kong & Shenzhen 4 Days Itinerary + Budget

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I want to make the most out of the quarantine days that I have (because I'm literally bored afff) so I decided to make myself active in blogging again. I actually have so much ideas for my blog (and vlog!) but some of it were still in the process of making (blogs about product reviews that I'm still trying and waiting for the results and vlogs that I still haven't finished editing yet). While waiting for those posts to be published I thought of sharing a worth reading content on the blog. Since I already miss travelling and I will never be able to make it this year again (or maybe until next year because of this covid anxiety) I thought of sharing a few itineraries, best places to visit, budget and all related travel tips on the previous trips that I went to for the past years.

My first out of the country travel and first plane ride was bound to Hong Kong. Hong kong experiences 4 seasons. It doesn't snow in winter (December to February) but the lowest can get 10 degrees and below in early January. Spring (March to May) has an average temperature of 16-23 degrees Celsius and is the most ideal month for me to travel as it is never hot and can get a little bit cold at night. We went there on the last week of March. Summer (June to September) is very humid and hot and it is when frequent typhoons visit the country. Autumn (late September to November) is cool and dry with plenty of sunshine and the most ideal for most travelers.

Hong kong is one of those places where people (especially Filipinos) experience their first out of the country travel because it's one of the nearest travel destination from the Philippines. Several airlines travel from Manila to Hong kong including Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, Philippine Airlines and Cathay Pacific. We flew via Cebu Pacific. Our tour and hotel were booked separately through a Batangas-based travel agency. I will make a breakdown of the travel expenses that we had for our HK-Shenzhen trip on the last part of the blog.
Since we were booked through an agency and there was a whole itinerary planned already the choice of the hotel was made by them. Our hotel was Rambler Garden Oasis Hotel and it was situated in the different island away from the city. I can rate this hotel with 3 out of 5 stars mainly because I don't find it accessible in the city. If I will go back to Hong kong in the next years I would find a hotel situated in the city center where the malls and night life can be enjoyed.
Situated underground of the hotel is Cafe de Coral where we had our breakfasts. 3 out of 5 would be the rating since they don't cater continental meals. Most of it were Chinese and Hong kong foods that we were not familiar with. 
Day 1 (4:00 pm-7:00 pm). Our first tour was Peak Tram and Sky Terrace Tour. It was actually not included in our itinerary because our first day was a free day. While we were in the airport a tour guide came to us and offered this package tour. This is probably one of the many activities that I loved in Hong kong. We were able to ride the oldest train transportation in HK, went to the highest peak with the most beautiful view and had the time of our lives taking pictures with the wax figures in Madame Tussauds. I highly recommend this tour if you haven't tried it yet. 
Day 1 (8:00 pm-11:00 pm) Our last stop was in Mong kok night market.We spent the rest of the night shopping for pasalubongs. I remember buying my first ever boots there! Haha! Our trip to Mong kok was not included in our tour anymore so we rode the taxi in going back to the hotel. It was expensive because it was far from the city.  
Day 2 (8:00 am). Our morning tour for that day started at the famous Avenue of the Stars and Victoria Harbour. There's nothing really much to see but appreciate the beauty of Hong kong harbour. It would have been better if we went there on the evening because of the Symphony of Lights show. 
Day 2 (10:00 am) Next to Victoria Harbour is the Aberdeen Fishing Village. We opted to ride the Sampan boat (which lasted for 20 minutes) and had a tour on the traditional fishing port of Hong kong. There were sights of the Floating Restaurant and numerous luxury yachts.
Day 2 (11:00 am)- Luxury jewelry shops tour 
Day 2 (12:30 pm- 10:00 pm) Hong Kong Disneyland. This is the best tour recommendation for first timers in the country. Don't go home without experiencing Disneyland from the parade in the afternoon till the fireworks in the late night!
Day 3 (6:00 am) Our Day 3 & 4 were spent in the city of Shenzhen, China. We left at 6 am via train and it took us almost 2 hours to reach Shenzhen. We went first to our hotel named "Green Tree Inn" and I highly recommend this one because of its location in the city center. I also felt more at home here than in our hotel in Hong kong. I didn't know that Shenzhen is way colder than Hong kong and one of my mistake was I brought shorts and t-shirts instead of sweater and pants.
Day 3 (10:00 am) Shenzhen Central Park. There's nothing much to do but enjoy the sightseeing, cold weather and watch the cherry blossoms bloom.  
Day 3 (11:00 am) Chinese Art and Craft Centre. The highlight of this tour is actually the silk shop where we went to. I got a scarf made of silk and I really like how it can be styled in different ways.   
Day 3 (1:00 pm- 5:00 pm) Window of the World. That afternoon was actually a free time for us but since we want to maximize the time that we have in Shenzhen we availed this tour on the spot. This is actually one of the best tour that we had in Shenzhen so if you happen to be in the country for a vacation, consider going to Window of the World. It's a theme park that houses the replicas of the world's iconic spots. The place is instagram worthy and worth every penny. 
Day 4 (8:00 am) COCO Park. For our last day we went on pasalubong and personal shopping. There were so many cheap items here!
Day 4 (12: 00 pm) Left Shenzhen via train bound to Hong Kong
(4:00 pm) Checked-in and passed the immigration
(6:00 pm) Flight back to the Philippines
Breakdown of Travel Expenses
- Batangas-based Travel Agency HK-Shenzhen package (Airfare via Cebu Pacific, Hotel transfers, HK Hotel with breakfast, HK City tour, Disneyland tour, Shenzhen train fare back and forth, Shenzhen hotel with breakfast, Shenzhen City tour- Php 16,000)
- Peak Tram, Sky Terrace & Madame Tussauds- Php 1,700
- Sampan Boat Tour- Php 300
- Window of the World- Php 1,600
Total: Php 19,600

*Note that personal pocket money is still not included in the computation. It's up to you on how much you'll spend on your 4-days stay! :)

I hope that this HK-Shenzhen itinerary will help you in your next travel trip! For the mean time, keep safe and stay healthy guys! 

xoxo,



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35 comments:

  1. That is a very helpful guide, Shaira! And it's great for you to look back on previous travels. The Shenzhen Window of the World looks like an awesome place!

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  2. Hong Kong is such a nice place. I haven't been there for almost 20 years. The shops look amazing!! I know I would appreciate it big time! Oooh you can't go wrong with Disneyland over there! Glad you had an amazing time out there. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Such a beautiful place.
    I really like your photos.
    Have a nice day.

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  4. Looks like a fun trip, even if the hotel was not as close to the city as you would have liked! I'd love to go to Disneyland in Hong Kong, we were thinking about it as our next one after Disneyland Paris, but there was the protests and then with the coronavirus...one day I would like to visit though!

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend :)

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  5. I love going back to Hong Kong! The place is so much fun!

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  6. This looks like so much fun! Definitely one of my bucket-list destinations! xx

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  7. I'd like to visit HK so much!! Beautiful pictures!! :)

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  8. Sounds like a fun trip even though some things weren't as good as you'd hoped. I can't wait to travel again when all of this is over. The Window of the World looks like a really fun place to visit too x

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  9. Thanks for sharing this post, loved it! Hong Kong is definitely on my bucket list, I hope I can go visit there one day! :)

    Have a lovely day!
    XO, Melissa

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  10. So true that HK is usually Filipinos' first out of the country trip. This post makes me miss HK!

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  11. I love how detail this post is. Stunning photos. Keep up the good work.

    Be safe, xx
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  12. I have always wanted to visit Honkong, myself. These pictures are beautiful!


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  13. I would love to go back to Hong Kong, I went probably around 15 years ago now so would love to re-visit it, the colours and the energy is just amazing xx

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  14. Would love to visit Hong Kong one day! Love all these suggestions.

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  15. I'm so looking forward to travelling again!
    have a great week!
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  16. I would love to visit Hong Kong some day. Looks like such a nice place. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. I went to Hong Kong when I was a child but I don't really remember anything haha! I hope I can visit it again once all this covid craziness is over!

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  18. Your pictures are incredible! Hong Kong looks like such a fun place to visit!
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  19. Really like your blog post. I'll read your post again.

    Thanks for sharing your great information with us.

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  20. O wow its so pretty over there :) My husband is from Burma and we are planning to visit Burma i next two years. and knowing me I want to travel to Singapore and maybe Hong Kong as well :)

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  21. Hong Kong is definitely on my must-see list!

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  22. It looks so lovely place to visit. I wish to go there one day x

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  23. Fantastic places, which I really would like to visit! Love these pictures!

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  24. I went to Hong Kong quite a few years back but would love to return one day soon! Thank you so much for sharing your trip :)

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  25. It looks like you had an amazing time! I love your purple coat xo

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  26. This sounds so amazing, what an adventure! I'll add it to my bucket list for when we can travel again <3

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  27. What a fantastic post! I want to visit Hong Kong and go to Disneyland. 😍 Hopefully we are all able to travel again soon.

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  28. Love Hong Kong
    I wish to go back there again with my family
    and enjoy its sumptuous dishes and get
    some shopping done.
    Stay safe ♥

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  29. Such a great guide, I would like to visit Hong Kong asap!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  30. I've always wanted to go to HK Disneyland--actually all disneylands lol. The Window of the World is such a wonderful place to visit to.

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  31. Hong Kong is on my bucket list! What an amazingly beautiful place. I am glad to visit vicariously through your blogpost and great pics during this difficult time that we cannot travel! Thanks for sharing :)
    xoxo
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  32. Everything looks just perfect, as I have always imagined! Would love to visit one day xx

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  33. Shenzhen is the top of my list to travel to when the pandemic is fully over!
    Taking these recommendations!
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