How to get your IMMEDIATE Chinese Visa at Lo Wu Border? What are the best spots in Shenzhen to visit? We have you all covered in this article!
HOW TO GET THERE?
Single Entry Visa At Lo Wu Border
First, you will need a Chinese visa to get to Shenzhen, since it’s part of Mainland China. It’s actually very easy to get the visa if you are just planning to do a one-time visit. Simply take the East Rail Line (the light blue line) and travel all the way to Lo Wu. (Make sure the train goes to Lo Wu as the end station).
From Lo Wu, you will check out from Hong Kong immigration. You will then cross a bridge to Shenzhen. Pay attention to your left-hand side, at the end of the bridge you will see a sign saying ‘Port Visa’. Follow the sign and go up one floor by escalator.
There you can easily fill in a form, pay a certain amount of fee (Funnily it changes all the time, most Europeans 150RMB, British & Americans around 300 RMB, they don’t show it online, you will know when you get there, there’s a board listing right outside the office) <Check this website for the price as a reference>, and you will get your single entry visa IMMEDIATELY! The whole process takes around 15 minutes if there’s not a lot of people. Oh and remember to bring your Passport with you of course!
Mainland China uses RMB whilst Hong Kong uses HKD as currency, so you will have to change money. You will get the BEST DEAL getting your money changed at the currency store at Lo Wu. You will see quite a couple of currency shops after you have passed through Shenzhen immigration and when you get down from the escalator.
Transport within Shenzhen
After you passed Shenzhen immigration and arrived Shenzhen, you can get on the MTR there immediately! The MTR is very cheap there, one-way short distance mostly costs only 1-4 RMB, much cheaper than Hong Kong! There are also taxis around and all starts at 10RMB, super cheap!
Tips: Make sure you have 5 or 10 RMB Notes, they only accept these two value notes at the ticket vending machine! Or prepare yourself some 1 RMB coins.
You can also break your notes down at the customer service center at MTR station, but there is a long queue usually 🙁
Where to Go?
Lo Wu Commercial City
This is a knock-off paradise if the whole purpose of you going Shenzhen is to buy the famous cheap fake Prada and Rolex of good quality. There are also a bunch of cheap hair salons, massages and nail salons etc. Situated right at Lo Wu outside the Shenzhen immigration, this is the perfect spot if you just want to spend a beauty date with your girls with no travel effort!
Taking MTR Green Line from Lo Wu, just 2 stations and here you go! Within these very Chinese-looking architectures, there are tonnes of different shops in Lao Jie, selling mobile accessories, clothing, street food…. One thing in common among all these shops is that they are CHEAP!
Dongmending (東門町) is little street food mall that is like a must-go! They sell street food that you could hardly find anywhere else such as Giant Squid Bbq Stick, little Kebab Bun with hot grilled potatoes (very yummy sold by the shop on the ground floor), and even Insect sticks (including scorpion, lizard and cockroach) ! Even if you are not a foodie you should still check it out!
Huaqiang North Electronic Paradise
This is an Electronic Geek Paradise! You for sure can’t miss this if you are into all sorts of audio systems, phones, computers, and all that kind of stuff! Get your broken screen protector changed at just RMB10 and get a pretty phone case at RMB 20 at most! Change at Grand Theatre Station on the Green Line, take the Orange Line and get off at Huaqiang North station. Get out from whatever exit, this is a huge area with lots of electronic malls and streets for you to explore!
OCT Loft Creative Culture Park
Continue on the Green line of the MTR and get off at Qiaocheng East station. Get out from Exit A, walk along the road and very soon you will see the sign directing you to this OCT Loft!
Originally an Industrial zone, it has now been renovated into a huge creative park. You would discover buildings with various styles of graffiti, as well as different coffee shops, DIY craft shops, boutiques and little bars and restos here. Trust me, time would slow down once you entered this park, which is something you can’t experience in Hong Kong really.
Splendid China Folk Village
If you are a cultural person and you want to visit all the famous Chinese architectures, but you are tight on time or budget here, this is the place you should visit. With miniature replicas of China’s most remarkable landmarks reduced at a scale of 15:1, such as Great Wall, Forbidden City and Imperial Palace all packed in the 30-hectare village, this place is certainly a good way to explore the whole China in just one day. Ticket at 120 RMB and is available at the entrance. Also at Qiaocheng East Station, but get out from Exit A!
Happy Harbour (OCT BAY)
OCT Harbor is the newly developed Cultural, Eco, and Entertainment area. located in Shenzhen Bay. With a total area of 1.25 million square meters, it is the first international waterfront shopping complex, incorporating Chinese architecture into its design.
If you are seeking for some comfortable leisure, this is your spot. Every thing here is high-end looking, clean and pretty, with high-end restaurants, bars, mall, hotels, and a five-star IMAX cinema. I would strongly suggest to go at night, the place looks magical with all the dazzling light. And you would want to see the impressive light show there as well.
How to get there: Get off at Qiaocheng East station again, and take taxi from there would only costs you around 12 RMB. Or you can do a 10mins walk if you have internet with you.
Coco Park Bar Street
Coco Park Bar Street is the ‘Shenzhen LKF’ in town (though it is nothing like the Hong Kong LKF really lol but the drinks are hella cheap!). There are lots of open drinking bars as well as indoor ones. Packed with all the expats and young local Chinese youngsters, you should still go and check that out. You can go to the nearby Coco Park shopping complex first for food if you don’t want to be too drunk, they have some nice Western restaurants there.
How to get there: Take the Green Line and get off at GouWuGongYuan station, which lands you right at the shopping complex of Coco Park. Get out from the shopping mall, cross the road, the bar street is on Fuhua 3rd Road.