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

Somerset Grandview Shenzhen
Somerset Grandview Shenzhen
4 out of 5
No.5 Xinsha Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, 518048
The price is S$136 per night from 8 Feb to 9 Feb
S$136
per night
8 Feb - 9 Feb
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! (86 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
Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Airport
Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Airport
4.5 out of 5
Shenzhen Baoan International Airport, Bao'an District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, 518128
The price is S$156 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb
S$156
per night
7 Feb - 8 Feb
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Shenzhen. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (101 reviews)
"This location is inside the airport and it's super convenient if you are travelling by plane. However, there was a major cleanliness issue with the room. The sink was filled with dirty water and disgusting things. With the amount paid for the room, I don't think this is acceptable at all. With this ..."

Reviewed on 25 Nov,2022

Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Airport
Ascott Aden Shenzhen
Ascott Aden Shenzhen
3.5 out of 5
3 Yanshan Road Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Shenzhen. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a nightclub. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (87 reviews)
Comfortable but noisy.
"Pleasant hotel and reasonably priced. Very noisy from local building works. Shenzhen Metro."

Reviewed on 7 Dec,2017

Ascott Aden 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, 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! (86 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
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! (356 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

Fraser Suites Shenzhen
Ascott Raffles City Shenzhen
Ascott Raffles City Shenzhen
4.5 out of 5
No 22 Dengliang Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong, 518054
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Shenzhen. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the spacious rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
3.9/5 Good! (20 reviews)
Staycation with Friends
"Myself, my partner and 2 friends spent the night here as a staycation to treat ourselves, hang out and unwind. We had a great a time in the 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment. The unit it well clean and equipped with most things you could need. The kitchen is especially well equipped with various glasses, ..."

Reviewed on 7 Dec,2021

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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