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Shenzhen

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Travelling overland from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, China is quite direct and without much hassle. The best way to travel overland between these 2 cities is through the Hong Kong MTR with a final stop at Lo Wu station. From Lo Wu, after the Hong Kong Immigration checkpoint clearance, you are required to obtain the visa-on-arrival which permits visa holder for a stay within Shenzhen for up to 5 days. This visa facility is only applicable if you do not travel beyond Shenzhen and would exit Shenzhen within 5 days from the date of visa issuance. From Lo Wu in Hong Kong, after stamped out from Hong Kong immigration, you need to walk to the Luohu Port (Luohu Immigration) which is where your passport is stamped by Chinese immigration officer for entry into Shenzhen. Before reaching Luohu Immigration, if you do not have a Chinese visa in advance, you need to proceed to the Luohu Visa office on the 1st floor to apply for the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Visa with a visa fee of RMB 168. It requires completion of simple 1 page application card, proceed to obtain a queue number, wait for the queue number to be called upon, have your passport and the completed visa application card submitted as well as instant photo taken by the visa office, wait again for the queue number being called for payment and finally, collect your passport once it is ready. Still, with the visa sticked on your passport, you are still required to filled in the arrival and departure card at the edge of the immigration hall before lining up in queue to have your passport stamped in to Luohu, Shenzhen. Once the immigration procedure is cleared, the hassle free way to get to Shenzhen city is by hopping into the Shenzhen Metro. As I have booked my accommodation in Laojie where the commercial and shopping heaven of Shenzhen, the Dongmen Pedestrian Street is located, I get on the subway train from the Luohu Metro station to Laojie Metro station which costs RMB 2 for single journey. The Shenzhen Metro Luohu Station is located on the ground floor after exiting from the Luohu Port. As I only have limited time to spend in Shenzhen and arriving late in the afternoon from Hong Kong, most of the day was confined to shopping at Dongmen Pedestrian Street, which has several shopping malls and shops catered to shoppers with any level of budget. There were also lots of street foods stalls available and as you shopped, you can sample some of these street food which can be quite an experience for travellers like me. Most of the items sold in Dongmen Pedestrian Street were shoes, handbags, ladies accessories, electronic gadgets, handphones and related accessories, consumer goods and many more suitable for each and everyone. From Luohu Metro station, I took a ride to the Shopping Park Metro station, in which one of the largest shopping mall in Shenzhen, Coco Park was located. Some of the best experience over at Coco Park is the Bar Street where beer bars cum restaurants are located and a massive open concourse area where shoppers and visitors could take a walk and enjoy the atmosphere in particular during night time. The major supermarket at Coco Park is Aeon, a Japanese establishment with great number of consumer goods could be found here.

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Travelling on HK MTR to Lo Su station to get to Luohu, a gateway to Shenzhen, China

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Arriving at MTR Lo Wu station and heading to Hong Kong Lo Wu Immigration for overland crossing to Luohu, Shenzhen

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The Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Visa Office at Luohu Port, Shenzhen

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The Luohu Port, Shenzhen

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The Shenzhen Metro Luohu Station

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Sun On Hotel at Laojie with Dongmen Pedestrian Street right in front of its doorstep

SOME OF THE SCENES AT DONGMEN PEDESTRIAN STREET, SHENZHEN

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Street food at Dongmen Pedestrian Street, Shenzhen

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The night scene outside Coco Park mall in Shenzhen city

Posted by kidd27 23:52 Archived in China

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