The Window of the World is a microcosm of the world’s most famous landmarks. You can visit more than a 100 models including the Eiffel Tower, the pyramids, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat in only one afternoon. A wide range of festivals are celebrated throughout the year like beer festival in summer and dance festival in winter.
This theme park with a scale map of China’s most famous landmarks covers 30 hectare. Xian’s terracotta army, Sichuan’s Leshan Buddha and of course the Great Wall are all here. It may give you a few more ideas beyond the classic Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven of a China tour.
The China Folk Culture Village is a part of Splendid China, which features 56 ethnic groups in China. Naxi Village from Yunnan and Uyghur Village from Mongolia are recreated by more than 500 performers depicting their lives, costumes, customs, songs and languages.
A Disney-style water wonderland with thrilling rides and other water-related activities. There are nine themed areas including Typhoon Bay, Spanish Square, Sunshine Beach, Playa Maya Water Park and Happy Times. A range of signature festival events such as Merry Spring Festival and International Magic Festival are also innovated here.
Dameisha Beach is an exceptional beach with warm water virtually all year round. You can also enjoy a spectacular panoramic views of encircling mountains and Hong Kong from a distance. During summer time, it’s a desirable place to enjoy swimming, horse riding, parasailing and other kinds of water sports.
This 250 metres long, 4 meters wide street is certainly one of the more interesting ways to cross from Hong Kong to Shekou town in Shenzhen. One side of the street literally belongs to Hong Kong, and the other to Mainland China. If you are interested in understanding the story behind, Chung Ying Street Historical Museum is here for you depicting its history.
He Xiangning Art Museum was named after a highly appreciated female painter. The central government constructed the art gallery to represent the traditions and culture of the Chinese people. The museum holds regular exhibitions displaying artworks of various contemporary art.
The 600-year-old fortress located at approximately 90 minutes from Shenzhen center, which retains much of its original characters including a walled military village and forts for protecting residents from pirates. In 2007, it was classified as intangible cultural heritage.
OCT Harbour is becoming a desirable destination for leisure, dining, and shopping. It consists of modern exhibitions, art gallery, shopping mall, aquarium, open air theater, the IMAX cinema, restaurants and a man-madebeach. You can enjoy varied entertainments and the breathtaking view of skylines of Shenzhen with family.
This authentic temple is situated in Xianhu Botanical Park, about 20 minute cab ride from central Shenzhen. Would you like to understand more about its history, the old Zen living place and Great Buddha statue? Feel free to visit the library and museum, as well as different prayer spots.
Shenzhen Mangrove is a seaside park, which offers a ideal bird sanctuary and habitat for migratory birds in the East Asia-Australasia Flyway. The park is a popular spot among local people for enjoying the sea view, chatting and playing card over the weekends,
The Dream Aquarium brings you the beauty of lush freshwater. You can observe cruising whales and swimming sharks in a deep sea diving area, a great variety of corals and jellyfish in Coral reef 3D theater, as well as other marine animals in Sea lion theater and an Ecological classroom.
The vibrant food markets will introduce you to the spectacular and incredibly tasty snack. Noisy, scent-laden and colorful, your best bet might be observing the locals and following suit. While some of the food like chicken feet will undoubtedly be out of your comfort zone, the more adventurous you are, the more you will enjoy. A foodie's delight!
A wide range of cuisines make Dan Gui Xuan a desirable pause during a trip. You will be served with traditional dim sum from shrimp dumplings to siu mai with interesting variations. Authentic Chinese cuisine including marinated herb chicken, sweet and sour pork and Beijing Duck with crisp skin will also delight your journey.
You will be served with delicious Korean BBQ meal with high quality beef, special sauce, as well as ginseng chicken soup, doenjang jjigae and kimchi seafood pancake. The huge portions of food will probably amaze you and the menu in multiple languages makes ordering easier.
Situated on the top floor of the hotel, the restaurant Grange Grill offers amazing panorama view over the city. Indulge in the finest imported steaks and freshest seafood which are prepared by the skilled chefs in the magnificent show kitchen. Your meal is superbly complemented by the cellar master’s selection of finest champagne and wines.
Tucked behind the Taizi hotel, George & Dragon British Pub is your good old British pub with an interesting selection of food including the Shepherds pie and chili cheese dog, as well as draft beers. The hearty portions are served while you can enjoy them in relaxed environment.
Set in a stylish yet casual setting, the restaurant 1881 serves Northern Chinese and Sichuan specialties including Beijing duck and shrimp in “Kong Bao style”. You will find this cosy and vibrant restaurant on the ground floor inside Grand Hyatt Hotel. There is also a wide selection of Chinese wine on the menu.
Claimed to be one of the best hotpot restaurants in Shenzhen, it serves a wide range of fresh food including beef, fish, crab and loads of veggie options. This restaurant chain is renowned for excellent service such as performing Chinese dance and providing covers for all your belongings to protect from splashes.
Located in two most popular entertainment squares of Shenzhen, the Shark presents a wide range of fresh imported seafood, prime steak and other meat dishes. The menu also features more than 100 different selections of wines, from twelve different countries, hand-picked by international sommeliers.
Shenzhen was quickly on radar of Starbucks. The first store opened in October 2002, but now more than 25 are dotted around the city at many of the bigger malls and tourist attractions. This Starbucks is not different from other Starbucks, which also provides clean seating and free WiFi.
Costa Coffee is located inside ShenZhen COCO Park. Here you can enjoy ice-mocha, fragrant coffee, cakes as well as diverse drinks variants. Frequently, it innovates a wide range of cakes such as raspberry earl grey cake and chicken roll with avocado and asparagus which deserves a try.
This cafe invites you to stay for enjoying sandwiches, salads, baked goods, as well as creme brûlée. They provide a wide range of dessert and drinks such as latte and chocolate croissant which deserves a try. Not to forget, this is an ideal place to spend time with friends and family.
Serving American and delicious Thai food, the bar is a relatively new addition to Shekou’s thronging mass of clubs. Has a large balcony overlooking Sea World Square from which you can enjoy different styles of songs in different sets including jazz and country music during weekdays and rock music during weekends.
The Snake Pit is a great hangout where you can enjoy a great variety of food and drinks including grazing, burgers, tex-mex, cocktails & shots, beer and juice. This is actually the longest established expatriate bar in China, founded in Shekou 1987, which also raises donations by holding charity events to help local orphanages, schools and various other charities.
Located inside The Ritz-Carlton Shenzhen, Curve is the perfect escape for refreshing drinks, light snacks or a relaxing nightcap with live jazz music in a sleek and modern atmosphere. The drink menu features a wide selection of cocktails including many of The Ritz-Carlton signature Martinis and Champagne cocktails.
Another Club Viva but this one is located in Sea World, Shekou. The club has three floors where you can either dance, try new cocktails and snacks or play dart, pool or table football. There is also an elegant rooftop where you can enjoy a fresh drink and admire the beautiful view over the sea. The atmosphere is cool and vibrant.
With an unusual location, you will find this sport bar inside Minghua Ship in Sea World. Every Monday to Saturday live music is played and sporting events are shown on the big screen TV. The bar offers full menu of delicious steaks, chicken, pork, sea food, sandwiches, burgers and much more.
Huaqiang Bei is a heaven for electronics enthusiast as it is renowned for the largest electronics market in China with 70 million square meters of business area. Here you can visit 20 shopping malls selling countless products including PC’s, laptops, GPS, cables, tools, electronic parts and all types of gadgets with attractive prices.
Hundreds of painters are creating wonderful artwork while you may obtain a custom work with reasonable price. The vast variety of styles and techniques used by the artists is amazing. If you plan to give character and a splash color to your home, this is your desirable destination to get cheap framed paintings.
Claimed to be the largest book mall in China with over 3 million books in residence. This is an entire book city for books of a vast variety of topics covering religion, science, education and technology in different languages. Book City also houses multiple restaurants and cafes where you can recharge yourself after shopping.
This huge 7000 square meters shopping and leisure destination is located in downtown Nanshan District. The mall has three separate multi floor buildings with retail shops selling good quality products, famous brands of women’s and men’s fashion, children stores, beauty care, gifts shops, lifestyle and electronics. In addition, Coastal City offers over 30 eating options of Western and Asian styles.
Another mega shopping mall in Shenzhen which is conveniently located across the road from Window of the World. Regardless you are looking for famous international high fashion brands or wallet friendly fashion stores, you come to the right place. There is also an open ice skating rink, as well as a gourmet supermarket.
A five-day Shenzhen-only visa can be bought by cash at the Luohu border, Shekou and Huangang. All you need to do is provide a valid passport and visa fee (¥168 for most nationalities and ¥469 for British citizens, as of mid 2018), fill out the application form and provide a passport photo (which can also be taken there for a small fee). For US citizens, it is required to buy a visa in advance in Hong Kong or Macau. For information on general visas to China, contact your local consulate.
The best time to visit Shenzhen is during autumn, from September to November, because this is when the weather and average temperatures are at their most pleasant. A series of celebrations and events are held each year in October. It is suggested to make reservations well before your trip to Shenzhen as the area is particularly busy during that period.
Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport is located about 35 km from downtown on the east bank of the estuary of Zhujiang River. There are several shuttle bus lines available, running between the airport and the downtown area. The hotline of the Shuttle Bus is 0755-27519861 or 0751-27519862. There is also the Airport Express bus which takes approximately 35 minutes to arrive in the city center at Hualian Dasha. Taxi station is located the eastern side of the 2nd floor of Ground Transportation Center (GTC). The taxis in Shenzhen are divided into green, red and electric taxis; the red and electric taxis operates within the whole city while the green taxis are only allowed to operate outside the Special Economic Zone.
Metro The Shenzhen Metro is modern, well-organized and cheap. Virtually all the major tourist destinations like Window on the World are covered by the metro. You can simply buy tickets via touchscreen ticket machines (Chinese and English) at the station. Most of the stations open at 06:30, and close at 23:00. Shenzhen’s metro fares vary depending on length of journey. Bus With nearly 500 bus lines and close to 10000 buses, Shenzhen has a well developed city bus system. There are presently 3 large city bus companies in the city. They are the Shenzhen Bus Group Co., the City West Bus Company, and the City East Bus Company. The public buses normally has a ticket officer on the bus and the officer will come around to collect ticket fees. Transit passes Transit passes are available in metro stations and are suitable for all transportation services except taxis. Minibus and bus fares cost from ¥2 to ¥10.
Taxis come in three denominations: red, green and yellow. Red taxis can go anywhere. Green taxis are only allowed outside the SEZ and yellow taxis only within the Shenzhen. Flag fall for taxis costs ¥12.50 (¥16 from 11pm to 6am), with a ¥4 fuel surcharge and ¥2.40 for every additional kilometre. Make sure the driver starts the meter.
It is advisable to visit pharmacy with a Chinese speaker or have your symptoms written in Chinese as it is not guaranteed that the shopkeeper can speak English. Shenzhen Accordance Pharmacy is a 24-hour pharmacy chain in Shenzhen. Tel: 0755 2587 5330 Most other pharmacies open from early in the morning to late evening. Futian District: 1. Badeng sub branch 031 Address: Number 3 Building, 30 Honglingnan Road, Futian District Tel: 0755 8224 4524 2. Fuxing sub branch 025 Address: : Ground floor, Fuhai Building, Fuxing Road, Futian District Tel: 0755 8360 2717 Luohu District: 1. Caopu sub branch 100 Address: : 2048 Jindaotian Road, Luohu District Tel: 0755 2567 1329 2. Fenghuang sub branch 412 Address: : 182 Fenghuang Road, Luohu District Tel: 0755 2554 5418