Shenzhen

Travel Guide
Shenzhen
When you arrive in Shenzhen on the ferry from Hong Kong, it’s like stepping into a new world, with parks and beaches, bustling Eat Streets, nightlife and theme parks.

In Shenzhen, skyscrapers and hectic commercial districts stand in contrast to picturesque parks and scenic beaches and theme parks. Whether you stay in the city or head to the beaches on the Dapeng Peninsula, you’ll see hordes of Chinese holidaymakers but few Western families. This is partly due to the relatively high crime rate in this metropolis on the southeast coast of China. However, the experienced traveller can still have a good time at Shenzhen’s many attractions by hiring a guide or taking a taxi to get around safely.

Until the 1970s, Shenzhen was a rural fishing village called Baoan County. It became Shenzhen in 1980 and, ever since it was declared a “Special Economic Zone”, millions of business people and migrants have settled here. Despite the rapid growth, plenty of green pockets remain. These spaces include Fairy Lake Botanical Garden and Lianhua Mountain Park.

Stop at Dongmen Pedestrian Street, with its lively markets and malls to shop for anything from tailored suits to comic books. Have a pot of tea with dim sum at a traditional teahouse or visit one of the city’s many “Eat Streets” to try the pork soup and dried bean curd of the local keija cuisine.

See representations of Niagara Falls, the Egyptian pyramids and other marvels at the Window of the World miniature park. Discover China’s history and culture at Splendid China and China Folk Culture Villages or at Minsk World. Ride the roller coasters and water slides at Happy Valley.

To see the area’s natural attractions, visit Mangrove National Park, where you can spot rare birds, or lay on the golden sands of Dameisha and Xiaomeisha beaches.

Shenzhen has its own airport and can also be reached by land and sea, though you may need a special visa to get in. From Shenzhen’s Shekou terminal you can take a ferry to Zhuhai, Macau and neighboring Hong Kong.

Where to stay in Shenzhen

Avant-Garde Hotel
Avant-Garde Hotel
4 out of 5
1069 Baoyuan Road, Baoan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, 518102
The price is HK$416 per night from 17 Jul to 18 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Shenzhen. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants and a nightclub. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (105 reviews)
"Good service, all you would expect of a hotel of this class. A couple of things didnt work in the room, but were fixed immediately"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2020

Avant-Garde Hotel
Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai
Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai
5 out of 5
1177 Wanghai Rd, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, 518067
The price is HK$795 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Shenzhen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the property condition ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (758 reviews)
Gorgeous Shenzhen Staycation
"We’ll be back again to enjoy the super comfy room, the gorgeous balcony, the lovely bathtub and the luxurious room service. The staff are all very friendly too. If you stay in the Nanhai Wing, be sure to venture over to the pool at the main building for lounging."

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2021

Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai
Andaz Shenzhen Bay
Andaz Shenzhen Bay
4.5 out of 5
2600, Keyuan South Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, 518052
The price is HK$2,225 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Shenzhen. Enjoy free WiFi, an indoor pool and breakfast. Popular attractions Hong Kong Wetland Park and Shenzhen Bay Sports ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (5 reviews)
"Love the design of the hotel"

Reviewed on 26 Dec 2021

Andaz Shenzhen Bay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Somerset Grandview Shenzhen
Somerset Grandview Shenzhen
4 out of 5
No.5 Xinsha Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, 518048
The price is HK$846 per night from 1 Jul to 2 Jul
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Shenzhen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (84 reviews)
happy with the stay but won’t be coming back.
"It’s an ok stay but not as high of a price/quality ratio as the service apartment I usually stay at. In fact same quality but Somerset is 50%more expensive. So I won’t be staying here again."

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2020

Somerset Grandview Shenzhen
Ascott Raffles City Shenzhen
Ascott Raffles City Shenzhen
4.5 out of 5
No 22 Dengliang Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, 518054
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Shenzhen. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the spacious rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (19 reviews)
Staycation with Friends
"Myself, my partner and 2 friends spent the night here as a staycation to treat ourselves, hang out and unwind. We had a great a time in the 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment. The unit it well clean and equipped with most things you could need. The kitchen is especially well equipped with various glasses, ..."

Reviewed on 7 Dec 2021

Ascott Raffles City Shenzhen
The Oct Harbour, Shenzhen - Marriott Executive Apartments
The Oct Harbour, Shenzhen - Marriott Executive Apartments
4.5 out of 5
No 8 East Baishi Road, The OCT Harbour, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, 518053
The price is HK$1,312 per night from 1 Jul to 2 Jul
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Shenzhen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the family amenities ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (73 reviews)
"The room facilitates are old. Although we booked a harbour view room with an additional of HK$200, we can't see the harbour. The room was not very clean, especially the windows were dirty. The swimming pool was small. The hotel is definitely overpriced. The hotel staff was impolite. The service was ..."

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2019

The Oct Harbour, Shenzhen - Marriott Executive Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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