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Four-meter wide Chung Ying street links Hong Kong to Shenzhen in Luo Ho in just a few hundred easy steps. Huanguang, Dongmen & Bagua food markets in the city centre are a vibrant introduction to the succulent tastes of China’s mainland. Fancy a night out? Then you are sure to find yourself in Shekou district at some stage dancing the night away in one of the city’s many nightclubs while the city’s balmy weather means it is possible virtually all year-round to head out in shorts and T-shirt. Beyond the city proper, the special economic zone hosts the Overseas Chinese Town where its four massive theme parks are also the venue for a series of international festivals celebrating music, beer, food and dance at various times of the year. Shenzhen is also renowned for the 'Silicon Valley of China', it serves a massive supply chain of electronics that stretches across the country. When visiting the Huaqiangbei market, you can find a massive collection from PCs to circuit boards and figure out how your next gadget will get made.
One of the most cosmopolitan cities in China will impress you with delicious cuisine, shopping and clubbing, as well as stunning vistas across Hong Kong. Shenzhen is large and sprawling while the metro system is simple, efficient and accessible to most of the venues on your tick-off list.
Shenzhen is a food lover’s paradise. From mouth-numbingly hot Sichuan hot pots to the northeast’s blend of dumplings and roast duck and from the eastern board’s seafood delicacies to Hunan’s own take on the potential for spice. Whether you are on the busy Fenghuang or Huanggang roads or strolling down the vibrant Nan’ao shui tou and Huaqiangbei street markets, you’ll be led by your nose, eyes and maybe even your ears to what you fancy. Try the Shajing Oyster or maybe the Nan’ao abalone to get a feel for what the locals go for. And of course, with Hong Kong and Guangzhou in proximity too, you’re never too far away from delicious dim sum.
Tea rather than coffee has been the traditional drink of choice for the Chinese but coffee is now widely available. Those who have the money and the inclination will happily while away half-a-day in their favorite coffee shop or tea house. For those of you coming from Europe, you will also be pleasantly surprised to find that the vast majority of Chinese cafés providing free WiFi.
There’s a fairly big wave of Hong Kong revellers making their way to Shenzhen at the weekends these days, pulled in by the wilder, local nightlife scene. Clubs cover all music bases and genres with party goers particularly drawn to Sea World Square in Shekou district with its mix of ex-pat style bars and clubs. Another draw is Bar St at Citic City Plaza (CCP), particularly popular with Shenzhen’s youth.
Shenzhen has a lot to offer when it comes to shopping. There are several mega shopping malls offering everything when it comes to fashion, electronics and food while you may not take the marked price as read. Haggling can get you as much as two-thirds off. Because of the relatively cheap shopping, Hong Kong people pour across the border every day.
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