Oh, the Hong Kong and China border. How I love thee!

Are you crossing the border?

I have crossed the Hong Kong border up to four times per week at certain times.

There are people whose lives are spent crossing back and forth between Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou. Even children, going to school each day, cross early in the morning, normally about 7:30 am to 8:30 am – you will see a large number of children lining up with teachers or school assistants to help them get into Hong Kong to go to school. I don’t believe there are any students going the other way (Hong Kong into Shenzhen), so this tells you which side has the better education system.

This guide is for the business traveler who either crosses the HK / China border for a one-time visit or is trying to figure out the system for a regular commute.

I hope this will serve as a reference you can return to. I will also try my best to regularly update this guide as I learn more and as others contribute their tips and tricks. If you have tips or fixes to this post, please comment so we can keep this as a community resource!

Different Border Choices

Borders

Transportation Options

Methods of Crossing

Visa at the Border

Visa at the Border

Car Service (Cross in Style)

Luxury Car Service

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In Conclusion

Hope that didn’t overwhelm you too much. I count 10 borders between Hong Kong and Shenzhen (Mainland China). Of course, you can also fly directly into China from Hong Kong, and then you would have to enter China customs at that destination’s airport and not any of those mentioned above.

As a border-hopping regular, I hope the above gave you some new ideas for better bridging the “China divide”.

Please comment below with your tips, tricks, and questions. It has become a pretty active comment section for border hopping regulars!

I also have a PDF version of this post for you to download, so you can reference it when you’re on the go and may not have internet.

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On top of the Hong Kong Frequent Traveler Pass, you can also get frequent visitor e channel, and then use all the e-channels on Hong Kong side. There is no cost to do this, but as far as I know you can only get it when flying into the Hong Kong airport. Its what I use and saves a lot of time! The Travel Pass is good as you can stand in the line in case the e-channel is full and can also take the vans through different part. Also if you have a passport from a country that issues… Read more »

Michael Michelini
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thank Andy,

So I should add 2 parts after the Hong Kong Frequent Traveler Pass section then?

1) Frequent Visitor E-Channel – no cost? I found this government link – is this it? http://www.gov.hk/en/nonresidents/visarequire/echannel/fv.htm

2) APEC card I found this link online – Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation http://www.apec.org/About-Us/About-APEC/Business-Resources/APEC-Business-Travel-Card.aspx

Michael Michelini
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Thanks Hess!

I am definitely in need of getting this as I crossed so often, Tuesday next week is my next trip

cheers

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P.J. Entrepreneur
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P.J. Entrepreneur

Informative article that will help many people. I have found that the shortest border crossing times for Passport holders when going from Hong Kong to China are at the Huanggang Border Crossing if you leave Wanchai or Mongkok on the bus at 3:00am to 4:00am if that fits your schedule.

Blahnika
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Blahnika

They are 3 different things, you can get the frequent travel pass, which is the actual book from HK gov that you described, then the e-channel, and APEC. All are different and you can have any one of them or all of them. APEC is a plus as it should let you go to the fast lane in China too.

Hess
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Hess

Hi Mike.

You can get the ABTC card as an American bypass immigration as Shenzhen border, and most of APEC for that matter. I make this trip frequently and just flash my American ABTC card. No problems, no lines, no fuss.

Michael Michelini
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Yes, depends on the country and embassy procedures. …. I have had up to three sets of extra pages in my past passport

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Filip Zieliński
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Filip Zieliński

Thanks for quick reply Michael. The issue with stamps is that you can probably fill up the whole passport within a month or two if you commute daily. How do you request the extra pages? Have you arranged it through the US embassy? Other countries might be less helpful with issuing enlarged passports

Michael Michelini
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Hey Filip,

Glad you enjoyed it! For stamps yes you get a stamp on the China side, in Hong Kong you used to get a stamp but now it is just a piece of paper.
Not sure what is the issue with getting a stamp? Sure it takes up pages in your passport and I have had to get extra pages added but besides that I Don’t see an issue?

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Filip Zieliński
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Filip Zieliński

Thanks for the post Michael! I am still confused about the stamps that you get at the border… isn’t that a big problem? And how do you avoid it? You haven’t mentioned it in this article but I believe it’s a pretty valid question.

Michael Michelini
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thanks PJ, it took a lot of work to write this up – but feels great that it is online and getting positive feedback! I’ll try to continually update it as I go along. wow – 3am is the best time – ya that is the only border you can take at 3am too (Huanggong) and I can imagine it must be a quiet time to cross over. I think I have taken it at 2am and it was pretty quiet – but never 3am to 4am (that I can remember…) 🙂 cheers!

Karen
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Karen

Could someone tell me the quickest way to get from Elements centre in Hong Kong, i think it is above kowloon train station to Houjoi in Dongguan. Private car would be best but they all seem way too expensive. Any help would be appreciated.

SJH
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SJH

Hi – my Chinese fiance and I are flying into HKG from Shanghai in Aug and plan to head over to Shekou to catch up with friends. I’m a NZ passport holder and my fiance, although a NZ PR is still on her Chinese passport. I’m assuming we can just get off our flight from Shanghai and get the ferry to Shekou without the hassle of my fiance having to get a HKG visa. We both have outbound tickets to NZ for a week later, which does I believe,allow Chinese passport holders to get an automatic 7 day visa, but… Read more »

Michael Michelini
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hi Stu,
Glad you enjoy the post ! Yes, I try to update this as I go – so I re-read your comment here a couple times – the issue is not entering into China from HK – but leaving China after spending a few days in Shekou, right? And that is for your wife’s visa, not yours right?

Hmm, I THINK it should be ok – but this is more something to ask the Chinese visa agency – there has been a recent limit on the amount of times Chinese can enter HK per week…

SJH
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SJH

Hi Mike and thanks for you reply. I think we have it sorted. We’ll fly from Shanghai into HKG and get the ferry to Shekou Port. That way we don’t pass through HKG Immigration and the ferry staff pick up our bags for us. Coming back we fly from HKG to New Zealand. We do the same thing, check in at Shekou Port (we’re flying Cathay Pacific) get the ferry to HKG airport and straight to the transit terminal to wait for our flight. No entry to HKG either way and no need for a HKG visa for my wife

SJH
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SJH

Hi Michael Still enjoying reading your posts. I’m wondering if you can help me with a query around partner/spouse visas. My fiancee (a Chinese National) and I (a NZ National) will be married in New Zealand next month and plan to head to China in early 2016 to live. My understanding is that we can apply for a Q visa here in NZ which is a family/spouse visa which will then let me enter China. Once we are there we then go to the local police station (Entry/Exit Bureau) where I’ll get a permit to stay, which must be renewed… Read more »

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Michael Michelini
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Hey Steve, Great to hear back from ya! Hmmm, I am not much of a China visa expert, just my own experience. I have a blog post somewhat talking about this here https://www.globalfromasia.com/go-chinese-girls-hometown-chinese-new-year/ But to answer your direct question at the end – you cannot get married 2 times to the same person in 2 countries – its recognized internationally. Though you’ll probably need to have it translated to Chinese for the Chinese government to read and accept it. keep me posted, also – are you on my weekly newsletter, its a good way to keep up with the blog… Read more »

ET
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ET

I also want to add that the http://www.szgky.com/ website was the only place where I could get a ticket to SZ by paying with credit card. I found another ferry that was HK island direct to Fuyong but they only accepted UnionPay. If only that website worked, then all would be sorted now…

Michael Michelini
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Basically can be as simple as that. You can also go up to Shopping Park Metro stop and grab a beer in Coco park from Lok Mau Chau. 🙂

Michael Michelini
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hey Dove,
This is how many self employed business owners get by for many years.. wouldn’t recommend it as a long term solution! One person I know did that for 8 years!

Michael Michelini
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hi Nathalia,

Great, welcome to the cross border madness! US passport I assume? I’ve heard they will stop giving extra pages at the end of this year via http://hongkong.usconsulate.gov/acs_passports_add_pages.html

So get the pages before end of this year!

Then when you do need to get a new passport, get the one with as many extra pages as possible, think mine is 47 pages ?

Steven
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Steven

Many people go through this option, but as Michael says below, I don’t recommend this for a long term solution as you may get questioned by HK custom officers upon entry to HK such as what kind of business do you have in HK that requires you to re-enter on a frequent bases, specially if you do not hold an HKID… in the bracket, for a long run, it’s definitely a risky option.

Steven
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Steven

You may be slightly cautious on this since different provinces in China impose different laws in regards to Resident Permits for foreigners. Better to check with the local Entry & Exit Bureau office in the city which you’re going to reside in China.

Some province in China requires you to fly out of China (in your case back to NZ) to change your current visa status to a Z visa and then return to China to apply for a residence permit – entry & exit to HK/Macau is not accepted by some provinces such as Tianjin.

Nathalia Cardenas
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Nathalia Cardenas

Hi! I’m moving to Shenzhen in a couple of months and I’m planning on traveling to Hong Kong regularly from there. Probably by mrt. If my passport will be stamp every time I cross the border it might be a good idea to renew my passport before i go right? (the one I have now is running out of pages). What would you suggest me? Is there any other option?.

Dove King
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Dove King

Hi Michael, I have a bit of a strange question.

I’m waiting for my working visa to come through for Hong Kong but just before it does I need to leave and re-enter HK to get another 6 months on my UK passport. I only want to get the new bit of paper with the new leaving date on it, that’s all. So could I just go to a HK/China border station with the MTR and get my paper then head back at the same station I arrived on?

ET
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ET

Hiya, Thanks so much for your information. I have been trying to figure out what to do about entering China from HK for days. I understand that there are many ways to enter and one could just rock up, get a ticket on the spot, and leave – either bus ferry or train. However, I need a pre-paid ticket right now to show the China consulate in order to get my China visa; they want to see proof of my entry in the mainland. Ideally I want to take the ferry to Fuyong Wharf as that’s where the person who… Read more »

Dove King
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Dove King

Thanks for the quick reply ^_^ and I definitely don’t plan on doing this long term.
But just to double check, I can go to the Luohu or Lok Ma Chau MTR station, cross the border then and pretty much do a 180 o and head back on the same MTR?

Rhad Akut
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Rhad Akut

Hi Mike, Im Planning to bring my bike (on a bike bag) from Shenzhen direct to HK airport. Does the Coach or Vans at Huanggang allows bike bags on their trip?

Michael Michelini
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hi ET,
wow, detailed response thanks! After checking with friends and remembering myself after years of not using it – you do need to have a HK airport plane ticket to get the ferry from Shenzhen to HKG. And to get into the HK airport ferry departure area you need to be in the checked area of the airport, which would assume you need to have a ticket into HKG.

Hope this helps – would love to hear how you figure this all out in the end…

best of luck

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Rhad Akut
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Rhad Akut

Hi Mike,
It’s the other way around. I’m From Huanggang going to HKIA. I assume it will be of the same scheme? Get off the bus with my bike bag, go through immigration in China and HK, and take the same bus at HK side going to HKIA? and there will be no problem as well with the size of my bike luggage bag i think?

Michael Michelini
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Hi Rhad,

You can buy bus tickets from Hong Kong directly to the Shenzhen airport. Just need to go back on the bus after you cross the border…. As I assume you are flying into Hong Kong airport and then going into Shenzhen Airport? This bus company takes you from HKIA to SZIA (HK international airport to Shenzhen international airport) – http://www.trans-island.com.hk/en/service12.php?nid=9

Rhad Akut
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Rhad Akut

Gezz, thanks Mike. Hope my query get your Chinese skills a little notch up 😉 Though they can’t confirm if i can load it on the coach or vans, the thing that i can get it pass the border is already good news. In Luhou they only allow 170cm total size (L+W+H) of any luggage. The Bike bag i will be using is 21x125x80cm. btw, after crossing the border, is there any bus going to the airport? and i assume they will let my luggage in i think 🙂 Thanks so much for the efforts mate.

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Terence
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Terence

Hi Mike, Great info you have here…I am planning on doing a quick visa run to get another 6 months on my Chinese visa. I read somewhere that if you cross from Shenzhen to HK via the Luohu Border, you have to take the MTR one stop to Sheung Shui in HK before you can return back into Shenzhen. Is this true? If it is, I would rather chose another crossing eg.Futian than having to deal with this hassle. Have you tried or know of anyone who encountered this situation at the Luohu border crossing? Thanks.

Jamie
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Jamie

Hi I live in Louhu, just wondering where to get a taxi from leaving from Shenzen Louhu to go to Hong Kong central? Will be leaving around 9.30 pm. Catching a flight the following day from hk airport . I was told I could get a taxi from huanggang also? But Louhu closer. Just wondering the difference and how to locate the taxis?

Michael Michelini
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Hi Terence,
I’ve been to all these borders multiple times 🙂

Futian, yes you will still be in the same building when you cross, so you can just not go on the MTR or the bus into HK and turn back around.

If customs cares if you do that or not, that is where I am not 100% sure – but technically it is not a problem.

hope this helps
Mike

Terence
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Terence

Hi Mike, Thanks for the reply. I am actually flying to Shenzhen from another city and flying back on the same day. Don’t have much time to waste so just doing the out-in method. I heard that when you cross at Futian, you can turn around and come back into Shenzhen “after exiting the building”? I am just wondering if this building is on the Shenzhen side or the HK side? If I don’t have to go pass HK immigration, this would save me some time. Can anyone confirm this? Just want the Exit & Entry stamp from Chinese customs.… Read more »

Michael Michelini
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hey Terence, glad you enjoy the post! While I know a lot of friends who do the quick Hong Kong trip, I don’t know of any that do it just into luoho, turn around, and go back. Most just take a few stops into HK on the MTR, grab a lunch, meet a friend, and then come back. don’t even want to do that? But I can’t see why not turning around wouldn’t work? But I remember a friend or two just nervous to try it. Not sure if Futian border policy would be different from Luoho? Both are connected… Read more »

Edoardo Chiaventone
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Edoardo Chiaventone

Hi Michael! I would like to ask you a couple of questions regarding the daily crossing from Shenzhen Bay to Hong Kong (Sheung Wan) and vice versa. – Where is the bus stop in Sheung Wan to go back to Shenzhen Bay? – If the Shenzhen Bay border is closed at late night, I should go through the Lok Ma Chau border 24h open. Do you know where I can catch a bus to that border from Sheung Wan district? – Since I am going to work for a company in Hong Kong, they will provide me with HK ID… Read more »

Michael Michelini
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Hi Jamie, I honestly only go to Luoho for the MTR – not the taxi….I can’t verify it – but I’m not even sure if there are taxis there – I’ll keep it in mind to check next time I pass there. I like huanggang more for car/bus transit – I think of Luo Ho as a subway/mtr border. Huanggang has buses that go direct to the HK airport for like …. 120 HKD – its a skylimo. Hope this helps. It would be great if you can share with us also what you end up doing so we can… Read more »

Dwi Santosa
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Dwi Santosa

Hi Mike, A week later I plan to send two friends from Shenzhen to Hong Kong International Airport (flight at 10.50 am). I’m interested in what-so-called SkyLimo. So by taking this, we still need to get off at the border right? Do we need to walk much from SZ side to HK side immigration check? Let say it’s Shenzhen Bay or Huanggang border. I won’t join them taking this SkyLimo because I will have my single pass visa (Shenzhen area only) and will have flight home from SZX at the night. That’s why I need to know this SkyLimo’s transfer… Read more »

Michael Michelini
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Hi Edoardo, My pleasure to help – let’s figure this out more and more together! – bus tickets HK to SZ – yes you buy them at the bus stop – there are cashiers setup outside. For Sheung Wan, its a building shop inside the Ferry’s Mall. – Wan Chai bus station – there is a ton of construction there now, so they moved the pick up spot to harbour road at the eagle center (map attached). But it will move again once the construction is over, but that is probably a year or so away. – Meeting up at… Read more »

Edoarfo
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Edoarfo

Hi Michael! Thank you very much for the information and tips. I didn’t try yet to cross but yes, it sounds really insane the daily crossing to Hong Kong :-). Definetely once I will start to cross the border I will post some comments to share my tips with you and other people that need those usefull information ;-). – Regarding the bus tickets from HK to Shenzhen, is there any ticket office near to the bus stop in Sheung Wan? – The bus station in Wan Chai (to go to Huanggang border) is closed to the metro station? By… Read more »

Michael Michelini
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Hi Edoardo, Welcome to the cross border insanity! Let me answer each question: 1) bus stop in Sheung Wan to SZ bay – its in the ground floor of the Sheung Wan HK Macau Ferry. Ask inside the mall area and they should point you to the right place 2) When SZ bay border is closed – I go by bus from Wan Chai to Huanggang, 24 hours. Lok Mau Chao is also not 24 hours – only one is Huang Gang, but its near Lok Mau Chao point 3) HKID card – yes, this is a big benefit –… Read more »

SunnyK
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SunnyK

Hi Michael, I intend to take a Ferry to Shekou from HKIA Skypier. I have to make some calls when I reach shekou port. Are there any Chinese SIM Card shops in Shekou ferry terminal? Or can I buy Chinese SIM cards from HKIA?

Michael Michelini
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hi Dwi, you’re English is great – thanks for leaving a comment here and asking. for Skylimo – you buy at the border on the China side – before you head off to the HK side. It works at both Shenzhen Bay and Huanggang border. There is a booth at each of them, and you can walk with to this booth and buy it – its 150RMB at Shenzhen Bay and 120RMB at Huanggang (if I remember correctly….of course it may be a bit more so be prepared) – they will not make you get out of the SKylimo once… Read more »

Michael Michelini
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Hi Edo, wow, a lot of detailed questions, even some of them I have not experienced… 1) yes I think they’ll move the ticket office after construction – but will probably be a totally new station again… 2) Wan Chai – not sure which company it is – but it is 24 hours – there is always a bus every 30 – 45 miutes at that pick up spot. If going to Shenzhen bay, it ends like earlier….like 9pm or even earlier i think (haven’t gone to SZ bay in years) 3) SZ Bay – i dont do much these… Read more »

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Joe
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Joe

Any update on uber? Specifically from Shenzhen to HK? Thanks!

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Michael Michelini
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Hi Joe,
I met a startup who made an app specifically for this – http://www.easi-way.com I have yet to try them but am hoping to partner with them for our upcoming Cross Border Summit – maybe you can give it a whirl – its iOS only for now – I’m an Android user

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Zach
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Zach

Thanks for the information. It was very insightful.

I was wondering if anyone has heard of the Multiple Chinese Visa Stamp Page? I think it is for frequent travelers between Hong Kong and China.

Stefano Leonardi
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Stefano Leonardi

Hello Mike!! I have a questione for you 🙂 I work in Shenzhen and i need to cross the border in Hk at least once or twice per week. From my workplace to go to downtown i need to take the shuttle bus of the company that stops at Huanggang port! The problem is that it would be more convenient for me to cross in Futian checkpoint. The 2 checkpoints are really badly connected even if they are so close. I’m wondering how to go from Huanggang port to futian checkpoint and viceversa without using a taxi. You wrote that… Read more »

Michael Michelini
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Hey Zach,
Glad you enjoyed this post – and thanks for the comment –

hmm – this is something I haven’t heard of? And i’ve been crossing for years!

Like a separate book just for China stamps?

Steven
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Steven

Yes, there’s a so called Paper Stamp (can’t quite remember what exactly it’s called) and they only offer this option to those who hold a Permanent HKID. You can obtain it at Futian checkpoint at mainland side. Once you obtain this stamp paper, you no longer will receive exit/entry stamps on your passport.

saru
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saru

Hi mike,leaving to shenzhen from Hong Kong through the lo Wu border.planning to spend half a day in shenzhen on 20th April.could you pls suggest on the best possible time to leave to zhuhai from shekou port and the best means of transportation from the luohu commercial city to shekou port.Feel blessed having found your blog…very informative.

Stefano Leonardi
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Stefano Leonardi

Thank you very much!! So nice from you! What do you mean by village?? And is the highway crossing safe? Ahah

saru
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saru

Kindly let me know if we need to book for the ferry at the shekou port in advance online.

Michael Michelini
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lol, this is why you dont see it in maps or forums!

Michael Michelini
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so hard to explian made a map for you …. basically you go over the fot bridge, pass the taxi line – go through the bus stop – and cross the highway (jump the fence…) and then go through the village, and then another highway, and htne there is the metro station fumin…..

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Steven
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Steven

I wish eChannel facility would be available on the mainland side for foreigners crossing the border on a daily bases. During my days working in Shenzhen and living in HK, I filled up all pages of my passport, pretty much getting stamped twice a day (entry and exit) five days a week. Currently, the eChannel at mainland side is only available for Chinese Nationals. and if you’re crossing the border at Futian Checkpoint/Shenzhen Bay, there’s no separate line for foreigners.

Michael Michelini
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no need to book the ferry in advance from my experience.

Michael Michelini
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Hi Saru, Happy you enjoy the blog post! Ya, this is a best effort to make things clear. Well – unfortuntaly for you these are on the 2 opposite sides of Shenzhen! Shekou ferry port is in Shekou district, and you Luoho commercial city is way over in Luo Ho district! You can take a subway to Luo Ho station, I think it is about one hour and 30 minutes and about 3 USD (can’t remember exact), or you can take a taxi – I think it is about 45 minutes about about 120 RMB (20 usd) the other idea… Read more »

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Cameron W
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Cameron W

Hey Michael & All, I cross the border all the time as well, usually Huanggang or Futian, here are some of my tips / observations that might help some people: 1) Do not take a taxi to Futian checkpoint between about 2 Pm to 7 Pm. The traffic backs up like crazy, you will get stuck for up to 45 minutes sitting in a traffic jam. If you want to take a taxi to the border in the afternoon, go to the yellow bus station (huang ba zhan), which will take you through the huanggang border instead. 2)You can get… Read more »

scott
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scott

If I have an APEC card do I still need to fill out the paper forms I used to fill out when crossing into china from HK? Or do I just give my driver the APEC card, my passport, and that’s it?

Steven
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Steven

What I would suggest is to have a stack of those arrival/departure forms and fill them up at home, you can grab a bunch from the customs. This will save you lots of time.

Steven
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Steven

Hey Mike,
Well… I doubt it. I’m on a New Zealand passport myself and I’m not currently in China. I was visiting HK and Shenzhen over the New Year holidays and that was when I got a chance to question one of the customs supervisors.
Anyway, I’m interested to know…

Silvia
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Silvia

Hi Michael,

Just wondering if I can do the same day exit and entry between Shenzhen and HK. Is it true that you must stay 24 hours in HK? Thank you.

Silvia

Steven
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Steven

You can do multiple entry/exit in a day, as long as you’ve a multiple entry visa to enter mainland.

Johan Lundin
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Hi Michael, Great blog post! I have a question that might be a bit trickier than most: I am a Swedish citizen working in Hong Kong and have a Hong Kong registered motorbike I’d like to cross into China with. I haven’t made any attempts yet but was keen to hear if you have heard about anyone succeeding. Other Chinese borders have been crossed like for instance http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/ride-tales/riding-through-china-i-did-82852 without guide and organised groups but haven’t seen any attempting the HK-China border. I have, naturally, HKID and multi entry visa to China since I go to Guangzhou for business occasionally. I… Read more »

Dan
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Dan

Please state,i am travelling to shenzhen from HKIA by red taxi, how much is the red taxi fro the airport.

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Kushagra Agrawal

Hi Michael,
The blog is really informative and helpful. I just had one question.
I have a multiple entry visa for Hong Kong with the maximum duration of one stay as 14 days. Just wanted to know if Macau is counted as an exit point from Hong Kong. Can i travel to Macau for one night and get back the 14 days.
I have been getting mixed answer for this question so I am really confused.
Hope you can help.
Regards,
Kushagra

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Steven
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Steven

Hi Michael,

Just a quick heads up on the visa on arrival at LoWu border. I was there a couple of weeks ago. Yes, they do issue a 5 day visa on arrival for American passport holders which apparently costs 900 something RMB! That’s quite expensive for a single entry! For other nationalities it will cost something between 180RMB to 300RMB I believe.

Thanks,
Steven

Heather Stephens
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Heather Stephens

Michael- We are traveling from Shenzhen to Hong Kong (Central) and I am interested in taking the ferry. I’m wondering how far in advance we need to show up at the ferry terminal? We would like to just buy our tickets when we get there. Thanks!

Daniel
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Daniel

Hi!

I will make a daytrip from Hong Kong (Central) to Guangzhou (by train?!) I am interested in shopping and buying some fake shoes & clothing I’m wondering if i will get problems with the customs when i go back from Mainland China to Hong Kong? And answer would be great. Thanks!

Daniel

Heather Stephens
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Heather Stephens

Michael- Thanks for the information. I found the taxi to the ferry to go to Hong Kong Central quite easy. You can’t board until 20 minutes or so before the ferry, so (at least at the time I went) one hour was fine. The only thing I would caution travelers is that if you have things you usually have to have in checked luggage be aware that they do baggage screening like the airports and you may not be able to take things on – for example, my husband had a larger pocket knife and they took it! Otherwise, it… Read more »

Sydney
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Sydney

Hi Steven,

Very informative blog, thanks! I have one question of which I can’t find the answer to: with the (new) 144 hrs VOA that you get at the Shenzhen airport, can you just leave through the land border to Hong Kong? Or you need to leave from the airport again? Hope you know the answer!

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Rachel
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Rachel

Hi Michael,

I am a French citizen planning to apply for a PhD in Hong Kong. My research field will be Hong Kong and Guangdong so I was wondering if there were any visas that will allow me to go back and forth weekly from HK to Shenzhen (like a one year multiple entries one) ? If possible, I will rent a place in Shenzhen and stay there most of the time (around 4days a week). And as I will be a university student in HK, I will have a Hong Kong student visa.

Thanks,
Rachel

Richard Cooper
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Richard Cooper

Here’s a weird two-part question that I hope someone can help me answer: I’m Dutch and have two passports; one Dutch and one British (hurray for international families). Currently I’m in Mainland China on my Dutch passport and soon I’ll make my way to HK, where I will be applying for a Chinese Visa in my UK passport. So first part of the question; Can this be done without having to travel to a third country/my home country (mainly with regard to entry and exit stamps)? Second part: How do I go about it? As in; when crossing the border,… Read more »

Arthur
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Arthur

I am going to spend about 3 weeks in Hong Kong in July and have been searchign for flight tickets. I have seen that I can save up to 300 USD if I land in Shenzhen. Is it worth the hassle?

Xavier
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Xavier

You may need a Chinese Visa if you land in Shenzhen, After, there is Bus going to Hong Kong from Shenzhen Airport but I wouldn’t do it. It will add about 3/5hrs extra traveling time to go to Hong Kong Central depending on traffic and the time it take for you to cross the border China/Hong Kong.
Hong Kong airport is so convenient. I wouldn’t bother landing in Shenzhen!

Xavier
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Xavier

How to avoid my passport to be stamped every time I cross the China border. I am French citizen and Hong Kong permanent Resident with Multiple entry visa for 3 years to China. I cross the HK/CN Border more than 3 times a week… and am changing my passport every year because of the stamps in China. I am also having the Business traveler card APEC. Thanks!

Nikolaus
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Nikolaus

Hello, thank you for the enlightening posts. I have a question about old passports. I plan on entering Shenzhen on the 5 day visa-on-entry thing at luohu /huanggang. However i no longer have my old passport with all my old china visas from previous years. does anyone know if they will let me through? In my case i stupidly did not ask to get it back when applying for the new one, but since it can also happen that a passport gets stolen, i assumed they will let you through after quizzing you a little. was wondering whether anybody had… Read more »

Josh
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Josh

with the APEC card ground crossing from HK to Shenzhen they now make you get out not pass in car– with APEC which line can i use?

There is a line marked “special/Diplomat” at most ground crossings can i use that instead of the normal “foreigner” crossing?

Sean
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Sean

Why is it highway from HK AirPort to Shenzhen,but surface streets from Shenzhen to HK airport?