Shenzhen

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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.

Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhen
Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhen
4 out of 5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$626 per night from 29 Nov to 29 Nov
Located in Futian, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center, Coco Park and Huaqiangbei. Splendid China Folk Village ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (470 reviews)
"So much better than the last time I stayed at a Sheraton some 10 years ago. Will surely return to it next time. The Chinese restaurant in this hotel has fantastic service and food. After eating there, my family doesn't want to eat anywhere else in the city. We ended up dining there every day throughout ..."

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2020

Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhen
The Westin Shenzhen Nanshan
The Westin Shenzhen Nanshan
5 out of 5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$951 per night from 29 Nov to 29 Nov
Located in Nanshan, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Happy Valley, Window of the World and Splendid China Folk Village. Shenzhen University and Coco ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (176 reviews)
Great Staycation Spot
"I will definitely come back to the Westin for another staycation. The pool is huge and beautiful, and it gets a great amount of afternoon sun. The location is great, too - I love that it’s connected to the Holiday Plaza mall. The staff were so friendly and they spoke English at the front desk and ..."

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2021

The Westin Shenzhen Nanshan
Boke Boutique Hotel Shenzhen Longgang
Boke Boutique Hotel Shenzhen Longgang
3 out of 5
Located in Longgang, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Longgang Hakka Museum, Shenzhen Hakka Museum and Crane Lake Fortified Hakka Village and Hakka Culture ...
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Boke Boutique Hotel Shenzhen Longgang
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Somerset Grandview Shenzhen
Somerset Grandview Shenzhen
4 out of 5
The price is HK$915 per night from 30 Nov to 30 Nov
Located in Futian, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Shenzhen Golf Club, Coco Park and Happy Coast. Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center and Shenzhen ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (82 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
The Oct Harbour, Shenzhen - Marriott Executive Apartments
The Oct Harbour, Shenzhen - Marriott Executive Apartments
4.5 out of 5
The price is HK$1,403 per night from 1 Dec to 1 Dec
Located in Nanshan, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Splendid China Folk Village and Happy Coast. Mangrove Seashore Ecological Park and Shenzhen ...
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
Fraser Suites Shenzhen
Fraser Suites Shenzhen
5 out of 5
The price is HK$1,266 per night from 13 Dec to 13 Dec
Located in Futian, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Huaqiangbei and Shenzhen Central Park. SEG Electronics and Shenzhen Lianhuashan Park ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (352 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
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