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Hop aboard a catamaran and explore mainland China on this full-day trip from Hong Kong. Your professional guide will take you to some of the nation’s most iconic destinations and introduce you to adorable pandas at the Shenzhen Safari Park. Tour the thriving metropolis of Guangzhou and learn more about the Qin Dynasty’s terracotta warriors and their horses from your friendly, knowledgeable guide. Experience the beauty, history and excitement of China’s third largest city—formerly known as Canton—before returning by train. Lunch, transportation and visas are included in the cost of this memorable half-day trip.

Highlights

  • 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

Kick off your full-day mainland China trip with hotel pickup in Hong Kong or Kowloon. Spend 50-minutes aboard a local catamaran and coach bus as you make your way to Shekou Industrial Zone. This area once served as a base for foreign oil workers and is widely recognized as China’s first Special Economic Zone. Weekday trips will include a visit to a local kindergarten to meet some children and see how Chinese schools operate.

Depart the school and head towards Shenzhen Safari Park to meet cute and cuddly pandas up close. Stationed along Xili Lake, this park is home to numerous species of protected animals, including Asian elephants, Siberian tigers and red-crowned cranes.

If time permits, make a stop at a local market to see how locals go about their daily lives. Purchase items and interact with mainland residents during this lively visit. Next it’s on to the Exhibition Hall in Shekou, where your guide will lead you past Qin Dynasty terracotta warriors and horses that were discovered in Xian. Learn about their historical significance as you wander the halls of this impressive museum lined with bronze artifacts, sculptures an other artifacts that date back to the 3rd century. 

Continue on to Guangzhou—China’s third largest city. Enjoy a typical lunch at a local restaurant and then venture out on a sightseeing tour of this urban landscape. Learn about the politics, culture and traditions that drive this city once known as Canton, and pay a visit to several key destinations, like the Six Banyan Tree Temple.

End your day with a return trip to Hong Kong and an express train to Kowloon Station, followed by a Hong Kong island transfer. A friendly driver will insure you arrive safely at your hotel after a memorable day touring mainland China.

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 as per passport
  • Date of Birth
  • Passport Number
  • Passport Expiry Date
  • Nationality
  • Gender
  • 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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Customer Reviews

jg2829

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 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.

Paul G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

In a small group of 9 which was ideal.Extremely well organised with very little waiting about and walking amazing considering the logistics involved. Kindergarten kids were enchanting and we arrived as they were doing their daily 10 min of PE. Both HK and China reps full of facts and figures and tended to get info overload at times. Did not enjoy the Dim Sum meal at all but this would be the case anywhere. Back to hotel at 11.30pm satisfied and contented.

Antonio M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Amazing! Highly recommended. Good organization. A great day!

ANGELA TERESE W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this tour! Michelle, our guide was really lovely and very knowledgeable as well as our guide in China. The lunch was great and walking through the local markets in Guangzhou was a real eye opener. I recommend this tour to anyone visiting Hong Kong and wanting a taste of Chinese culture.

Lukas S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

I would recommend this trip to everyone!

Lukas S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

I would recommend this trip to everyone!

Katherine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

It is a good trip to China and you do see Panda bears in the safari park. Excellent Guide and Tour leaders. One suggestion is to take plenty of drink and food because you don't get a lovely Chinese lunch until 2.45pm in Guangzhou. The total mileage traveled in China one way is 190kms on motorways. The fast ferry to China and return Train travel to Hong Kong are excellent. Its a really a good day trip into China and we really enjoyed it.

Frederick A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We enjoyed this well-organised day tour into China. Overall, it was an highly informative and stimulating day. Prior details re visas and border crossings were handled efficiently we were picked up as arranged by our friendly guide, taken aboard the high-speed catamaran to Shenzhen where we boarded a bus with a well-informed local guide who told us all about the history and development of the area. Highlights were the pandas, the terracotta warriors, the authentic old market and artisans in Guangzhou, the impressive dim sum lunch at a restaurant you won't eat it all and the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. All finished off with a restful high-speed rail trip back to HK. Excellent value for money.

ALAN M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

BRILLIANT DAY TRIP EVERYTHING AS EXPECTED

Tanya O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very organized tour...eveything was explained ..why what how where and when every step of the way...would have liked to spend more time at the farmers markets and surrounding street shops....just to purchase some goods and give something back to the community :-)

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