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.

Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhen
Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhen
4 out of 5
5 Guihua Road, Futian Free Trade Zone, Shenzhen, Guangdong
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is S$116 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Located in Futian, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center, Coco Park and Huaqiangbei. Splendid China Folk Village ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (470 reviews)
"So much better than the last time I stayed at a Sheraton some 10 years ago. Will surely return to it next time. The Chinese restaurant in this hotel has fantastic service and food. After eating there, my family doesn't want to eat anywhere else in the city. We ended up dining there every day throughout ..."

Reviewed on 6 Dec,2020

Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhen
Andaz Shenzhen Bay
Andaz Shenzhen Bay
4.5 out of 5
2600, Keyuan South Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is S$455 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb
Located in Nanshan, this luxury hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Happy Coast, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Window of the World and Coco Park. Shenzhen Convention ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (5 reviews)
"Love the design of the hotel"

Reviewed on 26 Dec,2021

Andaz Shenzhen Bay
Somerset Grandview Shenzhen
Somerset Grandview Shenzhen
4 out of 5
No.5 Xinsha Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is S$153 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan
Located in Futian, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Shenzhen Golf Club, Coco Park and Happy Coast. Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center and Shenzhen ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (82 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

Somerset Grandview 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.
Somerset Grandview Shenzhen
Somerset Grandview Shenzhen
4 out of 5
No.5 Xinsha Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is S$153 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan
Located in Futian, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Shenzhen Golf Club, Coco Park and Happy Coast. Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center and Shenzhen ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (82 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

Somerset Grandview 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 S$285 per night from 8 Feb to 9 Feb
Located in Nanshan, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Splendid China Folk Village and Happy Coast. Mangrove Seashore Ecological Park and Shenzhen ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (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 18 Aug,2019

The Oct Harbour, Shenzhen - Marriott Executive Apartments
CM Plus Service Apartment Shenzhen Taige
CM Plus Service Apartment Shenzhen Taige
4.5 out of 5
No. 1033 Nanhai Road, Shekou, Nanshan, Shenzhen
The price is S$187 per night from 14 Feb to 15 Feb
Located in Nanshan, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sea World and Shekou Ferry Terminal. Happy Coast and Shenzhen University are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (95 reviews)
"Very comfortable and quiet. Love this place!"

Reviewed on 22 May,2021

CM Plus Service Apartment Shenzhen Taige
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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