PANG Len Yin (彭蓮英)  |  Shenzhen 深圳  |


Updated on 9th December 2010

5) Obtaining a visa for China in Hong Kong

A) Most travel agencies in Hong Kong provide this service, (1 or 2 days) with some service charge but worth the hassle to go to the authority own self.

B) Apply for the visa yourself at China consulate. Cheaper  (HK$ 180- 600, it depends on the kind of visa) but usually takes longer.

Consulate Department Office of
the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in Hong Kong
Special Administrative Region
5/F Lower Block, China Resources Building, 26 Harbor Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Opening hours:
Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 12:20 pm ; 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 12:20 pm ;

Sun & Public Holiday Closed

Enquiries: Tel : (852) 2585 1794
Tel : (852) 2827 1881 ( Recording message)
Fax : (852) 2585 1717

1) There are duty free shops in the departure area of Hong Kong International Airport

2) Airport Hotel

The Regal Hotel is the only hotel at Chek Lap Kok. A hotel that is located at the airport, convenient to and from the airport.

3) Hovercraft Ferries to China

See schedule for the hovercraft ferries :

4) Octopus Card of Hong Kong

An electronic debit card useful for staying in Hong Kong for a longer period of time. The Octopus card can be bought from any MTR Customer Service Center. For adult costs HK$150; Octopus cards for students cost HK$100 and for a child HK$70 each.


Fastest Transport to Kowloon

A) Airport Express is the fastest transport from Hong Kong Airport to Kowloon. The express trains depart every 15 minutes and takes 20 minutes to reach Kowloon.

B) The alternative is taking a taxi, which is very expensive but most comfortable.

Bus Transport to Shenzen

There are buses from Chek Lap Kok Airport to Shenzen, the bus station is a few minutes walk from the airport terminal .

China Travel Service, GoGo Bus, and Eternal East offer bus transportation to Shenzhen. There are regular services from 7.00 a.m. until midnight. You can get tickets at airport's  Meeters and Greeters Hall.


Cheapest way from Hong Kong airport to Shenzhen by subway train - (China Visa needed for entering Shenzhen)

Take the airport express train to Kowloon, a taxi from the express train station to Hung Hom and then a KCR train from Hung Hom in Kowloon to Lo Wu. From LO Wu  take a taxi (it is a short ride) to Shenzen. There are trains leaving for Lo Wu

Lowu Commercial City (Luohu Commercial City)
Lowu Commercial City (Luohu Commercial City)
At Luohu Train station, Luohu District, Shenzhen

深圳 罗湖区 火车站斜对面罗湖商业城

A sprawling shopping center with 1500 shops selling any things you need to buy. The best and easiest place to shop for those short of time. This  sleek blue glass building mall at the exit of the Chinese border crossing.

How to go to Lowu Commercial City from Hong Kong

From Hong Kong take the MTR or KCR (depending on your location) to the Lowu station. A return trip will cost  between US$5 to US$12.

Non Chinese need passport and a visa to cross the border into China. You can obtain a one-journey (US$20) visa to Shenzhen at the Chinese border crossing at Lowu  where the urban train drops you off. If you plan to return a second time, then you will need to obtain this visa a second time as well. For British passport holders, the visa fee is US$58. In Hong Kong,  apply for it at the China Travel Service (there are few branches) or at the Chinese Government Office in Wanchai North and wait 1 1/2 to 2 days for it to be processed. One-journey, two-journey or multiple-journey visas can be obtained here.

At Lowu Commercial City shopping mall, Hong Kong dollars are the preferred currency. At Lowu Commercial City, you'll receive your change back in Hong Kong dollars but elsewhere in ShenZhen city, change will be in Chinese Yuan.

The minute you walk into the mall, tooters for all kinds of goods and services, from manicurists, to sellers of pirated goods, restaurant hostesses, massage centers, and tailors compete with each other for your attention. Shopkeepers hang out of their doors trying to persuade you to take a look. Everyone wants your business and everyone is friendly. Be prepared to be overwhelmed and unable to make decisions until the last few panicky hours, when you finally get the knack of it and try desperately to make up for lost time before taking the train back to Hong Kong.

The Lowu Commercial City shopping mall is a virtual maze to get lost easily. Shops display only a shop number and not a store name. If you can find the shop you looking for, try to find the bubble lift on each floor in the center of the mall. Here where the floor plans to locate the direction.  You may spend all day at the Lowu Commercial City where you can shop till you drop and then pamper yourself with pedicures, manicures and massages

Train cost from Kowloon to Shenzhen


I give you happy price

Shenzhen International Airport
Shenzhen International Airport - International Arrival Terminal
Shenzhen International Airport - International Arrival Terminal

More about the new Shenzhen International Airport

This is the arrival terminal of AirAsia Flight to ShenZhen International Airport.

AirAsia, a low-cost airline based in Kuala Lumpur, operates domestic and international flights.

AirAsia is Asia's leading low fare, no frills airline, the first airline in Asia to implement fully ticketless travel and unassigned seats.

AirAsia has been expanding rapidly and is very popular among the traveling public for its low fare deals.

Main base is in Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

AirAsia operates about 700 flights daily to 57 destinations in 12 countries.

In Thailand, AirAsia operates all domestic and international flights from the Suvarnabhumi International Airport of Bangkok.

Lo Wu Express - through train service from Kowloon to Shenzhen :

To relieve the heavy congestion at immigration counters at Lo Wu at weekends and holidays, the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) operates a non-stop through train service between Hung Hom and Lo Wu - the Lo Wu Express, as a chartered service during long holidays and festive periods. At the Hung Hom Station, passengers first complete their immigration clearance for Hong Kong side before they get on the Lo Wu Express. Upon arrival at the Lo Wu Station, passengers proceed directly to the Joint Inspection Building at Shenzhen for immigration and customs clearance.  Each Lo Wu Express train can carried 600 to 1,100 passengers.

If you come go to Hong Kong (Kowloon side)  from Lo Wu (Shenzhen, China), your last station is East Tsim Sha Tsui station.

By train from Kowloon to Shenzhen :

The East Rail  is one of three lines of the KCR network in Hong Kong. It starts at East Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon and ends at Lo Wu, the land border with Shenzhen :More about  East Rail : .


Shenzhen 深圳

The word "Shenzhen" never ever appear from the mouth of any Wong family members. I first came to know this name "Shenzhen" was in 1982 in Burma from Chinese officers from Mainland

It was in 1982 continue my way to Calcutta after 1 week visiting Burma.  While waiting to board Bangladesh Airline in the waiting hall,  a group of about 10 Chinese engineers checked in. The small waiting room put us sitting next to each other. They are on 'Technical Assistants' trip and had just completed their project in Burma and now to their next country Bangladesh.  Like other Chinese interlocutress in China who have great interest on Chinese overseas, one of them asked where my original root is.

 "Canton Division, Bao An County" I replied. "....we are Hakka (Kejia in Mandarin)..."

The young engineer pulsed for a few seconds then suddenly his eyes and face brighten up and said with excitement

" Your home land Bao An is now Shenzhen. And is developing fast....."

The next moment is boarding and hours later they landed in Decca and I settled in Calcutta City for 2 years.

For many years following little did I know the then president of China Then Siao Ping designated Bao An as the first Window open to the world and latter renamed Bao An County to Shenzhen Special Economic Zone.

By 1988 when I start working in Hong Kong Shenzhen Zone to my surprise was already a modern financial and commercial city. And the little known village Bu Kit Village, the village of my grand father is just several kilometers above Shenzhen Zone.

Shenzhen is located in the very south of Guangdong Province. Overlooking Hong Kong to the south and bordering Kowloon, this area is commonly referred to as Hong Kong's "backyard". Although the population of the city is about 5 million, only 1.5 million people are legally registered permanent residents. The remainder are a bizarre mixture of businessmen, investors and illegal immigrants, all here in an attempt to get a share in the Special Economic Zone's wealth.

The area is actually divided into three parts,

1) the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone (SEZ),

2) Shenzhen City and

3) Shenzhen County.

Virtually all the action is situated around the SEZ which is the business and financial heart of the city and the reason why most visitors come to Shenzhen. 

Although there can be no doubt that the SEZ is a huge financial and commercial success it is not a particularly charming or pleasant city. Businessmen and delegates from all over China regularly visit Shenzhen to see this economic success in action. The general feeling however, is that the city lacks something in other areas. 

The absence of history and culture here make Shenzhen seem almost desolate and the abundant wealth and investment do not compensate for the lack of soul and the drab atmosphere in the city.

Most people who visit Shenzhen do so on business and there are an abundance of hotels and other facilities catering to the business traveler which help to make a stay in Shenzhen more enjoyable. What's more, the city is well located next to Hong Kong and a day trip to the big city for some culture is very convenient.

Going to ShenZhen By Train from Hong Kong

How to go to Shenzhen from Hong Kong?

1) However, you need to have a China Visa ..

2) KCRC has direct train services to Guangzhou, shanghai and Beijing from Hong Kong passing through Shenzhen.

There are also train services to Lo Wu at the boarder. From Lo Wu  it is convenient to walk and cross over the boarder to Shenzhen. KRDC train services scheduled to run in every few minutes.

3) TubroJET is another  mode of transportation going directly to Guangzhou. Both of the train and boat take 2 hours to Guangzhou from Hong Kong. The train ride from Kowloon, Hong Kong to Lo Wu station takes 45 minutes. Or you can take a tour to visit Macau from Hong Kong by turbo-jet ferry which took less than one hour by sea.

Shenzhen has border train and bus connections to Hong Kong. There are trains to Guangzhou and buses to most nearby cities.

There are 4 land border crossings between Hong Kong and ShenZhen:

1) Lok Ma Chau,

2) Lo Wu,

3) Sha Tau Kok and

4) Man Kam To.

Lo Wu is the only port for train connections and the most popular connections - operating daily from 6:30am until midnight - so be aware that the last several trains do not go to Lo Wu. It is the last stop of the KCR East Rail train (HK section). East Rail, which connects to downtown Kowloon at East Tsim Sha Tsui, is the only way to reach Lo Wu. As it is in a restricted area, Lo Wu Station is only for travelling to Shenzhen or beyond, so a visa or other travel document is required to travel there without being fined.

The KCR East Rail commuter train which connects East Tsim Sha Tsui and Lo Wu with several intermediate stops mainly serves Hong Kong locals; it interchanges with MTR at East Tsim Sha Tsui and Kowloon Tong. For those traveling to or from Hong Kong Island, transfer to Cross Harbour Bus in Hung Hom Station or the MTR Tsuen Wan line at East Tsim Sha Tsui is recommended.

The journey from East Tsim Sha Tsui to Lo Wu takes 42 minutes and costs about HK$35 (First Class is about HK$70.00)

Trains depart every few minutes, check the destination screen at station before boarding. The train can be crowed during rush hours as it serves millions of commuters along the line as well.

For more details, check the KCR web site:

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