I have been receiving inquiries regarding my trip to China: how to get there, hotel accommodations, what to do and what to see.Most of the queries prefer starting the trip from Hongkong. So, I am posting a few tips how to get to China from Hongkong. The mode of transportation will depend on what place of China will you be going. Most first time goers to Hongkong will try going to Shenzhen City, the border city nearest to Hongkong. Anyway, am posting some tips on how to get to the three cities of Shenzhen, Macau and Shanghai from Hongkong.
What to See: Window of the World, Chinese Folk Culture Village, Splendid China, Shenzhen Cultural Center
How To Get There From Hongkong: fast ferries, train (East Tsim Sha Tsui station to the Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau border). The Lo Wu station is the one that stops nearest to the Window of the World.
Chinese Visa is needed for this trip so if you decide to get to Shenzhen, plan it in advance. You may coordinate with the local agent in Hongkong or ask assistance from your hotel. Some hotels offer group visa for group tours to Shenzhen which is easier to get.
How To Get There From Hongkong: fast ferries from Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon or Shun Tak in Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island. Passengers should be at the terminal at least 30 minutes before departure.
No visa needed if you’re staying less than 30 days.
What to see: Some of the places to see are the hotel casinos (recently popular is Venetian Macau), Senado Square, Ruins of St. Paul, The Cathedral, Macau Tower, Citadel of Sao Paulo do Monte (Monte Fort), Leal Senado, Fort of Mong Ha, Macau Grand Prix Museum and a whole lot more.
How to Get Around: City guides and rental cars are available in ferry terminals, hotels and other tourist sites. It is much easier to hire a city guide and/or rental car to get around Macau compared to Hongkong where getting around is much easier using MRT (subway) and the buses.
How To Get There From Hongkong: Plane, train
From the airport, get a taxi going to Shanghai downtown. It will take about an hour getting there or you can take the MagLev train right from the airport (it will take 8 minutes). MagLev train costs at CY (Chinese Yuan)50 but for those who can show their plane tickets, it is at CY40.
What to see: The Bund, Pudong Business District, Nanjing, People’s Park, People’s Square, Shanghai Science & Technology Museum, Jin Mao Tower, Orient Pearl Tower, Xintiandi, Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Museum, Shanghai Grand Theatre, St. Ignatius Cathedral
How to Get Around: Getting around Shanghai is easier due to their extensive subway with a minimum fare of CY3.00.
Visa is needed for the trip. Based on our experience, Chinese visa going to Shanghai took us about 2-3 weeks to get.
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