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Updated on Sep 18, 2018 Useful Info

How to get to China from Hong Kong by metro (which is the most popular way)

  • It's totally possible and quite popular for travelers to do short trips to mainland China from Hong Kong
  • However, you do need a visa. If you just want a quick taste of China then the best one is the 5-day Shenzhen Visa on Arrival, which lets you go to Shenzhen only and is quick and easy to get literally at the border. Shenzhen is one of the biggest cities in China and is worth checking out - the city is probably the biggest manufacturing and high tech hub in the whole world right now (though it's a very new city so not too much historical Chinese stuff, for that you'll need to get to Guangzhou, which is not covered by this 5-day visa on arrival)
  • If you want to see any other city (including Guangzhou), you'll need the regular Chinese visa that's more hassle, slow, and costly to apply ahead of time (you can't get the regular visa at the border). A lot of people get this visa in Hong Kong though, you don't need to do it in your home country
  • Logistics of getting to China is easy:
  • Hong Kong's metro system (called MTR) is by far the easiest and most popular way for locals and tourists alike to cross between China and Hong Kong
  • You just need to get to either Lo Wu station, or Lok Ma Chau station on the metro system on the East Rail Line. Here's the system map (link to map on official site):User submitted photo of Hong Kong S.A.R.
  • A trip from Tsim Sha Tsui station right in the middle of Hong Kong will take about 1 hour to either Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau and costs $43.5 HKD (around $6 USD) for cash fare and $2HKD cheaper for Octopus Card
  • At the stations, just follow the English signs for the customs and immigration booths at these border stations, make sure you fill out the entry card and stand in the lines for foreign passport holders
  • Get some Chinese RMB at the border as well. Budget around 200-400RMB in cash per day
  • After you've crossed the border to China, you can get on the Shenzhen metro system to get to anywhere in Shenzhen. These stations are attached to the border so you don't have to walk a lot. Unfortunately you can't use MTR's Octopus Card on Shenzhen metro. Map of Shenzhen MetroUser submitted photo of Hong Kong S.A.R.
  • If you go to Lo Wu station on MTR, the corresponding station on Shenzhen Metro is Luohu station
  • If you go to Lok Ma Chau station on MTR, then it's Futian Checkpoint station in Shenzhen
  • Use Google Maps ahead of time to figure out which station on Shenzhen Metro you want to get to for the major landmarks