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Least crowded Shenzhen to HK border crossing?

 
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wuliuchiba



Joined: 07 Jul 2013
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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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