Tours & activities by Ripefruit Pty Ltd from Viator

  • Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Duration: 14 hours (approx.)
From AUD 305.57

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Visit mainland China by catamaran on a full-day trip from Hong Kong and see some of China's iconic sights with an informative guide. Meet an adorable panda at Shenzhen Safari Park, discover Qin Dynasty terracotta warriors and their horses, and tour the metropolitan city of Guangzhou, formerly known as Canton. You’ll find everything from towering skyscrapers to ancient temples in China’s third largest city — a former trading hub located on the Pearl River — before returning by express train. Lunch, coach transport and a group visa are all included!


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  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Lunch included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

After hotel pickup from your central Hong Kong or Kowloon hotel, your full-day trip to mainland China starts with a 50-minute catamaran ride and coach trip to Shekou Industrial Zone. China's first Special Economic Zone and a former customs station, the area served as a base for foreign oil workers in the 1980s. On weekdays, outside school holidays, start with a visit to a kindergarten to meet local children for a glimpse of everyday life the city.

Afterward, it's on to Shenzhen Safari Park to see the Chinese panda, considered to be a national treasure. Located on lovely Xili Lake, the wildlife park is home to rare and nationally protected animals including Asian elephants, red-crowned cranes, Siberian tigers and — of course — pandas!

Once you’ve observed this cuddly creature up close, you'll visit a market (if time permits). Watch as the locals go about their daily shopping, and test out your bargaining skills if you decide to purchase any items.

Your visit to the Exhibition Hall in Shekou is a must! See a display of Qin Dynasty terracotta warriors and horses unearthed in Xian — acclaimed as the Eighth Wonder of the World. You'll also find bronze wares more than 2,000 years old, wall paintings, and porcelain and pottery from the Tang Dynasty, all unearthed in Xian. Listen as your guide describes the significance of the terracotta army sculptures, which date back to the 3rd century BC and were buried to protect Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China.

Your coach tour continues to Guangzhou, the third largest city in China. After lunch at a local Chinese restaurant, embark on a city sightseeing tour of this bustling metropolis — the political, economic and cultural heart of Guangdong province. View highlights including the Six Banyan Tree Temple and the Memorial Hall of Dr. Sun Yat Sen as your guide informs your group about this important hub on the Pearl River.

Your day trip to mainland China ends with an accompanied return to Hong Kong by express train to Kowloon Station, followed by a Hong Kong Island transfer (if applicable) and drop-off at your hotel.

Please note: Your tour will not be confirmed unless you provide the following information at time of booking. This is required for your China group visa.

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Hotel name while staying in Hong Kong

Please make sure to send the copy of each passenger's passport which show the Full Name, Date of Birth and Passport number to complete the booking process.

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Departure Dates:
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Tour departs from your centrally located Kong Kong Island or Kowloon hotel

Departure Time:
  • 6:40am

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

14 hours (approx.)
Return Details:

Tour returns to original departure point at approximately 8:00pm

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Guangzhou (Canton) China Day Trip from Hong Kong

School kids were happy to try out their English on us, Panda Garden

  • Hotel pickup and drop off (selected hotels only)
  • Local guide
  • Lunch
  • One-way catamaran
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • One-way express train (Guangzhou to Kowloon Station)
  • China group visa
    • Beverages
    • Gratuities (optional)
      Additional Information:
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • If you have continuous journey to Mainland China after your Hong Kong trip, you must hold a multiple entry China visa. It’s your own responsibility to apply for multiple entry China visa prior to the trip
      • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
      • Please make sure to send the copy of each passenger's passport which show the Full Name, Date of Birth and Passport number to complete the booking process.(Please make sure to provide 5 work days before the departure date)
      • China Group Visa: Please note: Your tour will not be confirmed unless you provide the following information at time of booking:
        • Full Name as per passport
        • Date of Birth
        • Passport Number
        • Passport Expiry Date
        • Nationality
        • Gender
        • Hotel name while staying in Hong Kong
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      Cancellation Policy

      If you cancel at least 8 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
      If you cancel within 7 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

      Traveler Reviews

      Reviewed by: sunmom, January 2017

      excellent, Alex was a fantastic guide

      Reviewed by: jg2829, January 2017

      This is a tour we thoroughly enjoyed. Our guide, who was with us throughout, was informative, friendly and helpful. We also had another guide join us for the mainland China portion of the trip. Be prepared to absorb a lot of information.
      Its an early start. We needed to be at the pickup point at 7.30am. It was a hotel about 10 minutes walk from ours in Causeway Bay. We joined 11 others and proceeded in a coach to the ferry terminal. here we had an opportunity to grab a coffee and bite to eat before the catamaran left at 9am. Warning, do have breakfast or eat at this point as we didn't get lunch until after 3pm ! The journey to Shenzhen gives some amazing views of Hong Kong from the water and takes about an hour. The visit to the kindergarten was special ! The pandas were asleep but the whole experience there at the zoo was interesting. I found the terracotta exhibition fascinating but maybe too much time spent here. The drive to Guangzhou took around two hours but it was a great insight into life bordering the fast road. On arrival we enjoyed a Dim Sum lunch in the old part of the city before embarking on a walking tour of the area including the markets. Fascinating to say the least. Further stops at a temple and memorial hall as well as a drive around this major, very dynamic, city.
      The day ended with us catching an express train back into Hong Kong taking just under two hours before a coach pickup back to our original departure point. We got back to our hotel at 9pm.
      I wouldn't have missed this tour for anything. Informative and insightful I had to pinch myself at times that I was actually there.
      Its a long day and yes we could have done with a 'coffee stop' and yes lunch is mid afternoon. But hey what an opportunity to visit a tiny but significant part of China in a day.