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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.

Sheraton Shenzhen Nanshan
Sheraton Shenzhen Nanshan
5 out of 5
The price is HK$893 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Located in Nanshan, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Shenzhen Safari Park, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Window of the World and Happy Coast. Coco Park ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (28 reviews)
"Nice place Not nice on the way between underground and hotel"

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2019

Sheraton Shenzhen Nanshan
JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen
JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen
5 out of 5
The price is HK$1,010 per night from 5 May to 6 May
Located in Futian, this luxury hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Splendid China Folk Village, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Window of the World and Happy Valley. Shenzhen ...
4.2/5Excellent! (313 reviews)
Very nice but does not deserve a 5 star rating.
"The rooms are lovely with excellent air conditioning and good bedding. The restaurant is not very nice . The service is good. The lobby needs work. Because the rooms and service are good I give it a good rating especially for the price."

Reviewed on 26 May 2020

JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen
Shenzhen Lido Hotel
Shenzhen Lido Hotel
3 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$352 per night from 17 Apr to 18 Apr
Located in Luohu, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of International Foreign Trade Center and Dongmen Pedestrian Street. Luohu Port and Huaqiangbei are also within ...
3.9/5Good! (134 reviews)
"We have a good stay here. Room is clean and nice facilities. Wifi connection is also good. Staffs are helpful and friendly. Some of them can understand English which is very helpful. Will consider to stay here again. Location also very strategic as it is close to eating outlets (halal restaurants), ..."

Reviewed on 19 Dec 2019

Shenzhen Lido Hotel
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.
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
The price is HK$1,429 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr
Located in Nanshan, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Splendid China Folk Village and Happy Coast. Window of the World is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) ...
4.4/5Excellent! (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
Fraser Suites Shenzhen
Fraser Suites Shenzhen
5 out of 5
The price is HK$999 per night from 6 May to 7 May
Located in Futian, this luxury aparthotel is steps away from Shenzhen Central Park and Huaqiangbei. Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center and Coco Park are ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (351 reviews)
Great hotel in Futian
"Really enjoyed the Fraser Suites Futian. I stayed on two separate occasions this past trip and moving forward I will continue to stay there on my Shenzhen business trips."

Reviewed on 8 Dec 2019

Fraser Suites Shenzhen
Ascott Raffles City Shenzhen
Ascott Raffles City Shenzhen
4.5 out of 5
The price is HK$1,094 per night from 30 Apr to 1 May
Located in Nanshan, this luxury aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Window of the World, Splendid China Folk Village and Happy Valley. Shenzhen Safari Park ...
3.9/5Good! (18 reviews)
Great location and beautiful rooms!
"The Ascott is a great option while in Shenzhen. Its a service apartment, so it has a kitchen and washer/dryer unit, which makes longer stays much more comfortable. Its a modern hotel that is in good condition and anything that isn't to your satisfaction the front desk will help you with. They speak ..."

Reviewed on 24 Jan 2020

Ascott Raffles City Shenzhen
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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Reviews of Shenzhen

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4 - Good 60%
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4/5 - Good

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17 Jan 2020

Typical chinese mega-city. Lots to do but sadly only had time for business

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Jan 2020

We like Shenzhen lots of food options and shopping but a very modern city, not so much history or charm

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Dec 2019

Large parks, including safari park, Meridian viewing centre worth visiting

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

10 Dec 2019

Shenzhen is now pretty expensive, but it is catching up on Hong Kong fast for shopping experience. The transportation is good and great value. The added security check in the Metro can be a pain in the rush hours.

4/5 - Good

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9 Dec 2019

Great viewing , good dinning , easy transport , , good shooping , overall great city,

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

18 Sep 2019

Busy city