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Staying in Hong Kong but want to visit Shenzen

Old Mar 4th, 2014, 06:23 PM
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Staying in Hong Kong but want to visit Shenzen

Hi, we've been told we can catch a train to Shenzen to go shopping and that you can get a visa locally at the train station. Is this true? Also is it better to use CNY rather than HKD in Shenzen?

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Old Mar 4th, 2014, 07:24 PM
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You can catch the MTR to Lo Wu and then walk over the border. Short-term visas limited to the immediate area only are available at the border to citizens of most developed nations but there are some restrictions for some nationalities, which come and go. Waits to cross the border and to obtain these visas can be long.

Once through, you're swimming with the sharks, and if you do want to get any shopping done you should get well clear of the markets at the border. Pickpocketing and other petty crime is rife, as is all sorts of cheating by merchants. While prices are appealing to canny residents of Hong Kong who know exactly what they pay at home, they are actually higher than just about anywhere else in China. Shenzhen itself is hideous, has no historical sights but only a few tawdry propaganda-laden theme parks, and overall this is not an experience particularly to recommend. It is in no way a meaningful sample of mainland China.

If you nevertheless insist on going, and wish to do so much shopping that the cost of your visa is less than the difference between Hong Kong prices and Shenzhen prices, you'll need Chinese yuan, easily available from bank machines (ATMs) so long as you've informed your bank/card issuer before leaving home that you'll be using a machine in China. Individual withdrawals are often limited to ¥2500, and sometimes less, although multiple withdrawals are usually possible. Check the cost of using the machine with your bank, and remember to add that to the overall costs you need to recoup, too.
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Old Mar 4th, 2014, 09:56 PM
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HKD cant not be used in shenzhen, we use CNY
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Old Mar 5th, 2014, 01:50 AM
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China visa, for one entry or multiples, cost USA passport holders US$140, and takes 3/4 days. And if you have never had a China visa before you can only expect a single entry visa, from HK China Consulate. For a single day of mindless trinket shopping in Shenzhen, it's a great bargain.
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Re the Chinese Visa - Good for the Chinese! Perhaps now people from the USA or Europe will know how much pain the rest of the world goes through when applying for visas to visit the respective countries (continent) mentioned.
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Old Mar 5th, 2014, 07:17 AM
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It really pays to read what has been said.

Unless there have been recent changes, five-day visas which limit travel to the Shenzhen SEZ are available over the counter at the border for around ¥170 for nationals of most developed nations (about three times as much for Britons, and with some other variations). With the exception of a hiccup during the Olympics this has been true for over a decade. It still needs including in calculations about the financial benefits versus the hassles of shopping in Shenzhen, but $140 it is not. It is less than $28.
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US nationals have NOT been issued Shenzhen-only visa at border for many years. But there's some reports that US nationals have been able to get one since Jan 2014. But for the same US$140/¥900 as a regular US visa.

Here's one of the unconfirmed source:

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/22398778-post6.html
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Old Mar 5th, 2014, 06:03 PM
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If someone knows for sure that a US national can get a Shenzhen-only visa at the HK/Shenzhen border for less than that amount CURRENTLY, please provide source. I would much appreciate it, as I can use it myself.
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Old Mar 6th, 2014, 06:50 AM
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The regulations change frequently, with fluctuations in prices, Britons also at times being unable to buy visas, and sometimes the service being suspended altogether. It is not to be assumed that everyone asking questions here or reading the information provided is a US citizen.
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Hmm, temppeternh. I thought the mainlanders were known locally, in HK, as 'locusts', not sharks as you imply. Ah, perhaps they become locusts as soon as they arrive in HK. Good to know.
Are u a brit?
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