Passports and passes:
Although Chinese tourists require a
special 'frontier pass' to enter Shenzhen, non Chinese do not. When
you enter the Special Economic Zone (SEZ) by bus
however, the local police and customs officers will board to check
passports and frontier passes.
If you travel through the zone by taxi,
you have to get out of your vehicle at the border and walk through
customs, picking up your taxi on the other side again.
You may be
asked to show your passport here and all this bureaucratism is rather
Visitors are permitted to stay in
Shenzhen for 72 hours without a Chinese Visa. You are not however,
allowed to travel elsewhere in the country and must stay within the
Shenzhen operates a dual currency system.
Hong Kong dollars and Chinese RMB can be used to pay for things, but
only RMB is usually given as change.
Most hotels change money and
there is a money exchange bureau at the Hong Kong border in the train