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Shenzhen
Travel Guide

Shenzhen which includes a city

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.

Where to stay in Shenzhen

Aloft Dongguan Dynamic Town
Aloft Dongguan Dynamic Town
4 out of 5
Dynamic Town, Fenggang, Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is ¥5,824 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Longgang Dragon Park, Bao an Stadium, and Shenzhen Longgang Universiade Center. Universiade ...
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 Oct 14, 2019

Aloft Dongguan Dynamic Town
Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan
Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan
4.5 out of 5
Block A, SCC Building No 88 Haide Yi Rd, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is ¥17,073 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
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! (146 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 Mar 25, 2021

Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan
The St. Regis Shenzhen
The St. Regis Shenzhen
5 out of 5
No 5016 Shennan Road East, Luoho Distr., Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is ¥20,487 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
Located in Luohu, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shenzhen Grand Theater, Lizhi Park, and KK Mall. Shenzhen Museum and Shenzhen Concert Hall ...
4.4/5Excellent! (141 reviews)
"Simply the finest hotel in Shenzhen City! First class service in all departments! Tina Zhang butler services, outstanding! Unfortunately I lost the card of the wonderful young lady from the Ukraine who helped me get checked into my room, outstanding customer service! I hope the management will recognize ..."

Reviewed on Jan 7, 2020

The St. Regis 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.
Fraser Suites Shenzhen
Fraser Suites Shenzhen
5 out of 5
No.183 Zhenhua Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is ¥14,338 per night from Jun 30 to Jun 30
Located in Futian, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shenzhen Central Park and Huaqiangbei. Coco Park and Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (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 Dec 8, 2019

Fraser Suites 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
The price is ¥20,474 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Located in Nanshan, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Splendid China Folk Village and Happy Coast. Window of the World is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) ...
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
Ascott Raffles City Shenzhen
Ascott Raffles City Shenzhen
4.5 out of 5
No 22 Dengliang Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is ¥15,697 per night from Jul 14 to Jul 14
Located in Nanshan, this luxury aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Window of the World, Splendid China Folk Village, and Happy Valley. Shenzhen Safari Park ...
3.9/5Good! (18 reviews)
Great location and beautiful rooms!
"The Ascott is a great option while in Shenzhen. Its a service apartment, so it has a kitchen and washer/dryer unit, which makes longer stays much more comfortable. Its a modern hotel that is in good condition and anything that isn't to your satisfaction the front desk will help you with. They speak ..."

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2020

Ascott Raffles City 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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