Best Ports for entry from Shenzhen to Hong Kong
By: Daniel Otero
To make your crossing easier from Shenzhen into Hong Kong or vice-versa. Follow these quick tips. These are the easiest and 7 most efficient ports of entry in the whole of China:
Huanggang Port (for buses), Shenzhen Wan Port, Fuyong Port (for ferries), Wenjin Du Port, Shatou Jiao Port, International Airport Buses (Shenzhen Bo’an – Hong Kong and vice-versa) and Shekou Port (Jetfoil).
However, two of them are the best and most suitable for entry
They handle millions of visitors daily and the traveler shouldn’t feel overwhelmed. These are Louhu Port and Futian Port. When in doubt, just follow the guide below.
Few tips to know and it won’t hurt the tourist
When traveling between Shenzhen and HK. Several things to have in mind. Have enough money, time and patience for your crossing.
Hey, it’s a no ‘brainer’. But give yourself at least a good hour. The crossing has literally two checkpoints: one on the PRC (People’s Republic of China) side and the other on the Hong Kong, S.A.R. (Special Autonomous Region).
When you arrive at the checkpoints, start with arrival and departure cards. Carry a pen (preferably black) with you and patiently filled them out at one of the counters before rushing to the checkpoint.
If the traveler is a ‘the first timer’. They’ll feel a sense of rush, like their brain is going at thousand miles an hour. You know, like a ‘chicken with its head cut off!’
The traveler has to calm down, take a deep-breath and follow the signs. People will get there. Millions of people do this all the time without too much inconvenience. And in the worse case, all you have to do is ask.
Signs will easily be a guiding point
Therefore, follow them without any hesitation. Typically, if you’re a foreigner, you’ll be shuffling yourself to the extreme left of the lines.
Start with your easiest route, like electrical currency. Follow the path of least resistance and what’s closest to you.
Ports of entry hassle free
Now, there’s a deep confusion for first timers upon arrival via bus. Buses will
stop round city bus stations like Zhuzilin (竹子林).
There is below the metro station (Zhuzilin Station); however, you’re not at the checkpoint crossing just yet. You have to travel first Shenzhen’s beautiful metro service.
- Luohu Port– Hong Kong (border points with direct metro service)
This is one of the ports into the PRC (People’s Republic of China). If this is your arrival point. No problem, to go into Hong Kong take metro line 1. Not in direction to the Airport, but Lo Wu control point. Have some small bills or RMB coins for the machines to get your plastic coin. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luohu_Station). Average cost, 5 RMB.
- Futian Port – Hong Kong(border points with direct metro service)
When taking the Shenzhen Metro. You must transfer from metro line 1 to 4. It’s the last stop on the line. Just follow the crowds once you disembark. Most will be going in the same direction. The average cost is 3 to 4 RMB.
It’s also at the above, Futian District and it connects Huanggang to the new territories. However, it doesn’t have a metro service. Therefore, buses or taxis are a must.
It takes on average of 1:15 hours if you’re traveling from Kowloon or Jordan (110 RMB). Two hours from Wan Chai itself (100 RMB).
Depending on where you’re going, from this Ferry Terminal into HK takes about 50 minutes. To the Hong Kong International Airport on Lantau Island takes roughly 30 to 40 minutes.
Keep in mind, these times are subject to delays. The cost is 270 RMB and first class is 300 RMB; however, prices are subject to change. Therefore, check before you go.
Visas run on average of 168 RMB; however, things will vary from country to country. Therefore, always check ahead before you travel.
Please contact your local authorities for any questions, check the links and we thank you for your support.
Hong Kong at a ‘snap of the fingers’
Once into Hong Kong you’ll be spending for metro services, to and fro from the border around $80 to $100 HK (Hong Kong Dollars).
To begin your journey the best way possible, get an Octopus card throughout the MTR in HK. They are easy to buy at the kiosk or at the vending machines (instructions are in English and Chinese). It’s the most efficient way to get around.
At the end and all over the world, to start a trip stress free, avoid the following: ‘black taxis’ and these scalpers who are around the train stations and airports for the hustle. They are out to get your money and easily scam it from you. If you’re not certain, till you learn and literally ‘get your feet wet’ with experience.
Follow the signs and use the designated guides, tours and instructions in this article to get you into Hong Kong as hassle free as possible.
Other than that, enjoy your trip! Have a good one!