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Sheung Shui Station platforms (上水火車站月台), New Territories
Hong Kong

Sheung Shui Station is the penultimate northbound station on the East Rail Line in Hong Kong. This station serves as the terminus of northbound trains after the Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau boundary crossings have closed. Passengers wishing not to enter the Boundary Area illegally by proceeding to Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau without a Closed Area Permit, valid passport and visa, or without the intention of crossing over to Shenzhen must disembark here. This station is located in the North District, New Territories, Hong Kong, serving the Sheung Shui area and its vicinity.

上水火車站是中港邊界禁區前最後一個站,過了此站便是禁區範圍的羅湖站和落馬洲站,到達上述兩車站,乘客如無有效禁區簽證,不能離開車站範圍,只能過境深圳或折回頭。

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Uploaded: 26/09/2012
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