Preparation for 3 weeks in China and Japan

Here is a very basic itinerary for 3 weeks in China and Japan: Guangzhou, Macau, Hong Kong, Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara. Included in this post is an essentials packing list. In addition, there are some suggestions for what to pack and how to keep it lightweight. Traveling light can make life easier and more enjoyable.

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An abbreviated tour of Macau (without gambling)

Steps to St. Paul's - Macau- 10-15-2019

A few days after arriving in Guangzhou for the start of our trip, we were headed to Macau, a Special Administrative Regions (SAR) of China. Macau is known for it’s casinos and gambling industry. We weren’t there to gamble, just to check it out for the day (half of a day really) before taking a ferry to Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong – outside the big city at Big Buddha and Tai O

With one free day in Hong Kong, there is only so much you can do. There are several options for popular tourist attractions. Despite Hong Kong being a rather small area, there is still a lot of ground to cover. Since we were stuck in a city during our previous day in Macau, we opted for some “non-city” attractions while in Hong Kong. That sounds unlikely if you have ever seen a picture of the skyline. However Hong Kong has an amazing countryside outside of the urban areas.

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Hong Kong during the protests – October 2019

In the previous post, as I praised the variety of things to do in Hong Kong, I failed to mention the current protests.

Hong Kong is a very safe place to begin with, and it’s a shame that some of the protests have turned violent. We did see some protesters and evidence of vandalism. However the media in China and the US appears to overinflate much of the protest activities (surprise).

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