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.
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Wonderful. What a terrific, if very long, day. Michelle, our guide for the duration couldn't have been more helpful, informative or fun and Albert, who joined us once we arrived in Shenzhen, was a mine of information. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone, indeed, it has whetted our appetites for a longer trip to China in the near future.Reviewed by: Philip John B, February 2014
This was a long day, but not too much walking, so overall very good and an interesting introduction to a changing China. We were collected at our hotel (City Garden HK Island) by Michelle at the allotted time (also confirmed prior to collection) and taken by bus to collect others around HKI. We then went through customs and immigration and took a 1 hour ferry ride to Shenzen where we were met by Richard (Michelle stayed with us all day too) and a comfortable coach. We did the Kindy thing first and then to the Cultural Museum. There are four selected "original" terracotta figures here and you get a brief overview of the history behind them. Next into the shop by the terracotta warriors for the "hard sell" aspect where they get you to hopefully buy jewellery mainly, but some miniature terracotta warriors too. The emphasis here is unfortunately not the warriors but more the jewellery - if anything, this was the low point of the trip and in my opinion, unnecessarily drawn out.
Next on to the zoo - which was almost empty when we arrived and the coach drives in up to the panda area - no chance to see anything else at the zoo aside from the pandas, nonetheless, quite interesting.
Long drive (2+ hours depending on traffic) to Guangzhou which was interesting although pretty much built up all the way. Lunch (quite late - so Michelle encourages you to buy snacks before you leave HK and can be eaten on the bus) next in busy Guangzhou - Cantonese and pretty authentic, although a bit rushed. Walk through some markets with interesting and live things for sale (warned of pick-pockets here - so be careful). Off next to a temple and then to the train station for a pleasant train journey back to HK, arriving back around 11.00pm.
They also take photos during the day and offer these for sale at days end - quite nicely presented.
Finally - tips are requested/suggested by Michelle.
A very interesting day for a first trip to China - probably not good for small children.Reviewed by: Jim Bris, Australia, January 2014
My family and I had an exceptionally pleasant and enlightening experience on this excellent tour. It was very well arranged and organised. Alex, our knowledgeable and entertaining Tour Leader, deserves much credit for his contribution to our high satisfaction level. Congratulations!!! The tour is highly recommended. John DurnionReviewed by: John A D, January 2014
Great organisation, interesting programme, BIG DISAPPOINTMENT regarding Panda, 2 nice panda in the ZOO, we expect much more activity regarding pandas, but alltogether it was great!Reviewed by: Zsolt J, Hungary, January 2014
There should have been more time and opportunity to take photos.Reviewed by: Calvin W, January 2014