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Shenzhen
Travel Guide

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.

Top hotels in Shenzhen

Hyatt Place Shenzhen Dongmen
Hyatt Place Shenzhen Dongmen
4 out of 5
3018 Jianshe Road, Luo Hu District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is P3,461 per night from 28 Mar to 29 Mar

Located in Luohu, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of International Foreign Trade Center and Dongmen Pedestrian Street. Luohu Port and Huaqiangbei are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (627 reviews)
Worth the money

"Rooms and public areas are well maintained, clean and tidy. Location is just great. Right next to Dongmen shopping street and right above Laojie subway station. Areas that might need improvement are the futon and the mattress. The futon was a bit too heavy and the mattress not soft enough."…"

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2020

Hyatt Place Shenzhen Dongmen
Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai
Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai
5 out of 5
1177 Wanghai Rd, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is P5,755 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar

This family-friendly Shenzhen hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Sea World Culture and Art Center and Shekou Ferry Terminal. Shenzhen Bay ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (732 reviews)

"The people were very helpful. The hotel is clean and stylish. The buffet was fantastic."…"

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2020

Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai
The Ritz-Carlton, Shenzhen
The Ritz-Carlton, Shenzhen
5 out of 5
116 Fuhua San Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P8,185 per night from 26 Feb to 27 Feb

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! (303 reviews)
A bit disappointed

"Pretty good stay, but I honestly expected a bit more from this place. I went for my birthday, and while I didn’t expect anything out of the ordinary, I was a bit disappointed that this went unnoticed. Pros: Amazing pool, well-appointed room, gorgeous views Cons: Bar was unable to figure out how to ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 14, 2020

The Ritz-Carlton, 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.

Vacation Rentals in Shenzhen

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, Guangdong
The price is P9,028 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar

Located in Nanshan, this luxury aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Splendid China Folk Village, Window of the World, and Happy Coast. Shenzhen International ...

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 Aug 18, 2019

The Oct Harbour, Shenzhen - Marriott Executive Apartments
Fraser Place Shekou Shenzhen
Fraser Place Shekou Shenzhen
4.5 out of 5
No. 1033 Nanhai Road, Shekou, Nanshan, Shenzhen
The price is P4,200 per night from 27 Feb to 28 Feb

Located in Nanshan, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sea World and Shekou Ferry Terminal. Shenzhen University and Happy Coast are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (91 reviews)

"This is the third time staying at Fraser Place. I can’t say enough good things about the staff there. They are excellent! The accommodations are also very good. I will keep coming back for sure."…"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2020

Fraser Place Shekou Shenzhen
Capri by Fraser Shenzhen
Capri by Fraser Shenzhen
4 out of 5
No. 1015 Haijing Er Road, Yantian District, Shenzhen
The price is P2,736 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar

Situated on the boardwalk, this aparthotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of OCT East Water Park, Dameisha Beach, and Dongmen Pedestrian Street. Huaqiangbei and Luohu ...

4.2/5Excellent! (213 reviews)
Great balcony guest room with terrific seaview

"Excellent view but room cleanliness like window need to improve"…"

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2019

Capri by Fraser 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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