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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.
Picked up punctually at my hotel by our excellent guide Alex and Driver Bill a few more pick ups and we were on our way to the port to catch the early catamaran. Alex explained that lunch would be quite late and advised us of places to pick up snacks to stave off any hunger pangs. Group visas had been prearranged and immigration went smoothly. We were met by our Chinese guide Richard and he outlined our itinerary for the day. First stop was the No.3 Kindergarten which was interesting to see the children looking pristine in their little uniforms and learn about the daily scheduled.
Next on to see the Terracotta Warriors at Shekou's Exhibition Hall which was a little disappointing as there were only three items - a horse, a kneeling warrior and a standing warrior and more of a sales opportunity for the Jade and other Jewellery items and souvenirs and was a whistle stop visit. You were not allowed to take photographs and there were no souvenir postcards to buy.
Next on to the Safari Park to see the pandas, the name Safari Park led me to think they would be roaming around in an outside enclosure. Not so as they were inside in separate enclosures behind glass and both sleeping. Photographing them was difficult because of the reflections in the glass.
Lunch was excellent served in a private upstairs room of the restaurant. the food was served on to a Lazy Susan in the middle of the table and just kept coming, plenty of variety and vegetarians were also catered for.
After lunch a walk round the local market which was an eye opener and not for the squeamish with every sort of animal on display dead and alive!
We boarded the coach again and after a long journey arrived at the train station for the Express train back to Kowloon Station. Again immigration went smoothly thanks to Alex's excellent organization.
At the station the mini bus was waiting to transport us back to the hotel . A long but interesting day which despite my disappointment was value for money.
Well worth doing. Was a very long day but did feel like it. Very good tour guides who were enthusiastic, knowledgeable and experienced. Everything well organised right down to visas.
The tour was fabulous however with the distance travelled and busy schedule it was too rushed and the time spent at the chosen destinations of which was the sole purpose of selecting this tour was minimal. to go to markets and almost run through isn't exactly what was expected, maybe drop kindy visit?
Generally don't like group tours only way to go to China was a group visa so I went skip the kindergarten the king soldiers Part was fake and really a way to get you to look at items for sale. A good way to see a lot of china Ina day. Guides were great. They did not let you shop for some reason
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!
Long trip.....Our tour guide was exceptional. My husband had hard time with the immigration officials in China due to his passport not reading in their system. Our tour guide took an extra step ,she went back to the immigration control. She talked to the immigration and had my husband joined me few seconds before the train departed.
Enjoyed the experience. The guide, Alex, was very good..
The only downside was that we were not allowed to take photos of the Terracotta warriors, which will disappoint many people.
The timing to view the pandas was excellent because it was feeding time so they were awake and quite active.
Alex, our tour guide, was excellent. The only complaint I have is about the bus driver, "Bill". He was honking all the time. It was very annoying. He was angry and was driving like crazy. We couldn´t even rest during the bus hours because the honk was too loud. He also smoked several cigarettes and the smoke went into the bus. Everything else was pretty nice.
A long but very entertaining and busy day. The tour guides were very good and took care of all the little details from getting us through customs and passport control to interpreting for us with vendors. The tour had so many great stops and the interaction with the kids at the kindergarten was just fantastic. Jade shops, museums, the Temple of the 6 Banyan Trees, Sun Yat Sen memorial, all were worth the trip. Of course for my 13 year old it was the Pandas that made the day. Worth getting up way early and making the trek.
another good tour ,guides were excellent.good way to see how people live in china
Excellent value! Looking just at $/£ paid per hour of tour - this was brilliant value. Add to that the sheer variety of transport in the day (fast ferry, coach, high-speed train) and and things visited (from kindergartens to pandas) and this has to be one of the best trips I have taken in a long time. The guides were very good too. It's a very very long day (7am to 11pm) but well worth the effort - I highly recommend it to all.
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The day was very long and the crowds at border control are stressful
However our guide for the day, Alex, was great, and took care to make sure that we were safe, culturally sensitive, and understood what we were seeing and experiencing, as did Richard, our local guide in China. He was also clear about where the clean toilets are, which was great.
We were well briefed on the catamaran trip
To my surprise, really enjoyed the kindergarten, The children are just delightful.
Was a little disappointed when we saw the Terracotta figures. There were three, a standing soldier, a kneeling soldier, and a horse. The figurines were outstanding, but was irritated to be called away from looking at them to listen to a hard sell on jade items. The doors are shut at both ends of the room, and I had to ask to be directed to the lades room.The hard sell continued with the next room, jewelery. Uncomfortable, when I had actually come to see the figurines.
The pandas were great, awake and eating, and would have enjoyed more time to look around
Canton is an interesting city to visit and really enjoyed the traditional Cantonese cuisine. If you like Chinese food anyway, or are not afraid to try different things, you will enjoy this.
The market was a whole experience, which overall we enjoyed, and is a must.
The 6 Banyan tree temple is a peaceful and beautiful haven.
Our last stop, at the memorial hall was impressive and a learning experience again.
Overall, the day was crowded, but we listened hard to what we were told, and took advantage of the information given. At each stop we were given time to ourselves also.
The train trip back was relaxing.
All in all a very worthwhile and interesting day if you keep your eyes and ears open, and are up for extreme experiemnces.
A very full day (Take a few snacks and drinks with you as lunch is around 3.00pm/4.00pm) but you will enjoy every minute. Michelle and Richard were fantastic hosts and kept us entertained all the way. An ideal way to get a slice of the Chinese culture!
This was a well planned day that provided me with great insight into mainland China. Lunch was nice, the Panda bears were very cute and the visit to the museum was good. My only disappointment was the lack of warriors. I thought there would be more than two to view.
A long day, make sure you have food with you as lunch wasn't until late afternoon. A very informative and funny guide. A lot to do in one day - mostly distance travelled, but would do again