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I am staying in /Hong Kong in September. Cant decide whether to take the train or fly?
Flying would be easy - once you have forced yourself through the crowds, get threatened by the hand luggage people into being frisked, crawled aboard the plane, do the same thing with the luggage carousel and best of all....it costs £264...
Train? Where do I get it? Do I have to get to Shenzen and the pick up a Guilin train. How do I do that? It takes eight smooth hours and then you alight. It costs....about ...£38.00
Train is the obvious way but how do I find my way to Shenzen station??
We've taken the flight before however be advised that if you fly Hong Kong - Guilin it will be considered an international flight.
You would be better off taking the train or ferry as we did - to Shenzhen and the flying out of Shenzhen to Guilin. Much cheaper as airlines within mainland China are also cheaper.
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Thats a good idea. Do you know how much it costs to get to Shenzen? Does Shenzen have a railway junction? What line does it use?
I was stunned at the airfare costs to Guilin?
We took a bus from Kowloon (just outside our hotel on Kowloon Park) and went directly to Shenzhen airport.
I believe the amount is around $120 HK$ and it takes around 3 hours. We took the 7:30 bus?
The flight from Shenzhen to Gulin was around $89.00? We booked there in China - I just checked.
I haven't taken the train from Shenzhen, so I can't comment about it. Agree with Homanded that it is cheaper to fly from Shenzhen, as I have also flown from there too. I've taken the bus from Mongkok. There are many pick-up stops, it depends on where you're staying.
Various stop locations with address and schedule (in Chinese): http://www.chinalink.hk/faq.html (use Google translate, if it doesn't make sense, let me know where you're staying as I can translate for you.
This one is from Hong kong Island (English): trans-island.com.hk/en/servi...
nd these go to Shenzen? Do we know if they stop near the railway station?
Do we you whether it is possible to do Hong Kong island - Shenzen - and then a train to Guilin?
IMHO the best way of traveling HK to Guilin is by rail. There are hi-speed trains from Shenzhen North station to Guilin North station taking approx. 3 hours and cost around USD 31 oneway. Tickets can be bought here : http://www.chinahighlights.com . To reach Shezhen North station, there are various options. One of them is by bus, see: trans-island.com.hk/en/servi... An other one is by metro. For instance, Hung Hong to Lok Ma Chau ( for Futian Port) takes 49 minutes and HKD 40. Then walk across the border, at busy times this can cost an hour or so, then take the Shenzhen metro line 4 from Futian Checkpoint to Shenzhen North Station. Expected travel time 20 minutes and 15 seconds ( sic!) and costing 4 Yuan. see http://www.szmc.net/page/en/fare.html
If you prefer to take the train, just take the MTR (subway) to Lo Wu station, go through the immigration, and take the Shenzhen Metro to Shenzhen North Station for the high speed rail to Guilin.
The Lo Wu answer seems the best. I can go through immigration and take the metro to Shenzen North station