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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.

Please note: Due to tight schedule, this product is not recommended to travelers who need to leave Hong Kong on the same day.


  • 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

Tonee B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Really enjoyed my trip to Guangzhou. Terrific tour guides. very friendly. The pandas were awake and amazing to watch. Tour takes a ferry there and you come back on the train. Lovely lunch. Went to a market. No super markets there. Many very interesting things there. Went to a temple and Jade factory. Beautiful jade ! Very interesting trip. Loved all the tours I took with Viator.

Christina M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Had an absolutely excellent time. If you are going to Hong Kong and have never been to Mainland China and want to, this is the tour for you. Everything except tips and souvenirs is included, and its quite nice to have your visa taken care of for you customs is a little scary for westerns, I think. We got a great feel for the region of south China and got to see so many amazing things- big cities, a kindergarten the kids are so cute and friendly, Guangzhou's thriving food market, real terracotta warriors from Xian, the Sun Yat Sen cultural memorial, PANDAS!! Lunch at the Fragrant Lotus House is SO GOOD- its authentic dim sum vegetarian options are available as well. Cannot recommend highly enough. Michelle and Albert, our tour guides, were fantastic as well.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

WOW! What an experience. We were in Hong Kong for just three nights decided to spend one whole day in China with this tour. This was one the best days in our 13 day multi country tour. Well planned, good locations chosen to visit, two cities visited, few other stops, filled with content, minimal walking if that is an issue for some, authentic Dim Sum in a 122 old year restaurant for lunch ... it is not going to get more authentic than that!, fantastic trip and fantastic experience. You will ride a High Speed Ferry, a Tour Bus and a high speed train, all clean, comfortable, air conditioned, modern, safe, etc. The guides were simply outstanding. Both guides were so knowledgable but more impressive was their English. So well spoken and articulate. No boring parts on this trip. You will get chances to catch a couple of naps on the 2 hour bus ride from the first city to the second city and on the train ride back to Hong Kong. Lunch is late, like 2:30 PM, late because your pickup was around 7:00 AM-ish. So best to pack a few snacks to hold you until then. I was able to purchase gifts in China using HK dollars, I was surprise that the merchants accepted the HK currency. Be prepared to take lots of photos if you have never been to China.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

excellent, Alex was a fantastic guide


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!


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!

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