Rail link to bring mainland tours

Local | Charlotte Luo 13 Sep 2018

A mainland tour agency will be organizing express rail group tours to Hong Kong when the highly-anticipated service launches on September 23.

Guangzhilv International is accepting applications for tours, which will depart from Guangzhou South station and go to the West Kowloon terminus on the day the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link commences.

The agency has been working with the Hong Kong Tourism Board to provide a number of tour packages and will organize more express rail themed tours and packages over the next two months.

Some express rail trips to Hong Kong during the National Day Golden Week have already sold out.

A manager at Guangzhilv International's Hong Kong office told The Standard that the agency currently cannot buy tickets from the MTRC without giving passengers' names and ID information. So the agency has only bought tickets for those who have already registered for the tours.

On the travel agency's website, customers can reserve a day tour from Guangzhou to Hong Kong on September 23. In addition to riding on the express rail, the tour group will also visit the Sky100 observation deck, Victoria Peak, Madame Tussauds wax museum, Repulse Bay, Golden Bauhinia Square, and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.

The price for the tour package is 799 yuan (HK$912) for adults, children, and infants.

However, the fee only covers the tickets for the visit to Madame Tussauds, the Sky100 observation deck, lunch, transportation in Hong Kong, and the express rail ticket from Guangzhou South station.

The return ticket to Guangzhou from Hong Kong is not included. The minimum number of people needed to form a tour group tour is 16.

Another tour package is for two days and one night in Hong Kong, and costs 1,699 yuan for adults and 1,399 for children. The fee includes the tickets for Ocean Park, Madame Tussauds, the Sky100 observation deck, one night at a hotel, a 24-hour MTR card, and the express rail ticket from Guangzhou South station. The return ticket is not included.

Customers need to go to Ocean Park by themselves on the second day, as well as find their own way back to Guangzhou.

Charlotte Luo

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