New Shenzhen Bay Boat Tours Departing from the Shekou Cruise Center
02 Oct 2017
Shekou has a new attraction! Following in the footsteps of Hong Kong, Guangzhou and other cities around the world, Shenzhen now offers us a chance to enjoy scenic views of the city from the water. On September 29th, the new Shekou Cruise Center began operating boat tours of Shenzhen Bay on their ferry boats. The tour sets sail twice daily; once at 4pm and again at 7pm.
We attempted to make it on the maiden voyage; however, customer service told us that the first two days were already pre-booked and that the first chance for the public to enjoy Shekou's newest attraction was October 1st. So we did. Here's a look at what to expect.
Tickets cost ¥150 per person and include a soft drink, coffee, bottled water or juice, a small dessert tray with a cookie, cake and fruit and a seat on the ferry boat. Children six years old and above pay the regular adult price, those age 1-5 pay just ¥75; and those less than one year old are free.
On October 1st, only economy class tickets were available; however, passengers were allowed to sit in the first class area on the second level of the deck. There was no assigned seating and the first class seating filled up fast so I recommend going straight there when you board for a chance to enjoy a nicer seat.
The tour is advertised as lasting two hours. If you think this is a long time, you're right. In fact, my trip lasted just an hour and forty minutes and I was pretty glad it ended earlier than scheduled. Luckily there's free Wi-Fi on the boat to keep you occupied if you get a little bored. Just ask the attendants to give you the password. Here's a rough look at where the boat goes out to and how long it stopped at various points.
We took the 7 o'clock tour thinking that the nighttime views of the city lights would be the best experience; however, considering the distance we were at most of the time it may be nicer to take the 4 o'clock tour to catch a better view of the city.
Unlike Hong Kong and Guangzhou, there is currently just one operator; China Merchants, so currently tour options are limited. However, this does make buying tickets pretty easy and straight forward. Although you don't go through customs/immigration to board the ferry, you will need your passport number to book your ticket. You can do so on their app by scanning from WeChat the QR Code in the advertisement at the end of this article and following the on-screen instructions.
You can then pick up your tickets the same way you would for a regular trip on the ferry or you could arrive to the Shekou Cruise Center and buy tickets there. There were no signs specifically for this boat tour when we went and the tour embarked from the Zhuhai Ferry entrance.
The best way to get to the Shekou Cruise Center currently is by Taxi. Just show them this address 蛇口邮轮中心 (Pinyin: Shekou You Lun Zhong Xin). For other ways to get there, click here.
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