From China to Hongkong, Hong Kong
The Kowloon Canton Railway is the suburban commuter rail system of Hong Kong. It can take you all the way into Mainland China as well as many smaller towns and villages in between. I used it to go visit the railroad museum.
UPDATE. The KCR was merged into the MTR in 2007 to improve regional efficiency and more importantly back-end efficiency.
Runs commuter service between Lo Wu (border with Shenzhen), Tuen Mun, Kowloon & Shatin.
East Rail runs from Lo Wu to Hung Hom Railway Station (South Kowloon).
West Rail Runs from Tuen Mun to Nam Cheong(Sham Shui Po - West Kowloon).
KCR also offers Intercity Passenger Service to Shanghai, Guangdong & Beijing. They are based at Hung Hom Station.
Light Rail is also offered by the KCR to residents living at Northwest New Terroritories. You will probably encounter it if you are exploring Tuen Mun & vicinity.
For a complete Route Map, please click on the following link: KCR Route Map
KCR has direct links to MTR at Nam Cheong, Mei Foo, & Kowloon Tong. There are also direct bus links that could take you anywhere in Hong Kong.
Star Ferry - it's one of the best way to take pic while you are resting on the ferry which contact Kowloon peninsula and HK island. It is cheap too! (adult not even over HKD3.0)
First ferry- contects with other island from Hong Kong island like Lamma island, Lantau island, Cheung Chau island, etc. these lines usually takes longer time (at least 30mins and depends on the distance between islands)
This is much simpler than I thought. You get the metro to Lo Wu station at the very end of the line and follow the signs on the platform. It gathers everyone into the correct lanes and deposits you at the HK Immigration desk. Through there in 15 seconds. Then across a long bridge over the river and you are in China (This is not a part you can avoid noticing). You queue for Immigration (foreigners on the left) and get through in 10 minutes. You are required to put all luggage through an X-ray machine, then Hey Presto, you are in heaving, smoky, hustling, shouting, pushing, shoving Shenzhen. Turn right for taxis, and it looks as if Shenzhen station is just a few metres away from the front of the border post (certainly within walking distance even with heavy luggage). Note that most taxi drivers in Shenzhen are Mandarin rather than Cantonese-speaking (as is the whole city seemingly): all the Cantonese-speaking Shenzhen taxi-drivers are now plying their trade in Hong Kong!
For train travel to China and beyond check out the following web site.
It has links to good maps, timetables, prices and pictures of the trains.
Enjoy your adventure
By Train: HKG - Guangzhou (3 hours) then Guangzhou - Guilin (14 hours).
By bus: HKG - Shenzhen (1.5 hour) then Shenzhen - Guilin / Yangshuo (10 hours). Price HKD250-280.
Tickets available at Shenzhen bus terminal, as well as China Travel Service in Hong Kong (www.chinatravel1.com/english/index.htm).
We took a catamaran back to mainland China. The trip was very comfortable and took about 2 hours. $HK 170.00 for first class . We went with the Chu Kong passenger Transport Co. from HK to Guangzhou. They had two crossings one at 8:30AM and One at 2:30.PM. It was interesting as to see the water change from blue to yellow as we left the South China Sea behind and entered China's Pearl River
It's usual that for people go to South China fly to Hong Kong first. If you don't like to spend time in Hong Kong like I do, there is a ferry you can take and direct to Guangdong from Hong Kong airport.
As many people know, though Hong Kong is part of China, but they have a separate custom from mainland China. Without taking the ferry, you have to first come to Hong Kong custom in airport for entering Hong Kong, then go to Hong Kong custom again in Luohu or Huanggan for leaving Hong Kong, until now you can see the China custom.
On your way out the airport, there is a desk to sell ferry ticket to many places in Guangdong. It's before the Hong Kong custom. When you buy your ticket there, they will have bus take you direct to the ferry so you don't have to see Hong Kong custom at all. It really saves lots of trouble. Another good thing is, they even help you pick up your baggage from your airline. Just buy the ticket then wait for the ferry, that easy! But for each additional baggage they pick up for you there is a $30HKD charge.
For more information about their service you can visit the website below.
A very inexpensive way of traveling from China to Hong Kong is to catch the overnight train services and then the MTR when you arrive in Hong Kong.
The ticket from Guilin to Shenzhen was approx 55 Yuan (US$9.00 in July 2008) and represented the transport and accommodation costs.
The trip took 14 hours, the compartments sleep 6, the beds are very comfortable and the trip proved to be hassle free. (For the cheap cost of the ticket you can always book out the entire compartment!!)
This is one of four overland routes into mainland China from Hong Kong. It is relatively unknown to many visitors due to its remote location and facilities. However, it is a good way to cross the border since there won't be much line-ups! The fastest way is to take the KCRC train to Sheung Shui Station. Take the exit that leads into the adjacent commercial building Landmark North. A ticket booth is placed inside the shopping mall area selling bus tickets for HK$20 to cross the border at Man Kam To. The bus can be taken underneath the building in the bus terminal. This photo is shot just prior to the immigration building on the Hong Kong side.
We landed in Shenzhen at about 4 pm and we were met by 23 degrees Celsius. Once we had picked up our suitcases we started looking for a way to get to HK. We soon found a sign saying ”To HK” and a boat displayed on it. It turned out to be a company called TurboJet. We bought tickets to Kowloon for about 190 RMB each – make sure you don’t pay extra for insurance. The boat-pier is only a short bus ride away and it is included in the ticket.
After filling out a departure card we got on board the TurboJet boat. For Norwegians this will be a pretty common sight because the boat is like most fast boats that traffic Norwegian fjords. The only thing that disappointed me was that I could not go outside to take a look at HK as we were approaching it. The boat trip only takes about 1 hour and the boat docked at the Ocean terminal/Harbour City. Arriving here is almost like arriving at an airport: you have to go through immigration and then you pick up your suitcase to go through customs.
The Ocean terminal is more or less in the heart of Kowloon.
Hong Kong is the major gateway
to China and much of East Asia.
International air service is excellent
and fares are relatively cheap. Visitors
should reconfirm onward or return tickets
well before departure. Departure tax is
about US$8 and included on Airline ticket.
In June 1998 Hong Kong opened its new international
airport - Chek Lap Kok - on Lantau Island. There's also
an international train link between Hong Kong and
Guangzhou (Canton) and a new six-lane highway. An
express train to Beijing, China takes about 30 hours.
Several transport companies in Hong Kong offer bus
services to Guangzhou, Shenzhen and several other
destinations in Guangdong Province. There are also
boats that take you to destinations in Guangdong and
the Guangxi Provinces.
If you travel from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, take the KCR to Lo Wu station (the last stop), where the border of HK and Shenzen is. It takes only 30 mins from Hong Kong to Shenzhen. Get off the train, you will go through immigration to exit HK then pass thru a bridge that will take you to Shenzen. When you get to the other side, before reaching the Shenzen immigration and right across the Duty Free look out for the sign that says Visa section (or something similar) at the left side. You will go up and get your visa there. It takes about 10-15 minutes for the whole process.
The visa fee varie for countries (they have a list of fee over there). Some said HK$150 for non-US citizens, however, my Dutch (from Holland) were charged HK$450. So, better check what rate your country fit into.
If you are planning to visit Shenzhen from Hong Kong, you need a visa to enter the China. You can either have your visa ready in your home country before travelling to HK or you can have your visa done in HK. I have visited China Travel Service at Tsim Sha Tsui to have my single entry visa done. It was quite easy, but you just need to pay the higher price as comparing to get your Chinese Visa at home.
There are several ways to go to Shenzhen, either coach, taxi or MTR train. I would share with you my experience by using the MTR train.
You need to catch an MTR train on the East Rail Line (Blue Line). I usually catch the train at Hung Hom Station. How to go to Hung Hom Station from Tsim Sha Tsui? There is a pedestrian underpass between Tsim Sha Tsui Station and East Tsim Sha Tsui Station. You can walk to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station and It is a comfortable walk like in an airport. When you arrive East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, take the MTR train to Hung Hom Station. You need to alight from West Rail Line train (Red) and transfer to the East Rail Line (Blue) at Hung Hom Station. Then, the train will take between 45 minutes to 1 hours to reach the Lo Wu Station.
You can also alight at the Sheung Shui Station, then Lok Ma Chau Station.
Lo Wu Station: Shenzhen Railway Station, Shenzhen Long-Distance Station, Shopping Mall, Dongmen Old Street, and etc. It also links with the Luo Hu Station, Shenzhen Metro.
Lok Ma Chau Station: Shenzhen CBD, OCT Bay, Window Of the World, and etc. It also links with Futian Station, Shenzhen Metro.
You can consider buying a Day Pass (20 Yuan) to travel with Shenzhen Metro.
There is a special line for foreigners, so make sure you get into the right line to avoid the local crowd. As usual, you need to fill-up the white card, and get your passport ready! Nothing is complicated here! Enjoy Shenzhen and China. It is a great way to start your real China adventure here!
For a one-day visitor, the 'Tourist Cross-boundary Travel Pass' is available at the Lo Wu border crossing for HKD $85 and will save you so much time lining up at metro stations and fumbling for the right money.
Strongly recommend this tip as a time saver and travel companion.
I think that other tickets for a longer duration are available but the one-day option is also good value for money in what you will read about as an expensive tourist destination.