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Shenzhen checkpoints border

Shenzhen has 10 checkpoints in total, composed of eight land ports and two sea ports. The five most well-known land ports are:

  • Shatoujiao,
  • Luohu (open 06:30 - 00:00)              This one is most popular, in Luohu district, so a bit to the east.
  • HuangGang (open 24 hours per day)  Often used to travel to HKIA, also quite busy
  • Futian (open 06:30 - 22:30)              Less well known
  • Shenzhen Bay (open 06:30 - 23:30)   New crossing at the end of the long bridge in Shekou, good option instead of the ferry

And the two sea ports:

  • Shekou (see article about Shenzhen Ferry )
  • Fuyong passenger terminals.

If you need to cross the border between Hong Kong and Shenzhen after midnight, you only have one option: the 24-hours border crossing at HuangGang custom. 

Hong Kong
Subway Shenzhen
HongKong MTR
 Luohu  Lo Wu 06:30 - 00:00 Shenzhen Line 1 (06:30 - 23:00), station LuoHu,  extends to Shenzhen Airport in 2011 MTR East Rail Line last stop (Lo Wu)
connects to KowLoon (about 42 minutes / ~33HK$)
Shenzhen Rail Station, many busses / taxis
 HuangGang  Lok Ma Chau 24 hours
Busses & cars to Hong Kong Airport
 Futian  Lok Ma Chau 06:30 - 22:30 Shenzhen Line 4 (06:30 - 23:00), station Futian Custom,
 exchange to line 1 at Exhibition Center
MTR East Rail Line to Lok Ma Chau station (from Hung Hom) ?
 Shenzhen Bay
 Shenzhen Wan 06:30 - 23:30  - -
Cars to Hong Kong Airport

There is some confusion about the names HuangGang and the Cantonese name Lok Ma Chau.
  • Lok Ma Chau will normally mean the HuangGang/Lok Ma Chau 24-hours border crossing. But it's also the name of the MTR railway station at the border crossing with Futian custom!
  • HuangGuang will normally mean the same 24-hours border crossing, but it also used to refer to the last station of Shenzhen's line 2 subway at the Futian border crossing. Note that this has been changed into Futian Custom subway stop, so it makes more sense now.

The new Futian Checkpoint border crossing, less well-known than HuangGang or LuoHu. Many locals use this one to buy stuff in Hong Kong.

HuangGang border, as seen from the Shenzhen side. The footbridge is a restricted area and inside the building are the queues for the passport checks. Where we are standing are many bus-stops and is also a taxi-stand. Here you can also buy tickets for luxury cars that drive you (and your luggage) directly to Hong Kong Airport. On the other side, after the passport check, you can immediately find many busses to Hong Kong. When you get in the bus, you will only drive a few minutes and then you need to get off, to go to the Hong Kong side of the passport checks.

Shenzhen and Hong Kong have decided to build a new checkpoint to link Liantang in Luohu with Heung Yuen Wai in Hong Kong’s New Territories. The 9.6-billion-yuan (US$1.4 billion) checkpoint will be ready by 2018 and designed to enable vehicles from other cities to cross the border without entering downtown Shenzhen. According to preliminary estimates, the checkpoint will handle 28,000 container trailers a day.

Luohu Checkpoint is the busiest checkpoint with Hong Kong. Huanggang checkpoint in Futian District is the next most used crossing. Huanggang custom was put into service Dec. 26, 1989, and now Asia’s largest land port, it was put into service for the sole use of vehicles. It opened to foot traffic Aug. 8, 1991. It became China’s first checkpoint to offer around-the-clock cross-border service for passengers Jan. 27, 2003. It now normally takes 10 seconds for a vehicle to pass through the automatic clearance system.

source : SzDaily


Inside Futian Checkpoint building, very modern

After you take the escalators up, you can see the queues for the passport checks

Outside are several bus-stops and you can see the characteristic arch of Futian checkpoint in the background.



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