Guangzhou (Canton) China Day Trip from Hong Kong
Reviewed by: Deb P, Australia, September 2014
An excellent tour. It was like stepping into another world! Be prepared for a long day, but definitely worth doing! Our Tour Guides are so passionate about their country, but it really hits home and makes you appreciate where we live here in Oz even more. A real eye-opener!
Reviewed by: Brigitta G, September 2014
This tour made for my favourite experience out of our four week honeymoon! Michelle and Richard are stupendous guides who really made the day worthwhile.
The whole thing ran seamlessly. We were picked up from a hotel, given the chance to buy some snacks for the road at the pier, then sped over to China on a catamaran. Entry into the country with our group visa was well organised and quick. The bus through Shenzen was fascinating and far different to what I was expecting. The museum with terracotta warriors, jade and different Chinese teas was a potential low point as we had to deflect the constant sales pitching of souvenirs, jewellery etc. This was nothing to do with the tour company though. The next stop was the safari park where we met two Pandas (AMAZING) and two lion cubs. Great experience but again we had people chasing us putting with snakes and birds trying photos for money. Mildly annoying but worth it to see the pandas and again, not the tour’s fault.
Following this was the drive to Guangzhou which seemingly took no time at all with Richard on the mic sharing his fascinating anecdotes the whole way there. The guy is probably the most hilarious person I’ve ever met, and the best part is that he doesn’t even realise it which just makes everything he says that much funnier. Upon arriving at Guangzhou we enjoyed a delicious lunch of traditional Chinese dim sum. I get the feeling they served a somewhat simplified menu for us Westerners.. suffice it to say I didn’t see any chicken feet on the lazy susan. After lunch we took a brief but magnificent tour of a local food market, a definite highlight. The things I saw in that five or ten minute walk will stay with me forever! After this we visited the historic town hall and the biggest temple in the city. Both very interesting as well. When we finally got off the train back in HK at 11pm we were exhausted from the sheer amount of mental stimuli and energy expelled that day, but my goodness was it worth it!
Reviewed by: Misty H, August 2014
We had a wonderful time on this tour. There was so much to see. It was a shame it was holidays and we missed the kindergarten. We would have also loved more time at the zoo. Our tour guides were fantastic.
Reviewed by: Makshman C, August 2014
Well organised trip. Knowledgeable tour guides doing their very best to show China in one day!
Reviewed by: Kathleen D, July 2014
Excellent - a long day, but well worth it...
Reviewed by: paulmac, June 2014
This was an excellent tour, very long but really well organised, Michelle and Richard the tour guides were great and very witty, great lunch at the Chinese restaurant were the food was plentiful and of top quality.
Reviewed by: Marc K, June 2014
This is a great tour. It is a very long day. I was picked up at 7:30am at my hotel and return at 10:45pm. I was tired but the trip was worth it. The tour leader, Michelle, took care of everything regarding transportation and lunch. The tour guide took us all over Canton, talked for hours about China, past and present.
For anyone who wants a taste of mainland China, I highly recommend this tour.