Shenzhen

Travel Guide
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.

Where to stay in Shenzhen

Courtyard by Marriott Shenzhen Bay
Courtyard by Marriott Shenzhen Bay
4 out of 5
No. 16 Keji South Road, Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, 518507
The price is S$140 per night from 1 Oct to 2 Oct
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Shenzhen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Shenzhenwan Science and Technology ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (25 reviews)
"Met our expectations - staff was friendly!"

Reviewed on 2 Jan,2022

Fraser Suites Shenzhen
Fraser Suites Shenzhen
5 out of 5
No.183 Zhenhua Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, 518031
The price is S$236 per night from 15 Oct to 16 Oct
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Shenzhen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (355 reviews)
Ok not what i come to expect from fraiser suite
"Check in man was incompetent an did not know the hotel system, took 40 minutes at 2 in the morning. Room ok but no toothbrushes or usual hygiene packs. Room comfortable but smelt of smoke, shower was blocked and did not drain so could only shower for less than 2 minutes"

Reviewed on 1 May,2022

Crowne Plaza Shenzhen Nanshan, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Shenzhen Nanshan, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
No 9819 Shennan Boulevard, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, 518054
The price is S$170 per night from 30 Sep to 1 Oct
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Shenzhen. Enjoy free WiFi, an indoor pool and 3 restaurants. Popular attractions Shenzhenwan Science and Technology ...
4/5 Very Good! (5 reviews)
Good business hotel
"A really nice business hotel in Nanshan, not so much a luxury hotel though. The service is good and the staff were very helpful. It is close to MIXC World shopping centre. Not much English was spoken and the room we had seemed a little small for executive level but it was in fine condition for our ..."

Reviewed on 9 Jan,2022

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.
Somerset Grandview Shenzhen
Somerset Grandview Shenzhen
4 out of 5
No.5 Xinsha Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, 518048
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Shenzhen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (84 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

Fraser Suites Shenzhen
Fraser Suites Shenzhen
5 out of 5
No.183 Zhenhua Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, 518031
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Shenzhen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (355 reviews)
Ok not what i come to expect from fraiser suite
"Check in man was incompetent an did not know the hotel system, took 40 minutes at 2 in the morning. Room ok but no toothbrushes or usual hygiene packs. Room comfortable but smelt of smoke, shower was blocked and did not drain so could only shower for less than 2 minutes"

Reviewed on 1 May,2022

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, 518053
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Shenzhen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the family amenities ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (74 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

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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