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Least crowded Shenzhen to HK border crossing?

 
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wuliuchiba



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:27 am    Post subject: Least crowded Shenzhen to HK border crossing? Reply with quote

Posted this in the China forum, figured I could get some useful tips from people actually living in HK as well.

The last time I did a visa run I tried the Shenzhen Bay crossing because you can simply walk in to HK from one side and walk back into China from the other side - entry points going both ways are in the same building. Big mistake - it literally took me over four hours in total to cross over to HK and return to Shenzhen because of the ridiculous weekend crowd. Is there a less crowded border crossing in Shenzhen? I'm going to spend a few days in HK so I don't need to exit and re-enter at the same border crossing.

As for why I don't just fly directly to HK, it's because domestic flights to Shenzhen are 2-3 times cheaper in China than to HK.
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sistercream



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you think SZ Bay is crowded, then for heaven's sake steer clear of Luohu! Even at weekends, SZ Bay is less worse than that.

I an't find any current info on the ferry service between SZX and either Kowloon or HK island, so I guess it no longer runs Sad but you can still catch a ferry from Shekou (mind you, I haven't done that on a weekend...).

I haven't tried the Huanggang crossing because it's not convenient to where I live.
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Javelin of Radiance



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sistercream wrote:
If you think SZ Bay is crowded, then for heaven's sake steer clear of Luohu! Even at weekends, SZ Bay is less worse than that.

It's all about timing. Obviously weekends and holidays are going to be extremely busy. A couple of weeks back I made it from the Luo Hu coach station, through both China and Hong Kong immigration, and to the train platform on the Hong Kong side in a total of 24 minutes. Mid week and mid afternoon. No crowds and no lines. SZ Bay is often worse than Luo Hu now. It's got a huge parking area that attracts a lot of tour buses from all over Guangdong, plus that part of SZ is developing fast and lots of people live out that way now. Longest lines I've ever faced were out SZ Bay way, but again, that was during the winter holiday.
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GreatApe



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd have to agree with J of R ... timing is everything! I've crossed at Luohu 90% of the time and never had a really bad experience in 4 years. Longest wait was around an hour.

--GA
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kjkrause



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2015 5:41 am    Post subject: wait times Reply with quote

louhu has dedicated lines to foriengers so generally it is much better then most of the others....especially avoid futian checkpoint on weekends....
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wuliuchiba



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

By foreigners do you mean lines specifically for non-Chinese? That would be great, since 98% of the border crossers are mainland Chinese, and avoiding the crush of that crowd would make a border run a snap.
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Kowloon



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I crossed in to Shenzhen from Lo Wu last weekend and bought a Shenzhen visa in the process. If it hadn't been for the cashier changing shifts literally seconds before being handed my application (Mad) I think I would have made it from the MTR to the MRT in under 30 minutes including getting the visa! This was on a Saturday afternoon about 4.30pm.

The time it took to cash out and then cash in easily doubled that! Rolling Eyes

Came back via Futian. Huge lines but they moved pretty quickly. As people have said above no dedicated lines for foreigners.
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MESL



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never enter Hong Kong from Shenzhen. Always enter from Guangzhou. Never walk, never take a bus, never take a ferry. You don't need to fly either. Take the express train from Guangzhou. Runs all day. 200 RMB. 2 hour trip. Fast border crossing. Indoors. Plenty of luggage space. Drops you off in Tsim Tsa Tsui, which is a huge travelplex with 2 dozen exits and connections to everywhere.
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Songbird



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MESL, actually that would depend on where you're coming from. I wouldn't be travelling all the way to GZ just to get that train from Shenzhen. Also if you were going from Shenzhen I'd advise getting off at Kowloon Tong and changing metros if you were heading to Central district. Hung Hom is a pain tbh.

When I lived in Shenzhen about 4 years I lived in Futian at Lianhua North, so I'd naturally take the Futian checkpoint into HK. I'd try and beat my personal best every time I went- my best time was from my front door to getting of at Central, going via Kowloon Tong, walking quickly to get in lines at the borders and generally knowing exactly where to go within 1hr 20mins!

Ah.....I miss life there (now back in Oz in an office job getting yelled at all day....)
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