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ShenzhenChina

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.

Top Hotels in Shenzhen

The St. Regis Shenzhen
The St. Regis Shenzhen
5 out of 5
No 5016 Shennan Road East, Luoho Distr., Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is CA $275 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

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 are ...

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
The Venice Hotel Shenzhen
The Venice Hotel Shenzhen
5 out of 5
No.9026 Shennan Ave, Overseas Chinese Town, Nanshan Dist, Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is CA $152 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 15

Located in Nanshan, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Yitian Holiday Plaza and Window of the World. Happy Coast is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away. Oct Station ...

4.2/5Excellent! (372 reviews)

"Had a nice one-night stay here. Excellent service. Cleanness is fine as well."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 29, 2020

The Venice Hotel Shenzhen
Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen
Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen
5 out of 5
138 Fuhua Third Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is CA $221 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21

This family-friendly Shenzhen hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Shenzhen Industrial Exhibition Hall, Coco Park and Shenzhen Convention ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (375 reviews)
Lovely place and service

"Incredible stay! Huge, fancy and comfy room! Service was great, I mentioned this is a birthday celebration in my booking and the hotel provided a birthday cake and simple decoration. We also tried their breakfast buffet, food and enivrement were very good. The only thing is the venetian blinds in ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 28, 2020

Four Seasons Hotel 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.

Vacation Rentals in 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, Guangdong
The price is CA $246 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12

Located in Nanshan, this luxury aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Splendid China Folk Village, Window of the World, and Happy Coast. Shenzhen International ...

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
Fraser Suites Shenzhen
Fraser Suites Shenzhen
5 out of 5
No.183 Zhenhua Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is CA $198 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19

Located in Futian, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Shenzhen Central Park and Huaqiangbei. Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center and Coco ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (351 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
Capri by Fraser Shenzhen
Capri by Fraser Shenzhen
4 out of 5
No. 1015 Haijing Er Road, Yantian District, Shenzhen
The price is CA $76 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14

Situated on the boardwalk, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of OCT East Water Park, Dameisha Beach and Dongmen Pedestrian Street. Huaqiangbei and Luohu ...

4.2/5Excellent! (213 reviews)
Great balcony guest room with terrific seaview

"Excellent view but room cleanliness like window need to improve"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 29, 2019

Capri by Fraser 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.

Top things to do in Shenzhen

Reviews of Shenzhen

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Nov 17, 2019

World eyes Culture village

3/5 - Okay

John

Sep 25, 2019

After more than 10 trips, I’m still trying to find the city center.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Sep 15, 2019

Shenzhen is very nice city but spread apart

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jun 21, 2019

Hoof efficiency

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Apr 22, 2019

Shenzhen is a good place to go. but this hotel was not.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Apr 5, 2019

Shenzhen is a wonderful city with excellent subway system and beautiful parks.

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