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Introducing Shēnzhèn

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.

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