|Subject: Re: Re; Hong Kong/Japan|
It's actually very simple to go to Shenzen by train from HK
and most citizens can pick up
the visa at the border in Lowu. BUT - if you hold a British passport (for
some reason) you aren't allowed this priviledge. It is very easy to get,
however for both Brits going to Shenzen and anyone going to Guangzhou
at a number of China visa offices in one day (or pay $50 more for 4 hr
service) or through a travel agent (more expensive).
My vote would be Guangzhou - it is a much more interesting city than Shenzhen (the latter being mostly a place for cheap shopping for Hong Kongers). Guangzhou has some interesting older areas to walk around in (great market - interesting old shops), a lovely park/orchid garden with a tea house.
One important word of advice - get a Japan Rail pass before you leave your home country! If you are going to be in Japan for a week - it's a great saving.