Saturday, September 1, 2012

Border crossing from hongkong to shenzhen

I've always love crossing borders. Just have such a sense of excitement.

Remembered crossing the borders of Central America. Such adventure!

So here I am again. Crossing the border from Hongkong into China.
But this time in air-conditional places. Not desserts. Without heavily armed security guards.

And most importantly, no requiring a visa makes everything so much easier!


From Hong Kong Airport to Shenzhen, via Hong Kongs MTR (metro or subway if you like) you have to make 4 line changes before you get onto the East Rail Line which takes you to the Shenzhen/Hong Kong border at Lo Wu (called LuoHu on the Shenzhen side). And it will cost around 100 HKD.

If the train is going to Lo Wu (louhu on the Shenzhen side) and your’e going to Futian District of Shenzhen, get off the East Rail Line at Sheung Shui and wait for the train (on the same line) that heads to Lok Ma Chau.

The border crossing from Hong Kong into Shenzhen at Luohu is straightforward, it’s more or less two buildings on either side of the border connected via an enclosed bridge, for all purposes it feels like the same building.
After departing the train simply follow the signs, have a completed departure card and your passport ready to show the Hong Kong border officer as you officially leave HK, then walk more or less straight ahead for a few minutes to reach the China mainland border officers. Show your completed arrival card and passport.
Passing that point you’ll walk straight ahead and be in Luohu, where, if you are outside at ground level, you’ll see a large public square to one side of which will be Shenzhen Railway Station and to the other side Luohu Commercial City (the railway station is the longer of the two buildings) and two levels beneath you will be the Metro (aka subway). To catch a taxi, if you are at ground level, go down one level and kind of underneath the Luohu Commercial building you’ll find a large taxi rank.
When: The first train leaves East Tsim Sha Tsui at 5:28am and the last train at 11:05pm. From Lo Wu the first train leaves at 6:38am and last train at 12:30am. These times are subject to occasional changes; however, the general hours are correct.
How Long: The journey to Lo Wu takes just under an hour, after which you can expect 30mins to 40mins of border formalities before entering Shenzhen.
Prices: A single ticket costs HK$36.50
Off the Hongkong MTR , Time to queue

Look for the foreigners line

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