Aug 12

Border Crossings from Hong Kong to Shenzhen China

Visitors to Shenzhen from Hong Kong enter Lo Wu border station

Visitors to Shenzhen from Hong Kong enter Lo Wu border station


There are two major border points through which most travelers to Mainland China and Hong Kong cross the border. These are:

  • Lo Wu/Luohu station (Hong Kong and China names respectively for the same place)
  • Lok Ma Chau/Huanggang (Hong Kong and China names respectively for the same place).


On the Hong Kong side one is on the North End of the New Territories region and on the China side one is in the bustling city of Shenzhen: China’s capital of fashion, shopping and production.


Assuming one has the visa in order or the visa application if getting one at the border, (see if the possibility exists based on your citizenship). The crossing runs smoothly and is easily navigable with signs in various languages.


The Lo Wu/Luohu Crossing station


Lo Wu is connected directly to the East Rail line on the Hong Kong MTR, making it a smooth ride into Hong Kong Central and beyond. On the Shenzhen side the bus station and metro is right across the border so one can move around this city no problem. This border is not open 24 hours a day and that can be the only real inconvenience. Hours are from 06:30 till 24:00.


The Lok Ma Chau/Huanggang crossing point


Is served as well by East rail line MTR trains on the Hong Kong side and Connected to buses and the Shenzhen Metro line 4 on the China side. This border crossing is open 24 hours and since it is for vehicles as well, most buses running from Shenzhen to Hong Kong central and airport utilize this crossing. When crossing in a shuttle van doors are simply slid open for a quick visual inspection while documents are verified. These are two of five crossings between Hong Kong and mainland China but they are by far the most popular, expedient and well served by public transit. Tourists can expect around 40 minutes for the whole immigration process to transpire outside of peak times.


Crossing between Guangzhou and Hong Kong in train


There is a direct train which does not stop at the Shenzhen border, Immigration is done at the departing station. It runs between Guangzhou East station to Hung Hom station in Hong Kong. It is a two hour journey overall. There is said to be a high speed train plan in the works in a few years that will connect Guangzhou South directly to downtown Kowloon which would be a forty minute ride total.


For being one of the world’s busiest and more fascinating borders, getting through is quite an efficient and pleasant experience.




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  1. Rhestee L. Resurreccion

    I am travelling to Shenzhen China to attend a training in Huawei HQ on September 13, 2015 from Riyadh KSA via HongKong to Shenzhen .
    I am returning to HongKong on September 26 and stay up to September 29 and come back in Riyadh KSA on September 29 afternoon.
    I am holding a Philippines Passport, I am a Filipino, my question is there is any problem or I need to provide some document If wish to stay for 4 days
    in HongKong before my flight back to Riyadh KSA?

    Thanks a Lot.

    1. voyageur

      Hi Rhestee,

      Everything we have read online indicates Philippines Passport holders can stay visa free in Hong Kong up to 14 days. You may wish to confirm with your consulate or upon arrival to be sure as these policies can change.

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  2. Len Gonzales

    We plan on travelling to Hong Kong again and this time will do a side trip to Windows of the World in Shenzhen, located at the Overseas Chinese town, Nanshan District.

    We are holding Philippine passports. Do we need to secure visa ahead of time? or can we just to there and get a Visa at the point of entry?

    1. voyageur

      Hi Len,

      from what we can read online you will need to apply for a Chinese visa in the Philippines. Of course it is always a good idea to call the consulate and confirm if and what kind of visa you will need for the trip. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

  3. baqir huaaain

    hi ..i want to go shenzhen to hongkong i have Pakistani passport tell me about visa for on arrivel or not…


    1. voyageur


      Hong Kong requires Pakistani nationals to get a visa from the nearest Chinese diplomatic and consular mission.
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  4. Imran Younis

    Hi there,

    I am Pakistani Passport holder and have secured a 90 days china mainland visa. I am traveling from Dubai and I would like to go through Hong Kong Border. My question is; If it is allowed to get hong kong visa on arrival and cross through the border with Pakistani passport?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. voyageur

      From everything we have read online you ned a Hong Kong Visa prior to arrival there. It would be best to contact the consulate closest to you to verify the information.

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  5. stefanus

    Hi there,

    I am planning to travel to china (Shenzhen & Guangzhou) via HK and i heard that it is not possible for us to get back to HK directly from Guangzhou unless if we travel to shenzhen first.. is this true or can we travel back by ferry straight to HK?

    thank you for your attention, hope to hear from you soon

    1. voyageur

      Hi Stefanus,

      We have not made that particular journey but from all we can see online there does not seem to be a pre-requisite to transfer in Shenzhen. It seems the immigration takes place at the ferry terminal itself. Also you may wish to contact TurboJet one of the companies running the shuttle to get their confirmation.

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    2. JayShort

      Don’t know if you still need this information or not. But I live in Guangzhou and travel directly to Hong Kong regularly. I take the train direct from Guangzhou East station to Hung Hom station in Hong Kong, there is no need to get out of the train at Shenzhen.
      The train from GZ east to HK takes around 2 hours. There is also a high speed train from GZ south to SZ north which takes only around 30 minutes, If you wanted to cross from SZ north to HK you can simply take the metro to the border then cross on foot.

      In a few years there will be a high speed train from GZ south direct to downtown kowloon which should only take a bit more than 30-40 minutes.

      Hope my information can help someone.


      1. voyageur

        Thanks Jay for sharing this information. We always love it when travelers can help other travelers be informed. We will work the information you shared into the article. If you have any photos of the journey you regularly take we’d love to post them in the article and attribute them to you to help give travelers a visual. Thanks for your helpfulness!

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  6. Yuyu

    Hi There,

    I am currently holding the New Zealand passport and will need to travel to Shenzhen for less than 5 days via Hongkong. Please advise if I can apply the visa on arrival on Lo Wu border and what will be the visa fee. Thank you.


    1. voyageur

      Hi Yuyu,

      We have not personally attempted this VOA scenario, but the travel China guide confirms your scenario. https://www.travelchinaguide.com/embassy/visa/service.htm We would just call and confirm this with your nearest Chinese consulate in New Zealand, we have found the travel China guide site to be very accurate in our trips to China.

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  7. Brandon Chan

    A backpack couple (one Singaporean, another Malaysian) travelling from Shenzhen to HKIA to catch a 2pm flight on a Saturday.
    Can you advise whether there is sufficient time to reach HKIA if we leave our hotel from Shenzhen at 9am, taking Shenzhen metro to the customs, clear both sides of the immigration and then take the East Rail to Sheung Shui, and onward to HKIA via A43 bus – all under 3 hours? What is the crowd like for the immigration on a Sat morning?

    Thank you.

    1. voyageur

      Hi Brandon,

      The crowd size really varies all dates and times, but to be honest we have never found the immigration to be that long, perhaps between 20-40 minutes maximum in our passages. With that in mind you can calculate your time of transit. We would probably add on another hour to be safe. We will appreciate if you follow us in Facebook and in Twitter

  8. Matt S


    I was offered an ESL teaching job and my Placement Educational Company said they bring teachers into Shenzhen border via Hong Kong with the visa on arrival process. As long as I have proper documentation, does this sound correct? I’m from the US. Thank u

    1. voyageur

      It sounds good, however we would confirm that with the nearest Embassy that you can call just to be certain.

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