Immediately across Hong Kong’s northern border is Shēnzhèn, China’s wealthiest city and a ‘Special Economic Zone’ (SEZ). The city draws a mix of businessmen, investors and illegal migrant workers to its golden gates, all of them trying to find a place in China’s economic miracle. Though commercially successful, Shēnzhèn isn’t a pleasant city and the extreme imbalance of wealth and poverty lends an air of desperation. The crime rate is high and visitors should be wary of walking alone after dark. Most travellers give the place a wide berth, but it is a useful transportation hub if you’re coming from Hong Kong.
At the time of research, visas for US citizens were not available at the Luóhú border crossing.
Shēnzhèn destination guides
Hike and Bike China
Discover a different side to fascinating China as we hike and bike our way across this vast country
Shenzhen Sightseeing and Shopping Tour from Hong Kong
Discover the vibrant city of Shenzhen on your full-day trip from Hong Kong. Visit the enchanting Shenzhen Fairy Lake Botanical Garden, see the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors and go on a shopping extravaganza at the silk product factory outlet and the Lo Wu Commercial Shopping Mall.