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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.
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 Durnion
Local HK Tour East company went far beyond our expectations in arranging our trip and sending info to our hotel before our arrival. Alex our tour guide was excellent and Albert, who joined us in China continued the informative commentary throughout our day. Ben, the bus driver did an outstanding job in some very congested traffic. A very good, value for money first tour into China. Thank you!
Great experience, Michelle was one of the best group leaders I've ever seen! our Tour guide on the china side was a great guide as well I can't remember his name again unfortunately..... I would HIGHLY recommend this tour on a day trip from Hong Kong.......
The trip was fantastic and China was certainly an eye opener. The Tour guides were great and the day whilst long, ran smoothly. Would highly recommend.
Wonderful day . Long but very informative And authentic . Loved the markets to see the traditional way of purchasing food
I really enjoyed this trip, the tour guide Richard was really great we all loved his jokes, the tour was very interesting we saw all sort s of interesting places , it was a great day out and the food at lunch was lovely .
An excellent snapshot of modern China. Very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful guides. Interesting and varied itinerary. Plenty of tasty food for lunch. Comfortable travel. Would thoroughly recommend.
Highly professional in all respects.
Great tour guides and interesting itinerary.
Will recommend to all I know traveling to Hong Kong
Particularly for those introverts among us who would really like to visit new and exotic places but are a bit nervous/timid to do so, this is the way to go about doing it. The team of Alex, Tony, and Bill (the driver) were friendly, professional. and extremely knowledgable and competent. They made this complex day trip a breeze! This trip will be a great memory for many years to come. We visited Shenzhen and Guangzhou most comfortably in a combination of ferry, bus and train, saw strange and exotic things, had great food (my vegetarian option was great, a fantastic surprise!), and made new friends. I can't see this trip being possible any other way.
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...
Fabulous day tour!! Informative, friendly and entertaining guides. Magnificent lunch.
Access to things I would never have been able to experience on my own. Perfect size group. Highly recommended :)
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 .