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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

Futian, Shenzhen, China
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Futian

4.5/5Wonderful!(14 area reviews)

You might enjoy the shopping while in Futian. Coco Park is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Xiangmihu Station or Lianhua West Station to see more of the city.

Futian
Buji, Shenzhen, China
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Buji

Buji is well liked for its museums and parks. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, Dafen Oil-Painting Village and Yinhu International Conference Center are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Xiashuijing Station or Changlong Station to get around.

Buji
Luohu, Shenzhen, China

Luohu

4/5Very Good!(16 area reviews)

Luohu is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Dongmen Pedestrian Street and Luohu Port. See more of Shenzhen by jumping on the metro at Cuizhu Station or Shaibu Station.

Luohu
Nanshan, Shenzhen, China
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Nanshan

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Shekou Ferry Terminal and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Nanshan. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Daxin Station or Liyumen Station.

Nanshan
Shekou, Shenzhen, China
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Shekou

3.5/5Good!(3 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Shekou Ferry Terminal while getting to know Shekou, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Chiwan Station or Shekou Port Station to see more of the area.

Shekou
Dapeng, Shenzhen, China
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Dapeng

Travellers like the museums in Dapeng, and Dapeng Fortress is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Dapeng

Top hotels in Shenzhen

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai
Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai
5 out of 5
1177 Wanghai Rd, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
£121
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

This family-friendly Shenzhen hotel is located on the boardwalk, 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Shekou Ferry Terminal, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Happy Coast and Window ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (697 reviews)

"very nice hotel, love it ! Will go back there again."…"

Reviewed on 5 Jan 2020

Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai
Shangri-la Hotel, Shenzhen
Shangri-la Hotel, Shenzhen
5 out of 5
Jianshe Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
£76
per night
Mar 22 - Mar 23

This family-friendly Shenzhen hotel is located in the business district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Dongmen Pedestrian Street and Huaqiangbei. Shenzhen Convention ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,218 reviews)

"Staff are friendly, room comfortable, near food places and shopping malls, MRT station close by."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2020

Shangri-la Hotel, Shenzhen
Park Hyatt Shenzhen
Park Hyatt Shenzhen
5 out of 5
5023 Yi Tian Rd, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
£195
per night
Mar 9 - Mar 10

Located in Futian, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Coco Park and Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center. Huaqiangbei and Splendid China Folk ...

4.3/5Excellent! (6 reviews)

"Great people, great service. The staff are very knowledgable and professional."…"

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2019

Park Hyatt Shenzhen

Popular things to do in Shenzhen

Dongmen Pedestrian Street
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Dongmen Pedestrian Street

4/5(6 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy when you visit Dongmen Pedestrian Street, a popular shopping spot in Shenzhen. While you're here, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Window of the World
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Window of the World

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Enjoy the rides and games at Window of the World and find out why this is a popular theme park in Shenzhen. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Huaqiangbei
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Huaqiangbei

4.5/5(6 reviews)

You can search for that perfect souvenir with a trip to Huaqiangbei, a favourite shopping spot in Shenzhen. While you're here, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Shenzhen Central Park
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Shenzhen Central Park

Explore the great outdoors at Shenzhen Central Park, a lovely green space in Shenzhen. Visit the area's shops or simply enjoy its restaurants.

Shenzhen Museum
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Shenzhen Museum

You can spend an afternoon studying the exhibits at Shenzhen Museum during your travels in Shenzhen. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Shenzhen Civic Center
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Shenzhen Civic Center

Shenzhen Civic Center is just one of the places to see in Shenzhen, so why not enjoy the other things to explore during your travels? While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Top activities in Shenzhen

Shenzhen Day Trip from Hong Kong
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Shenzhen Day Trip from Hong Kong

£94
Per adult
Full-Day Macau Tour from Shenzhen with 2-way Ferry
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Full-Day Macau Tour from Shenzhen with 2-way Ferry

£97
Per adult
Private Minivan: Shenzhen Luohu Railway
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Private Minivan: Shenzhen Luohu Railway

100% of travellers recommend
£49
Per adult
Kaiping UNESCO Diaolou & Li Garden Tour from Guangzhou
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Kaiping UNESCO Diaolou & Li Garden Tour from Guangzhou

100% of travellers recommend
£102
Per adult
Shenzhen Bao'an Airport Same Day Luggage Services
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Shenzhen Bao'an Airport Same Day Luggage Services

£19
Per adult
Home Dining Experience of Traditional Cantonese Cuisine
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Home Dining Experience of Traditional Cantonese Cuisine

£24
Per adult

Reviews of Shenzhen

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
7
5 - Excellent 28%
4 - Good
15
4 - Good 60%
3 - Okay
3
3 - Okay 12%
2 - Disappointing
0
2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 17, 2020

Typical chinese mega-city. Lots to do but sadly only had time for business

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 6, 2020

We like Shenzhen lots of food options and shopping but a very modern city, not so much history or charm

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 13, 2019

Large parks, including safari park, Meridian viewing centre worth visiting

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 10, 2019

Shenzhen is now pretty expensive, but it is catching up on Hong Kong fast for shopping experience. The transportation is good and great value. The added security check in the Metro can be a pain in the rush hours.

4/5 - Good

Peter

Dec 9, 2019

Great viewing , good dinning , easy transport , , good shooping , overall great city,

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Sep 18, 2019

Busy city

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