Welcome to Shenzhen! If this is your first time to Shenzhen then let me fill you in about the province, about how to get here and things to do!If you’re an avid shopper then you will surely have heard of Luohu Commercial City. A shoppers haven! But be warned, there is many people here that will take advantage of you and try to sell you bad quality items. But there are also many great people within the building who are here to help and to satisfy your shopping needs! People like this do give the area a bad name but with a few simple hints and tips you will be buying the best quality items very soon, and like all of my customers (see my comments section) will come back to buy from people like myself and my wide connection of suppliers throughout the region.
The building and it’s people…
Luohu Commercial City mall is five stories high! You will find a wide range of goods such as handbags, clothes, shoes, audio-visual products, souvenirs etc. There are also places to get a massage, a manicure and pedicure or grab a bite to eat at a number of restaurants and shops that offer these services – Yes there is even a Mc’Donalds down stairs if you prefer a Big Mac!
The mall itself is very popular with Hong Kong locals who come to buy low priced goods to take back home and enjoy, along withb many overseas travellers who pack their suitcases with recent purchases. Not everyone can visit Shenzhen so I now offer a service where we can send goods to you, with a guarantee and FAST SHIPPING. More on my services in the SERVICES page of my site.
There is now a high speed train that operates between Hong Kong and Shenzhen. The train ride is under 20 minutes. You will need to board the train at the West Kowloon Railway Station in HONG KONG and coming back to HK via the Shenzhen North Railway Station. There are 80 pairs of trains running between Hong Kong and Shenzhen on weekdays, and 92 pairs of trains running on weekends, with the average interval time of about 15 minutes. The fastest trains take only 14 minutes from Hong Kong to Futian, the central business district of the city of Shenzhen.
- Distance: 39 kilometers (24 miles)
- Duration: 14 to 26 minutes
- Number of daily trains: 80 pairs (Monday to Thursday); 92 pairs (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
- Terminals: Futian Railway Station, Shenzhen North Railway Station, Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station
Getting to Shenzhen is so much easier now! Taking the old train was such a long journey. Now you can leave in the morning and be back by lunchtime with a swag full of goodies!”Dave Mitchell
Do I need a Visa?
Wondering if you need a Visa for Shenzhen??Well…. Yes and no. Confused? It can be! Let me help you out….. Shenzhen is a special economic zone and there are five-day visas available on the spot at the Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau border crossing (if you decide to come to Shenzhen via ferry, this option will not be available to you). These are only valid for the Shenzhen area.
These visas are only available to certain nationalities and this list seems to constantly change. US nationals absolutely cannot obtain a Shenzhen special economic zone visa. Most EU nationalities can obtain a visa, including the UK at this time, as can citizens of Australia and New Zealand, please check ahead before coming – just in case things change!
Unfortunately, you can no longer get a Chinese visa in Hong Kong and you’ll need to apply at the Chinese Embassy in your home country or at a specialist travel agent in Hong Kong.