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From Macau to Hong Kong onwards to Shenzhen, China

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A bird's eye view of the Hong Kong Metropolitan city from Victoria Peak

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The St Paul's ruins in Macau

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Dongmen Pedestrian Street in Laojie, Shenzhen

Travelling within the 3 countries, Macau, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and China cannot be compared with those of that within South East Asia. I had been travelling cross-border between Cambodia and Vietnam, Thailand and Laos, Cambodia-Vietnam-Laos-Thailand and Thailand-Cambodia over the last 7 years and these overland crossings can be much more challenging and exhausting but were much more fun and interesting. Due to the fact that Hong Kong and China are developed countries with the former under the control of China authority while Macau is fast catching up as a result of its close proximity to both countries, the transport system in these countries within East Asia is very much organised, efficient and convenient. Hong Kong already has the MTR system (subway) in existence for over 30 years since while China has started the subway system even much earlier, since 1969. Macau in contrast, though being a fast developing country has yet to has a subway system being constructed as of now but the public bus transport is just as efficient as those of that of the subway trains in China and Hong Kong. I first arrived in Macau International Airport, then hopped into the public bus at the terminal just in front of the airport exit door to get to the Macau Ferry Terminal. However, there was no direct bus to the ferry terminal from the airport as the next stop would be the Praca Ferreira Amaral stop, which is the 1st stop after crossing the bridge from Taipa (a reclaimed land where the airport was located). Praca Ferreira Amaral terminal is located in the Macau Peninsula, which is located on the north direction within the Macau state. The fare was MOP or HKD 4.20. (HKD is widely acceptable in Macau and the exchange rate between the 2 currencies is 1 to 1, so, do not be worry if you do not have any MOP with you). There are several bus lines that run from the Macau airport to Praca Ferreira Amaral terminal ie MT 1, MT 2, 11 and 50 X. From Praca Ferreira Terminal, I have to get down and hopped into another bus line 10 A to get to Terminal Maritomo or Macau Ferry Terminal.

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A route map inside the bus from Macau International Airport to Praca Ferreira Amaral terminal and change of bus to Terminal Maritomo (Macau Ferry Terminal)

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The TurboJET ticket counter at Macau Ferry Terminal with destination to Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon's China Ferry Terminal

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TurboJET ferry ticket from Macau to Kowloon

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The interior of Macau Ferry Terminal

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The interior of the TurboJET ferry

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The interior of China Ferry Terminal, which is a multi-storey building at Canton Road

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Walking from China Ferry Terminal to the pedestrian tunnel connecting to MTR Austin and Jordan station

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The pedestrian tunnel at Canton Road with direction to MTR Austin and Jordan

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MTR Jordan Station

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From MTR Jordan to Prince Edward station

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Hong Kong jumbo cup noodle for dinner upon checking into accomodation at Prince Edward area

One of the ferry service companies that runs between Hong Kong-Macau-Hong Kong is the TurboJET company. TurboJET ferry is a notable red fleet owned by New World First Ferry and it sails from 2 ports, Hong Kong (Sheung Wan in Hong Kong island) to Macau Ferry Terminal and vice versa and from China Ferry Terminal in Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon to Macau Ferry Terminal and vice-versa. Depending on the travel day, the fare is between HKD 150 to HKD 185 for economy class. The journey takes about an hour. I purchased the ferry ticket to China Ferry Terminal from Macau Ferry Terminal as I thought it would be nearer to reach the place I stay in Prince Edward. Later, I found out that it would still be convenient to get to Hong Kong in Sheung Wan and hop into the MTR Sheung Wan station with interchange at Central station to get to Prince Edward. The nearest MTR station from China Ferry Terminal is the Austin station. There is a subway pedestrian tunnel getting out from China Ferry Terminal which leads to the MTR Austin station.

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A breathtaking view of Hong Kong city from Victoria Peak, Hong Kong Island

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From Victoria Peak With Love

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The Tram that gets up and down to and from Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

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The Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong Island

From Hong Kong to Shenzhen, China, there is the Hong Kong MTR (subway) line from the Hung Hom station to Lo Wu station (light blue line) and the cost of ticket is less than HKD 40 for a single journey. Depending on where you get on the train, there are several interchanges to get on the subway train within the Hung Hom-Lo Wu light blue line including, from the red line Prince Edward station, Mong Kok station and Yau Ma Tei station with change of train at Kowloon Tong station to get into the train to Lo Wu. Another option is to get on the train from East Tsim Sha Tsui station and head to Hung Hom station.

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At the MTR Hung Hom Station to Lu Wu Station to get overland to Shenzhen, China

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The MTR train to Lo Wu station for overland crossing to Shenzhen from Hong Kong

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Arriving at MTR Lo Wu station to get to Shenzhen, China from Hong Kong

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To the Hong Kong Lo Wu Immigration Checkpoint after exiting the train from MTR Lo Wu Station to head overland to Shenzhen, China

In Shenzhen, China you can get the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Visa, which is a 5 days visa-on-arrival facility which allows visa holder to stay within Shenzhen for 5 days. Arriving at the Lo Wu MTR station, I had my passport stamped out of Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Immigration checkpoint within the Lo Wu MTR station and walk out after immigration clearance towards the Shenzhen Immigration checkpoint. Before the Shenzhen Immigration checkpoint, there is an escalator on the left (not front left but side left) to get to the SEZ visa office. Outside the office, I had to filled up a small and simple visa application form. After completed the from, get a number at the ticket machine on the right of the entrance and wait for the number being called upon. Passport together with the application form would be submitted to the immigration officer over the counter for visa processing purpose and photo would be taken on the spot. Then, wait for the number being called again for payment. The fee charged was RMB 168. After payment, wait for number being called for passport collection. The whole Shenzhen SEZ Visa application was almost hassle free minus the crowd. From here, get down again to head to the Shenzhen Immigration checkpoint and filled up the arrival and departure from before proceed to have the passport stamped into China. Here I was in Shenzhen China. From China, the Shenzhen Metro (subway) allows the travel to several interesting tourist spot conveniently as well as shopping malls. I stayed at the Sun On Hotel in Laojie, which is strategically located just within walking distance from Shenzhen Metro Laojie Station where the shopping heaven of Dongmen Pedestrian Street is located. Here at Dongmen Pedestrian Street, you can all you want at very affordable and inexpensive items as well as sampling some of the best street food in Shenzhen. There are also various shopping malls within short walking distance within the street. You can also go to Shopping Park Station from Laojie Station where various other big malls are located including the Coco Park Shenzhen.

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The Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Visa Office in Luohu, Shenzhen

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Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Visa application card @ Luohu Immigration Checkpoint, Shenzhen

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Inside the Luohu Visa Office @ Luohu Immigration Checkpoint, Shenzhen

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To the Shenzhen Metro station after Luohu Immigration checkpoint clearance

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The interior of the Shenzhen Metro Luohu station

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The route map at Shenzhen Metro Luohu station

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The entrance door to the subway train at Shenzhen Metro Luohu station

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Parts of Dongmen Pedestrian Street in Laojie, Shenzhen

Posted by kidd27 01:12 Archived in China

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