I will never recommend this, nor will I return- EVER. I have never been so repulsed by a city or the people in it. The tour included a trip to a natural mineral 'museum' and a silk factory, then a traditional Chinese lunch and finally a few hours to shop at the infamous Luohu shopping mall.
To begin with, our tour guides (Elton and Bruce) were amazing and hilarious, they were very knowledgable and did well to keep a good vibe on an extremely disappointing trip.
The first stop was the mineral 'museum'. Which was a very dodgy, run down, building that had one 4mx4m room for a Jade exhibit (the room also contained 3 supposed Terracotta Warriors, although I'm not sure if they're genuine, the whole charade seemed as if it was run by DodgyBrothers co.) then the pushy staff take you into the next room- full of Jade carvings and ornaments, jewelry, and displays. They then tell you you're free to look around, but they pursue you and hound you, attempting to sell you their products. They are overly pushy and made the already bad experience worse. Next, we had a stop at a silk factory, it was interesting to see how the silk is actually made, but just like the Mineral museum, it was all about selling. Once you'd seen the process of making silk, you're then shoved into a shopping hall, where they again push you to buy their dodgy, seemingly illegitimate products. Again an awful experience.
Then came the 'traditional' Chinese lunch... Of Sautéed potato and battered, deep fried, egg plant.... They at least gave us chopsticks to eat with...
The last stop was the luowo shopping mall. Absolutely
disgusting. It's dirty and chaotic, the people are ignorant and
overly pushy.. The worst experience of my life. I will
never return to Shenzhen.
I would like to emphasize how good our tour guides were,
thank you Elton and Bruce for being amazing at your job!
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