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“Local Attraction but nothing amazing for foreigners”
Review of Shekou

Shekou
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$228.64*
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Guangzhou (Canton) China Day Trip from Hong Kong
Ranked #24 of 505 things to do in Shenzhen
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

A mix of Expat housing compound, "European" style pedestrian street, a boat on a dry land and a ferry harbor.

An unusual but relax feeling in this peninsula offering a ferry to Macau, Hong Kong central peer, Hong Kong Airport.

Prices are rather high and many Shenzhen locals are coming during the weekend to visit the place as it would be a taste of "Europe".

They renovated the Sea World area recently and offer a temporary exhibition for the visitors (during CNY 2014: light show and fireworks).

Metro/Tube / Underground is brand new, clean, starts at 06:30.
Ferry to HK during WE starts at 09:00. Last ferry from HK to Shekou is 20:30.

Please note that Sea World is not a place where you will see the sea, nor fishes, nor aquarium, only restaurants, bars and cafés.

5  Thank Suomi112
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

Catching a Ferry from Hong Kong International Airport to Shekou Port is a very convenient way to enter Shenzhen (China).

At the HKIA arrivals hall, there is no need to go through HK immigration, present your pre-paid ticket to the ferry company. They collect your luggage from the carousel and load onto the ferry.

About 30 mins before the ferry departure, you are transferred by automated people mover to the sky pier. Once boarded, the ferry takes around 30 mins to Shekou. Upon arrival, collect your luggage from the jetty and proceed to China immigration and Customs. The Foreigner channel generally clears in under 10 mins, much faster than the metro or vehicle crossings into Shenzhen.

When returning to HKIA from Shekou, most major airlines have check-in counters for luggage transfer on the same ferry for loading direct to your flight. Saves a lot of time.

The taxi rank is less than 100 metres from the ferry building, sometimes there is a wait if there is few in line. Don't be tempted by the fake/black taxis - always use official red or white/blue vehicles. Have your destination written in Mandarin as most drivers have little or no English. A taxi from Shekou to Dongmen or Luohu will cost around 85RMB (around AUD $15) and take around 45 mins.

There is a time saving of around one hour transiting by ferry from HKIA to Shekou and taxi to Dongmen than catching the metro from Hung Hom via HKIA or share limousine.

Ferry's can be caught at Shekou to Macau, Hong Kong Central pier and Zhuhai.

10  Thank PAC6017
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

This is a little town that is only a short bus journey across the Shenzhen Bay Bridge that links one part of Hong Kong to one part of China. Although it is a part of Shenzhen, it is not as busy. The main attraction in this little town is Sea World. Similar to Hong Kong, there is a metro transport system that passes through this town. Avoid staying in the town centre as it can be quite noisy on the streets and have disturbed sleep. Also, be aware of pick-pocketing and prostitutes during evenings and nights.

2  Thank hcw092011
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

I really enjoy Shekou but you cannot really call it China. If you stay in the Seaworld area there are a lot of western restaurants. You almost cannot tell you are in China. I had to go to the dentist in Shenzhen and took the subway. I got some weird looks. Especially the kids. It is almost as if they had never seen a white person. I thought it was really funny. There is not really much to do in Shekou for tourists. I work there. The people all seem really friendly. Some of the locals do not like the fact that I am dating a Chinese girl, one of them even threw a peanut at me. Other than that, I had no problems. I hear you need to watch your wallet at night. I never had a problem with that either.

3  Thank Rmarks77
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

Shopping electronics in Shekou is much easier than in Hua-Qiang Bei.
Peoples are friendly although Chinglish... Can be adjust...

Thank Gagakhelang
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