Shenzhen is a large city with 6 million people between Hong Kong and Guangzhou. It became China’s first Special Economic Zone (SEZ). SEZ’s were founded by the Chinese central government and have more liberal economic laws than elswhere in China. Shenzhen’s port is one the largest in China.
Lo Wu & Luohu border
The main railway station of Shenzhen is located in the district Luohu. Luohu District borders Lo Wu. Lo Wu is an area in the North District of Hong Kong.
Train to Hong Kong
Lo Wu is the main port of entry between Hong Kong and Shenzhen: 85% of the people go through the land border control points of Lo Wu. It operates daily from 6.30 in the morning to midnight (00.00). From Hung Hom railway station in Kowloon Hong Kong to Lo Wu are several trains per hour. I guess the opposite way will be the same. Train tickets are sold in the ticket office on the square.
The airport is 32 km west of Shenzhen. International flights to the US and Asia. From Shenzhen airport are 6 ferry services directly to Hong Kong International Airport. Departure times are between 8.30 – 18.30 from the Fuyong Pier. Take the free bus from the arrival hall to the Fuyong pier. Ten airport bus lines and several city buses are running between Shenzhen airport and Shenzhen downtown and Shekou. Near the arrival hall of Shenzhen airport are also buses running to Hong Kong between 10.00-21.00. Travel time for the bus to Hong Kong is 75 minutes and the fare is 90 Yuan. A taxi from the airport to downtown Shenzhen is about 100-150 yuan.
If you leave the Lo Wu train station walk 250 meter straight ahead on the square. The official taxi stand is in the basement of the square near the ticket office. Don’t go with people near the door who claim to be taxi driver. Red taxis can go anywhere, green taxis are restricted to outside the SEZ and yellow ones are restricted to the SEZ.
A major attraction is theme park Window of the World. In the park are miniatures of famous buildings in the world. The Eiffeltower in Window of the World is more than 100 meter tall!
Shekou is the largest port within the Shenzhen SEZ and 20 km away from Shenzhen downtown. Fast jetcats depart daily between 8.00 and 21.30 to the Macau ferry pier in Central and the China ferry terminal in Kowloon. Fare is 110 Yuan for the jetcat. Ferries to Zhuhai are sailing between 7.30-18.30. Fare is 70 Yuan. There is also a daily boat to Haikou on Hainan Island (18 hours journey/140-450 Yuan/16.00 departure)
The bus trip from Shenzhen to central Hong Kong takes about 1,5 hours with departures throughout the day. Buses to Hong Kong and Guangzhou depart from the bus station near the Lo Wu train station. Near the arrival hall of Shenzhen airport are also buses running to Hong Kong between 10.00-21.00.
Shenzhen is famous for it’s trade shows, fairs and exhibitions worldwide. Every month there are a couple of exhibitions and fairs scheduled. Website is www.szcec.com. Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center is a huge building located in the downtown area. Metro line 1 and 4 have a stop at the center. Some hotels locate around Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center: The Ritz-Carlton, the Marco Polo, Sheraton Hotel, Golden Central Hotel and Grand Holiday Hotel.