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Three long weekend breaks in south China for Hongkongers on Buddha’s Birthday

A long weekend just across the China border in Guangdong province can include beautiful mountains, beaches, old walled villages and wetlands. Here are three ideas for a quick getaway

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 May, 2018, 12:33pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 May, 2018, 1:59pm

Buddha’s Birthday falls on Tuesday May 22 this year, making this weekend a perfect opportunity for a long weekend away from Hong Kong.

You don’t need to go far either, there are beautiful mountain ranges, superb beaches and rural landscapes to explore just across the border in Guangdong province, and the high-speed train network from Shenzhen can save you precious hours of travel time.

With the weather forecast predicting sunshine, here are three ideas for last-minute escapes, to make the most of the long weekend ahead.

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Leizhou Peninsula

Once you get beyond the modern port city of Zhanjiang, the peninsula in eastern Guangdong is a natural delight, boasting a gentle landscape, traditional rural lifestyle, wetlands that attract waterfowl, and a culture all its own

Dapeng Ancient City

To the east of the border city’s concrete jungle and within easy reach of Hong Kong, Dapeng Ancient City is a laid-back walled village nestled in a wooded peninsula with nearby a geopark, hiking trails, and superb beaches

Danxia Shan geopark

A high-speed train from Shenzhen takes just 90 minutes to whisk you to a mountain range famous for its phallic photo opportunities and breathtaking hikes