Is Hong Kong part of China?
Yes, Hong Kong and China are one country. However, in practice and for all practical purposes they remain separate, meaning making a China Visa application in Hong Kong is easy if not simple.
Hong Kong and China have separate currencies, the Yuan for China and the Hong Kong Dollar, these are only usable in their respective territories. Most importantly, entry into Hong Kong doesn't win you entry into China. See below for information on China visa application in Hong Kong and entry onto the Chinese mainland. Hong Kong is referred to as a SAR (Special Administrative region), whereas China is referred to as the mainland. Find out more in our What Country is Hong Kong In? article.
Can I Get a Visa for China in Hong Kong?As there has been so much confusion regarding the issuing of Chinese visas in Hong Kong in the wake of the ban during the Chinese Olympics, we've created a dedicated Chinese Visa in Hong Kong page which is updated monthly Please check there for the most current information and information on how and where to get the visa. The short answer, however, is yes, you can get a Chinese visa in Hong Kong. Alternatively, if you just want a quick peek at China, some nationalities can get a Shenzhen visa, which is specific for that city.
- Can I Get a Chinese Visa in Hong Kong - Monthly Update
- Shenzhen Visa in Hong Kong
- Chinese Embassy Listings in the US
Can I travel straight to China from Hong Kong Airport?Yes, if you are transiting to a flight into China, then you won't have to pass through Hong Kong immigration. Dragon Air and China Air offer a selection of flights to most Chinese cities. You can also travel directly to Shekou in Shenzhen from the airport by bonded ferry, if you fly on selected airlines. This option requires you only to clear Chinese immigration in Hong Kong airport. However, you will need a Chinese visa in advance, as you cannot obtain one at Hong Kong airport. There is also a selection of buses at the airport that travel directly to various Southern Chinese cities, however they require you to pass though Hong Kong immigration first.
What is the most common way of travelling from Hong Kong to China?
Apart from the bonded ferries and flights mentioned above, the most common form of travel onto the mainland is by train. If you simply want a taste of China, you can actually take the MTR all the way to Shenzhen from Tsim Sha Tsui Station. Those going to Guangzhou can take advantage of a regular and quality train service. Trains leave hourly, take about 2 hours and cost roughly $25. A daily overnight train to Beijing and Shanghai, costing around $100 -$150 is available. All trains leave from Hung Hom KCR Station, and tickets can be bought at the station.
- Train between Hong Kong and Beijing
- Train between Hong Kong and Shanghai
- Train between Hong Kong and Guangzhou
- Transport to Shenzhen
Can I book hotels and transportation for China in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong travel agents are licensed to book hotels and onward transportation on the mainland - you'll find your hotel will probably offer this option also. A number of agents also have stores at the airport, however these are after immigration, so if you're transiting you won't be able to use them. The advantage of booking in Hong Kong is that it will be more straightforward than on the mainland , however the cost will be a premium.
What languages are spoken where?
Hong Kong speaks Cantonese, however the majority of speakers on the mainland use Mandarin, these languages are not interchangeable. Cantonese is also spoken in the southern parts of China, such as Guangdong and Shenzhen, however Mandarin is becoming increasingly popular. Mandarin is the Lingua Franca for the rest of the country.
- Basic Cantonese Phrases
- Basic Mandarin Phrases
Where can I get China destination Information?
Right here of course. Check out the links below for essential information on your destination.
- Train between Hong Kong and Guangzhou
- Top Five Hotels in Guangzhou
- Visitors Guide to the Canton Fair