Always make sure you have the place you are going to written on a piece of paper in CHINESE, also always keep a card or note with your hotel name (also in chinese) with you, so that if you get lost you can just jump in a taxi.
Discounted Air Ticket
Check out this agenct for discounted air ticket. Sometimes they offer 30-50% discount fare flying from Shenzhen to other cities in China.
Shenzhen Eagle Airline Ticketing Agency
Address: Basement, Luo Hu Customs Building
Huanggang Border Crossing with Hong Kong
This is one of the alternative border crossings into Shenzhen from Hong Kong, Huanggang border crossing. It is less crowded than the popular Luowu crossing by KCRC. In addition, this crossing is opened 24 hours a day now. This photo was taken right after you exit the Chinese customs and to the bus terminal for buses within and outside of Shenzhen.
This is a less popular route with tourists since it is not linked by an easy mode of transport. There are cross border buses that can be taken at the San Tin Bus Terminal in Northwest New Territories (Hong Kong) for HK$7 one-way. It is aptly known "yellow bus" by Hong Kong locals. Webpage can be found below.
To reach the San Tin Bus Terminal, the best option is to take the KCRC to Fanling Station. At the bus terminal adjacent to the train station take KMB no. 76K which you will need to alight at San Tin Bus Terminal.
Apparently, there are buses that can take you to many Kowloon and New Territories districts easily right when you leave the Chinese customs for HK$30-40. It seemed to cater to locals since the signs were written in Chinese.
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To your destination in Shenzhen: the China way
I was lucky that I was with my supplier and he took me with the mini busses that they use in China, a very cheap way of transport if you can find the correct bus to choose from.
When you leave the China immigration, walk towards the shopping centre and lot’s of people will ask you if you need a taxi, just ignore them. Just go up the stairs towards the shopping centre and then down again and you see a line of taxis waiting for customers, smile and pass them. (It was easy for me I just had to follow Alfred.)
You come to a bus park and there you have to find the bus that will bring you to your place. If you have the number, then you know which one to choose, otherwise good luck or you need to speak Chinese to ask for directions.
These are small minibuses and once you are in, it will leave when it’s full or when the departure time is there, what ever comes first. On the road to your destination there are no real bus stops, just yell when you want to get out. Sometimes you have to change busses to get to your final destination, make sure that you have everything detailed before you start this adventure.
I like this way much more then the ferry connection, you are surrounded by Chinese people, but because I don’t speak Chinese it’s for me impossible to communicate with them, so I try to sleep or look outside the window.
And travel light, the luggage goes with you inside the bus and you only have one seat.
To your destination in Shenzhen: the easiest way
For a foreigner without any help from a friend or supplier it will be not so easy to get to your place of destination. If you are alone, just take a taxi and show them the Chinese address and they will bring you there.
But make sure that you have the address with you in Chinese writing, not all of them can read and understand English.
When you leave the Fu Yong Ferry Terminal, you will see a lot of taxis waiting and just take the first in line.
When you leave the China immigration, walk towards the shopping centre and lot’s of people will ask you if you need a taxi. You can follow one of them or just go up the stairs towards the shopping centre and then down again and you see a line of taxis waiting.
With the train from Hong Kong to Shenzhen
Take the KCR towards Lo Wu, this is the mainland boundary, it’s at the border between China and Hong Kong. There is a train almost every 10 minutes, so you don’t have to wait so long as for the ferry.
Lo Wu is the end station of the line and also the place where most people will leave, especially on a Monday evening when all the Hong Kong people are going back to Shenzhen to their work.
You don’t have to walk towards customs, just go with the flow and feel as one big happy family with the hundreds and hundreds of other travellers who all want to go to China. It can take a bit longer to clear the immigrations, but it’s a great experience. Once at the other side, you will cross the border river and then you have to go through immigrations at the Chinese side.
A ticket will cost you between 20 and 33 HK$, depending of your starting point.
KCRC - from Hong Kong
KCRC (Kowloon Canton Railway) operates domestic as well as cross-boundary passenger services to the mainland China. To go to Shenzhen, simply take a train to Lo Wu Station (the mainland boundary), and walk pass the immigration counters. It take 30 mins travelling from Hung Hom terminus to Lo Wu Station.
See the Route Map
Take a bus!
I'm assuming that if you're in China in the first place, then you have access to someone who can translate for you, in which case they can help you with buses (working out what bus you need, what stop to get off at, how much the fare is). Definitely use the bus instead of taxis. Taxis in Shenzhen are quite expensive compared to much of China, especially if you're going long distances. Bus fares vary depending on how far you're going (trips I took were between 2 and 7 yuan) but even the more expensive ones are a great improvement on taxis! Buses aren't bad; some may be pretty crowded, depending on the time of day and where you're going. I don't know if this is true for *all* buses in Shenzhen, but all the ones we took came every five-ten minutes or so, so if you've just missed one, you don't have long to wait.
Hongkong to Shezhen by KCR
Whenever you're in Hongkong don't forget to visit Shenzhen.. and the easiest transportation method is to ride KCR (Kowloon Canton Railway).. cheap.. fast...
Nowdays, China public buses...
Nowdays, China public buses have improved a lot. Air-conditioning, recording announcement, and much safer than before.
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