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Border Crossing: Hong Kong to China

 

Today, I travelled to Shenzhen to pick up my cousin who is flying in from Amsterdam to start work at IBM China. I thought it would be fun to document the journey and the different forms of transportation I have taken to reach the airport in Shenzhen. It took approx 2 ½ hours to travel from my apartment at Jardine’s Lookout to the airport in Shenzhen if the following transportations are taken:

  • 10 minutes mini bus ride (16 seaters) from Jardine’s Lookout to Causeway Bay
  • Around 15-20 minutes ride on the cross tunnel double decker (78 seats + 112 standing capacity) to travel from the Hong Kong Island to Hung Hom MTR station on the Kowloon side of HK
  • 40 minutes train ride to Shueng Shui MTR station (last station before reaching border crossing into Mainland China)–> took a quick 5 minutes pee break here
  • Around 5 minutes train ride from Sheung Shui MTR station to Lok Ma Chau China immigration crossing
  • Around 35 minutes car ride in a private car to the airport

Double decker bus to cross the tunnel between the HK island and Kowloon side of HK that is separated by water--I thought it would be more fun snapping the picture of a double decker that says "private" on it, since this is public transportation

The government needs to do a better job at relieving massive traffic congestion at harbour tunnel crossing, it really is time consuming, especially during rush hour

Boarding the train at Hung Hom MTR station where the last stop will be for passengers to cross into China

Chuckled a little bit at the sign, I wouldn't exactly use the words "no trespassing", it's more like "not allowed on the tracks"

I admit I am a bit high maintenance at times, it's a 40 min train ride, so 1st class compartment for me

pee break at Sheung Shui MTR station, last stop before the train hits China border crossing--this is a very busy station and passengers are usually carrying trolleys and carts stacked with goods for both private and commercial use

Passengers at Sheung Shui MTR station can choose to cross the border into China either via the Lo Wu Check Point or the Lok Ma Chau Check Point

I chose the Lok Ma Chau train because it's only one tenth as busy as the Lo Wu station which can have over 5 to 6 million people crossing each day during holidays or long weekends

Instead of passengers, carts, and trolleys zigzagging past you and long queues at Lo Wu border crossing, Lok Ma Chau is my option

After slapping my Octopus card to pay for the train ride, I am officially in China

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