Here is a selection of the most recent reviews of the Guangzhou (Canton) China Day Trip from Hong Kong submitted by actual travelers. Read what travelers liked, what they loved, and what they thought could be improved.
We had a very pleasant boat ride to shenzen with interesting sights. The coach ride to Guangzhou was a welcome rest for some us as the trip starts early in the morning. The lunch was great and well worth to wait to get it by 3pm only due to the coachtrip. The walk thru the market is impressive and you can still see that Chinese like live animals..... The next points on the program were good too. The train ride back to Hong Kong was another highlight. A very interesting program and worth every single cent. Highly recommended trip. If you want to avoid a disappointment..... then don't eat at the train station while waiting for the train. The food there is like China was 20 years ago...Reviewed by: guido.fischer, May 2013
The tour was great! The tour guide who stayed with us the whole trip was very good- helped with tips like "get a snack before we start because it is a very late lunch" and where's the best place to go to the"happy room" (toilet), was very organised and just generally nice. The guy, Richard, who did the spruking during the china portion of the tour, was the "information" guide- he was excellent and had a great sense of humour.
The tour itself was good too, we were a little rushed for time at times but not unpleasantly so. Initially I thought going to a "kindergarten" was a weird thing, but the guides helped that part of the trip give a good insight into life in China.
The people we saw seemed friendly and were - on the most part - good natured with us tourists snapping photos everywhere.
The lunch was fabulous and the walk thru the market too quick for this shutterbug, but great. Some people were disappointed that there were only 3 Terracotta Warriors, but the tour clearly states that - the full collection very much further away.
I wouldn't recommend their "souvenir pack" with map and postcards - a waste f money! it's the worst printing and photography I have ever seen. Another tip, at the little market outside the restaurant they only take Chinese dollars so get some before you go.
The train trip home was very comfortable - shame it was dark and we didn't see much out our windows.
I would heartily recommend the trip as a whole, very well organised (not only the trip but particularly with the visas in and out of china) and a great day.
Some people wished we could stop to shop in shenzhen, If shopping is your thing, get a similar tour without the long trek to "Canton" and a stop in Shenzhen - But that is fairly easily done by yourself from Hong Kong (allow an hour for the visa thing when you're organising it yourself) and its probably better done on your own anyway, to allow you plenty of time to shop .
Alex was a brilliant guide, who ran things like clockwork. He deserved our generous tip. The other guide was also good and provided enough statistics to fill a book.
Our higher rating is given because of Alex's efforts
This was a very long day. I thoroughly enjoyed the meal and sightseeing in Guangzhou, however the trip to the kindergarten was unnecessary as was the amount of time spent at the jade shop. The glimpse at the terracotta warriors was great but not long enough. We had miserable weather, so had to look at the pandas in their enclosure which was a bit of a pity. The bus trip seemed unending especially as we couldn't see outside because of the fogged up windows. The train trip back was just as long and as it was at night, again couldn't see anything outside. Our guide in China was very hard to understand and didn't give very much commentary as we drove to Guangzhou so we had no idea where we were and what we were passing which would have relieved some of the boredom. All in all this trip was OK and I'm glad I went but it could have been so much better with a bit of tweaking!Reviewed by: Graham J, April 2013
Nice to see the real China, but to much travelling, 3 hours on a coach, 2 hours on a train, 1 hour on a boat, just to much. Glad I did it but not again.Reviewed by: Gary T, United Kingdom, April 2013