Usually I do not recommend Changi Recommends (Pun intended.) for their Overseas WIFI Router Rental service because of their Fair Usage Policy (FUP) which is quite a deal breaker. I will rather touch down and buy local prepaid SIM or use Singtel DataRoam Saver Plan for places like China where I don’t have to worry about limit/VPN etc.
Recently, there is finally something from them that I can recommend. They are now running a promotion for single trip Travel Insurance to Thailand and Hong Kong underwritten by ACE Insurance. Free prepaid SIM card for Thailand or Hong Kong upon purchase.
Travel insurance costs SG$28 for Thailand and SG$36 for Hong Kong. Counting in SG$13 for Thailand prepaid SIM and SG$15 for Hong Kong prepaid SIM, it costs SG$15 and SG$21 respectively for travel insurance. Good deal eh? I have collected my Thailand prepaid SIM at Changi Recommends and will be using it on my Thailand trip!
One mode of transport I like other than plane is rail. So far I have been on KLIA Ekspres in Malaysia, Airport Express/MTR in Hong Kong, Intercity train from Hong Kong to Guang Zhou, Metro in Guang Zhou, HSR/Metro in Taiwan, NEX/Subway in Tokyo, Heathrow Express/Tube in London, Virgin Trains from London to Manchester and Milan Metro. So far more of modern rails or high speed rail and enjoyed them.
So on this recent trip to Hong Kong, I decided to venture into China for 1st time. 2 cities were considered: Shen Zhen and Guang Zhou which are both accessible by train.
Accessible by MTR.
Accessible by Intercity train. (2 hours approximately.)
Bigger city than Shen Zhen.
Ex colleagues are there.
So eventually decided on Guang Zhou. Here are some pictures and description on my rail journeys in Hong Kong and Guang Zhou.
Airport Express ticket. Return journey and 3 days of unlimited travel on MTR at HK$300. (HK$250 after HK$50 refund by returning ticket. HK$350 now for ticket after price adjustment. See this for more information.)
Airport Express platform directly accessible from Hong Kong International Airport concourse.
Airport Express luggage area.
Airport Express station Information.
Airport Express power socket. Good to see USB ports there.
Intercity Through Train to Guang Zhou at Hung Hom station. (Where stadium is.)
Intercity Through Train First Class tickets. Well, there is only First Class on this ride. HK$219 each way inclusive of booking fee. See this for more information.
Intercity Through Train Departure Hall Entrance.
Intercity Through Train Duty Free.
Intercity Through Train. Nice touch to have board to bridge gap between train and platform.
Intercity Through Train Cabin.
Intercity Through Train footrest and tray table.
Intercity Through Train magazines and tray table.
Intercity Through Train tray table set.
Intercity Through Train power socket.
Intercity Through Train Menu. Payment can be made by HK$ or RMB. Slightly cheaper in RMB.
Intercity Through Train Fried Ham Sandwich with Coffee.
Intercity Through Train Fried Ham Sandwich. Egg just the way I like.
On Intercity Through Train.
Guang Zhou East Station. Interchange for different type of trains including Guang Zhou Metro.
Before going on your trip, there are some important things to get.
So let’s talk about two things. Travel Insurance and Overseas Data.
For this trip to Hong Kong, I charged my airfare completely on Citibank PremierMiles Visa Signature Credit Card. Therefore I got my travel insurance for free. Most credit cards related to travel will offer that on condition that you charge your airfare to it in full. Coverage may not be comprehensive. But good enough.
Citibank PremierMiles Visa Signature Credit Card
As for overseas data, I usually buy local prepaid SIM card upon arrival. However, this time I decide to rely on data provided by Dorsett Mongkok via a smartphone that they provide for free. Is unlimited LTE data with no strings attached. As for China, I decide to pay for SingTel’s DataRoam Saver. (Daily) It is SG$25 for 1 day of unlimited LTE data with no strings attached as well.
Since I have been to Hong Kong a few times, so I thought why not do something different this time. Time to venture up north: China! After thinking about options, went with GuangZhou instead of Shenzhen as it is a bigger city.
After doing some research, I went ahead and booked transport. Booking is done on MTR’s website for their Intercity Through Train service. I am making this a day trip so I booked the earliest train and a train for return in late afternoon/evening. Journey will be 2 hours per trip and there is only 1 cabin class: First Class. Ticket is priced at HK$219 per trip inclusive of HK$9 handling fee. (Approximately SG$40.) Shall do a review on this next week.