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  • Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Duration:  13 hours (approx.)
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!


  • Full-day trip to mainland China from Hong Kong with a professional guide
  • Ride a catamaran to Shekou Industrial Zone in Shenzen
  • Observe a Chinese panda at Shenzhen Safari Park
  • See terracotta warriors from Xian at Shekou’s Exhibition Hall
  • Take a guided afternoon tour of Guangzhou, China's largest trading port
  • Enjoy Chinese lunch at a local restaurant
  • All transport plus group visa are included!

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Pandas and terracotta warriors! It's no surprise that this day trip to mainland China is so popular. You don't have to worry about getting a visa, and the super-scenic ferry ride to China and comfortable train ride back to Hong Kong are extra perks.

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What You Can Expect

Guangzhou (Canton) China Day Trip from Hong Kong

Qin Dynasty Terracotta Warriors from Xi'an

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

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Customer Reviews

Deb P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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!

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