Yangshuo/Guilin to Hong-Kong
Replies: 15 - Last Post: May 7, 2012 8:49 PM Last Post By: saminchina
Jul 14, 2011 12:12 PM
We have most things sorted out but there's one problem - I can't figure out the easiest way to get from Yangshuo to Hong-Kong. I left a whole day for that trip in my itinerary. I assume you have to go through Guilin, but what then? Are there any direct trains? Buses?
I'll be grateful for any help :)
Jul 14, 2011 3:50 PM
1You can get trains from Guilin to Guangzhou and Shenzhen. It's then relatively easy to get into Hong Kong by public transport. Most prefer to take a bus direct from Yangshuo. The overnight sleeper buses give you a full day in Yangshuo and then arrive early enough in Shenzhen for you to get most of the next day in Hong Kong.
Jul 14, 2011 5:40 PM
2I never take overnight bus... can't stand them personally. If you want to do it overnight, train from Guilin to Shenzhen is better. From Shenzhen train station follow the signs and walk to the border (5 minutes) then mtr into HK. I often take the day bus from Yangshuo to Guangzhou (about 10.30am), then take the train from Guangzhou to Shenzhen, or HK direct. So all options involve either going to Guilin, Guangzhou or Shenzhen. If money is not an issue, you can fly from Guilin direct to HK or Shenzhen. It is all pretty easy, just depends on your preferences.
Jul 14, 2011 7:19 PM
3There are direct flights from Guilin to Hong Kong , China Southern airline or Hong Kong Express Airways. It costs about 1200 - 1500 RMB and takes a little more than an hour.
Jul 14, 2011 9:18 PM
4A good option is to fly to Shenzhen or Guangzhou, as it is much cheaper than flying direct to HK. Last Sunday I took an early (8:00AM) flight from Guilin to Shenzhen (about 725 RMB one way), then the metro from the airport to the customs/immigration check point (9 RMB), and then the MRT to Kowloon (33 RMB). I was in my hotel room in Kowloon by 1:00PM. Next time I'd probably take a bus rather than the metro (which has 28 stops, taking about 70 minutes, between the airport and border crossing). Flying into Guangzhou and taking a bus or train from there is another good option.
Also, if you are going to catch a flight directly from HK upon arrival, you can take a high speed ferry from near the Shenzhen airport (Fu Yong ferry terminal) direct to the HK International airport Skyport (I believe you have to have a departure ticket from HK on the day you take the airport ferry to buy your ferry ticket).
Jul 15, 2011 2:56 AM
5Thank you all for your help! Overnight bus from Yangshuo seems like the easiest option. Sleeper bus has bunk beds of sorts, do I understand it correctly? Where can you buy the tickets and how early do you have to buy them?
PangJun, that's for detailed info on flights and prices, that looks tempting as well, although more complicated. We've never been to China before and don't speak the language(s) so I'm a bit apprehensive. Hopefully we'll find our way around somehow :)
Jul 15, 2011 3:03 AM
Yes it has a kind of bunk bed - basically a box with a cushioned seat. They are quite small, so if you are even average height, you will find it cramp. The main problem with going to Yangshuo by sleeper bus now, is the early hour that the bus arrives.
You can get tickets at CTS in Hong Kong (small commission), or you should be able to get tickets on the day of travel at the bus station in Shenzhen. Make sure you go to the right bus station. Here is a map: http://www.yangers.com/Shenzhen_to_Yangshuo.htm
Have a guidebook with Chinese writing, and you should be fine.
Jul 15, 2011 4:19 AM
Jul 15, 2011 4:27 AM
8Sorry -misread. Yes, very easy to buy tickets in Yangshuo. Lots of agents sell them, but I would recommend going to the bus station and buying them yourself- that way you get an official printed ticket with your seat /berth number, rather than something scribbled on a piece of paper which you often get from the agents. I would get them on the day you arrive in Yangshuo to be sure that you can get tickets.
Note what others say about the comfort level - maybe if you are on honeymoon you would want something better?
Jul 15, 2011 4:56 AM
9Thanks for clarifying.
As for comfort, we'll have to think about it. Maybe it's more reasonable to go back to Guilin and take a train to Shenzhen from there. If I had my way it would be a backpacking honeymoon & we'd stay in hostels, haha. But my fiance insists on more luxurious trip and possibly rightly so :)
Jul 15, 2011 5:41 AM
10Try to get your train ticket before arriving Guilin, and even then you may find the train to Shenzhen's fully booked, forcing you to try for a train ticket to Guangzhou.
Remember that the expressway's now open on this route, so day travel by bus to Guangzhou isn't a bad option if you can't get train sleeper tickets.
The problem with night sleeper buses isn't just the discomfort en route, but they usually leave you feeling wrecked for the next day or two.
Jul 17, 2011 2:49 AM
11Elfinka - regarding your comment about not knowing the language and being a little apprehensive, I don't read/write or speak the language either (except maybe 4 or 5 words). The Chinese are mostly very warm and helpful and saying Ni Hao (hello) with a smile goes a long way. If in a situation where you need help just ask if anyone speaks English. Many do speak it a little but will not volunteer as they feel they do not speak it well enough. Also, enough English is available on signs in the major transportation facilities that it really isn't too hard to get around.
Jul 19, 2011 2:44 AM
Jan 17, 2012 8:25 AM
13This bus from yangshuo to guangzhou ,is it still running and you say 10.30 is that AM or PM how long does it take to get to guangzhou ,if the bus is AM what is the scenery like on the journey is it worth seeing, From Guilin to guangzhou by bus can one get day time buses with daylight so one can see the scenery. Is there day time trains from guilin to guangzhou, thanks for any help,
Jan 17, 2012 6:00 PM
14The train takes too long, the bus is okay as long as you are short. ;-) The trip takes 9 hours and has 4 brief rest stops on the way. You have to take your shoes off on boarding the bus. The bus drops you off right at the border (Lo Wu, on the Hong Kong side). from there you take the train into Hong kogn proper for about HKD$33.
I flew once, and that was excellent. It is a one hour trip, Guilin to Shenzhen, and the seats are quite cramped. You can get from the airport to Hong kong via ferry.
From Guangzhou, you can take a very comfortable train into Shenzhen or stright into Hong Kong. baout, ims, HKD$290. The trip takes, what, one and a half to two hours?
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