ShenzhenChina

4.1/5Top Destination

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.

Known for

Shopping, Skyscraper and Natural Park

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
CA $197
per night
Nov 4 - Nov 5

This family-friendly Shenzhen hotel is located on the boardwalk, within 3 mi (5 km) of Shekou Ferry Terminal, Chiwan Tin Hau Temple and Tomb of the Young Song ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (634 reviews)

"More like a resort than hotel. Free transportation and pickup to Shenzhen harbor for going to Macau and Hongkong. Great swimming pool, steam room and sauna."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2019

Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai
Hilton Shenzhen Futian
Hilton Shenzhen Futian
4.5 out of 5
Tower B Great China Intl Finance Centre, Shennan Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
CA $135
per night
Nov 10 - Nov 11

Located in Futian, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shenzhen City Hall and Huaqiangbei. Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center and Coco Park ...

4.1/5Very Good! (318 reviews)

"Good location close to Metro. Restaurants nearby. Many attractions accessible through metro. Pool is long enough for a good swim. Food is too expensive in the hotel."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 24, 2019

Hilton Shenzhen Futian
Shangri-la Hotel, Shenzhen
Shangri-la Hotel, Shenzhen
5 out of 5
Jianshe Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
CA $113
per night
Nov 3 - Nov 4

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! (1,134 reviews)

"The service staff all was helpful and kind with good englisch"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 4, 2019

Shangri-la Hotel, Shenzhen

Top activities in Shenzhen

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

CA $161

Leave Hong Kong behind, and take the MTR to neighboring Shenzhen for a full day of exploration. Marvel at panoramic views of Shenzhen's skyline atop Meridian View Center, discover the ancient Qin dynasty's terracotta warriors, and finish with some shopping at Luohu Commercial City Mall.

Full-Day Macau Tour from Shenzhen with 2-way Ferry
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Full-Day Macau Tour from Shenzhen with 2-way Ferry

CA $166

Discover Macau's old and new highlights on this day trip from Shenzhen by ferry. Head to the ferry terminal in Shenzhen by yourself to pick up your ferry tickets and catch your boat to Macau, located about 40 miles (64 km) west across the Pearl River Delta.

Private Minivan: Shenzhen Luohu Railway
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Private Minivan: Shenzhen Luohu Railway

CA $70

Enjoy convenient private transportation between Shenzhen Luohu Railway and your hotel in the comfort of a minivan. For transfers to and from Shenzhen Luohu Railway, the areas / zones to select from include: Shenzhen City Center Select this option for hotels located in Shenzhen.

Kaiping UNESCO Diaolou & Li Garden Tour from Guangzhou
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Kaiping UNESCO Diaolou & Li Garden Tour from Guangzhou

CA $181

Your guide will pick you up at your Guangzhou downtown hotel then take you to Kaiping City, about 2.5 hours away from central Guangzhou. There you’ll visit the Watchtowers in Zili Village, also know as Diaolou.

Shenzhen Ping’an International Financial Center
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Shenzhen Ping’an International Financial Center

CA $58

As a new landmark for the rise of the city, Shenzhen Ping An Financial Center has become the tallest building in South China with a height of 600 meters. Here, you will experience the shocking experience of the skyline and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city.

Private Full-Day Tour of Dapeng Fortress and Hakka Museum
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Private Full-Day Tour of Dapeng Fortress and Hakka Museum

CA $105

Discover Dapeng Ancient Town, the Crane Hakka Museum, Dafen Painted-Village and the Dongmen Shopping Mall on a full day private tour. You will meet your guide in the lobby of your Shenzhen hotel at about 08:30am and begin to take your Shenzhen tour from here.

Reviews of Shenzhen

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
14
5 - Excellent 43.75%
4 - Good
11
4 - Good 34.375%
3 - Okay
5
3 - Okay 15.625%
2 - Disappointing
1
2 - Disappointing 3.125%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 3.125%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 15, 2019

Shenzhen is very nice city but spread apart

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 21, 2019

Hoof efficiency

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Apr 22, 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 5, 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 6, 2019

recommend it as a must see place

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Jan 12, 2019

Watch out for scammers , crooks , gangsters.

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