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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.

Aloft Dongguan Dynamic Town
Aloft Dongguan Dynamic Town
4 out of 5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$408 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Longgang Dragon Park, Bao an Stadium and Shenzhen Longgang Universiade Center. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (20 reviews)
"The hotel is very nice and clean. Value for money at this rate. The only let down is the breakfast. Limited choice and they don't replenish the food until asking them to do so. Service in the restaurant is non-existent."

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2019

Aloft Dongguan Dynamic Town
Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan
Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan
4.5 out of 5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$1,195 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in Nanshan, this luxury hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Coastal City, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Shenzhen University and Shenzhen Bay Park. Sea World and ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (148 reviews)
"Love this hotel, great location and design. Even basic room type has beautiful view. Definitely is my first choice if have business trip to Nanshan area."

Reviewed on 25 Mar 2021

Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan
The Ritz-Carlton, Shenzhen
The Ritz-Carlton, Shenzhen
5 out of 5
116 Fuhua San Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$1,301 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in Futian, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Coco Park and Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center. Shenzhen Lianhuashan Park and Splendid ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (306 reviews)
Exceptional service
"We are spending 3 nights every 2 months or so just to experience a level of service that is simply exceptional. Every member of staff from check in to the cleaner understands how to treat guests. We now stay in the Club area where the meals offered are good quality and nothing is too much for them. ..."

Reviewed on 12 Apr 2021

The Ritz-Carlton, Shenzhen
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