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Great but exhausting day.The guide made our trip into China more enjoyable with his dry humour. Highly recommend this tour as a must for anyone visiting Hong Kong. The Panda was very active and we were lucky and entertained by his continuous walking around his enclosure.Plenty of photo opportunities.
This was a great tour the amount of knowledge gained from visiting Shenzhen and Guanghou was amazing the tour guides were very helpful and contributed to the experience. We were lucky to go on the time the Chinese were celebrating National Day so the visit to the zoo saw 2 Pandas not the usually sleepy one. They put on a good show for everyone. I would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see a little of China. Viator a big tick to you.
Congratulations to Michelle (tour guide) who managed to keep track us all. A full day of sightseeing. Wonderful Cantonese banquet for lunch.Would like to have been let loose in the shops and not in designated Government places for jewellery, tea etc. I did enjoy the cultural aspects. Transport great.
Really enjoyed the tour and the tour guide was excellent and always very very helpful, Alex was his name. This tour was one of the main reasons why l came to HK China on holidays. One thing only was a let down and that was the Terracotta Warriors. I expected to see lots of Terra cotta Warriors instead it was a sales showroom for Jade producta which l found very very dissapaointing. Everything else was excellent.
This trip was a fantastic experience and our guide Amy was very informative. The countryside is beautiful and the cities are crowded. The walk thru the locals market was a seeing and smelling experience. The tour was very well organised as it was a long day. Remember to take toilet papertissues.
What can I say, from start to finish this 13 hour trip was none stop with guides that obviously enjoy their job. The group was the right size of 20 and the whole day was packed with both fantastic places to visit with the background information to go with it from a guide who obviously loves her country, China. What a memorable day. Do not stop offering this trip, it is a must for all visitors to the area.
Loved the panda. I was a little disappointed with the set up of the zoo. It could have been more environmentally aware. All the stops we made to look at local interests were very enjoyable. Shopping was good.
We found this a very enjoyable and rewarding day, and excellent value. Everything worked like clockwork to fit a lot into one day. It is maybe not one for tourists looking for major sights but for the money and time invested it gives you a glimpse into China,old a new,. The guides were enthusiastic, informative and helpful although occasionally you wished they would stop talking, for example on the bus journey to Guangzhou. The visits to the terracotta warrior and the porcelain shop were basically shopping opportunities. The market was not - just a walk through a mainly food market, but interesting. Lunch was very good in a pleasant restaurant. The Sun Yat Sen memorial hall and the temple were impressive. After a long day, it was good to relax on the train all the way back into Honk Kong. Most lasting impression was of the incredible growth of Shenzhen and Guangzhou - if you were in any doubt, it brought home to you that China will be the ecionomic super-power of the century.
Excellent tour. Great organization and fantastic guides. It could be even better with more emphasis in the city of Guangzhou Canton.
Excellent, except for the amount of time spent at the Exhibition Hall in Shekou, which ended as an exercise in hard sell for an extended period of time.
Excellent! Prior to going on this trip we had read the reviews and were well aware that a lot was crammed into the day but despite that we thought it was extremely good value for money. The guide in China was very good although he seemed to keep reeling off facts and figures which got a bit boring. We were constantly on and off the bus and that got a bit tiring but we knew it would be like that. This is a good way to see China in a one-off trip and made life easier with a group visa although the immigration at China was a nightmare, but a good experience. I cannot understand why we had to visit the Kindergarten as this would be strongly opposed in any European country and we feel this could have been cut out of the itinerary enabling a bit more time at another place. The trip to the zoo to see the panda was good although a bit more time could have been spent seeing the other animals too. Pick up and drop off by the tour operator was excellent and on time. A thoroughly good day and well worth the money. Don't be put off by earlier reviews, if you know you are not going to have much time at each place of interest then you just make the most of what time you have. Be prepared and it is great!
If you have never travelled into China before it is a pleasant experience to have all transportation and the group visa clearly arranged, so you can just sit back, relax and take in the sights. It's an excellent day out. People are nice and friendly and you have a sense you are getting a glimpse into the real China.
There were four of us on this trip and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Traveling was quite tiring but definitely worthwhile. Our tour guide for the day was seamlessly helpful and informative through the whole journey. He explained everything to us about the places we will visit before arrival, what to do and when to stick together as a group. We all thought had we not had a tour guide on this trip, group visa's and travelling to and from the different destinations would have been very complicated. The tour is very well organised and timed perfectly. However the Panda was slightly disappointing; we expected a better view of him but he was flat out asleep in the distance of his bamboo hut so if you are expecting to see the Panda close up prepare to be disappointed. The Market in Guangzhou was an experience full of all sorts from spices to snakes. When you visit each of the destinations you are encouraged to spend money so be prepared especially the museum. We read a review on Trip Advisor saying that you needed Chinese currency. This is not true; they do accept other currencies, e.g. HK dollars. If you have special dietary needs it is possible to inform the Tour Guide and they can call the restaurant before arrival. All in all a great day.
Very good experience. We would have liked to have purchased things in China, but they didn't accept outside currencies.
Another great tour, highly recommended, the lunch was excellent.
I was very wary about going on this trip after reading some of the reviews. I can only say to those people, what is wrong with you? The trip was fantastic. The panda is an old bear, but she is being well looked after in her old age. She could hardly move around much. The trip to the kindergarten was magical. The children were beautiful and sang us a beautiful song. The Terra-cotta Warriors - there were only three and a horse - but they were magnificent and well worth the visit, the whole museum is lovely and full of beautiful relics. The bus trip was relaxing and the guide very informative. The lunch was lovely and then the Temple of the Six Banyan Trees was beautiful. Everything was wonderful, followed by the train trip home. You can get hot food and drinks on the train. I had lovely beef noodles. Thank you for an amazing experience for my 60th.
This trip was really interesting although it does involve a fairly long bus journey before lunch, would i do it again - Yes.
This tour is really interesting and not to be missed. We had a fantastic tour guide.
This was a wonderful tour with very knowledgeable and helpful guides. You learn much about the history and general interest about the area, and the guides answer all questions very well. The meal was excellent, but it's a very long trip, so I would bring along a snack.
A wonderful day. A very long day, but still wonderful. They do their best to get in as much as possible. The only negative was the panda was a bit disappointing, but it didn't take away from the tour.
This was an excellent experience with not only an extremely knowledgeable guide, but other local guides as well. I would highly recommend it, except take off the zoo stop. There was just one elderly panda. I did not like the bear that was posed for a photo with any tourist, as the bear was attached with a mouth ring. My family felt sorry for the creatures here. However we felt privileged to see the Terra Cotta warriors, to see the old and the new buildings, to learn about China and its customs, to walk an open market. It was a memory beyond words.
One of the most interesting tours we have taken. We had excellent tour guides in both Hong Kong and China. If you can only do one tour to China from Hong Kong, this is it.
This tour is fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed it - but it went on way too long! Picked up before 8am and we got back to our hotel at 11:30pm!!! That's a very long day so bear this in mind. Visiting the kindergarten was great, the kids so cute. Seeing the pandas was good, but I felt sad that their indoor enclosure was pretty stark. The lunch was terrific, and all the places of interest we experienced was fantastic.
I went on the trip with my 64 yr old mother. The trip went very smoothly from hotel collection to hotel return by coachThe chinese visa was included in the price which made the tour very affordable.
The toilets were a bit of an issue if you are older as some of the ones at the restaurant and on the train were squatting ones so it was an issue for my mum. My favourite bit was with the pandas in Shenzhen as they were very active as they are only 4 yrs old. Quite a similar set up to those in Ueno Zoo in Japan feeding in glass viewing pens. The zoo is called a safari zoo but the only safari thing about it was the coach bus was able to drive up to the panda zone. Lunch was pretty average, large range of dim sums but mostly were too greasy and we were on a very short time to finish up an eat and get back to the tour. The local Shenzen market was interesting but it is quite similar to the local markets you see in HK except they were chopping heads off chickens in the market place I had to cover my eyes. The Xian terracotta soldiers were impressive but how they were displayed was unimpressive they were in a tiny glass display area with flaky posters pasted on the walls around them and most of the museum was actually a jade store. My mum enjoyed the buying items from the jade store.
Overall its a great trip but beware you will be zipping about from sight seeing spot to another spot for about 13-14 hours! Leave at 7am not to return to your hotel till around 10pm! Lunch wasn't available till 3pm so bring snacks or sandwiches. Also you only have a 15 minute window at 8am to buy some snacks/coffee at the train station and after that not really anytime to buy anything, not even souveniers unless its from the museum. I enjoyed Richard the tour guide in Shenzhen, he was a local and very funny!