Shenzhen Travel Guide

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Shenzhen Overview

Just across the water from Hong Kong, since 1979 Shenzhen has grown from being a tiny rural village into one of China’s most affluent cities frequented by businessmen and investors and dominated by the soaring skyscrapers that sparkle in their riches. That said, for the majority Shenzhen is far from being an amicable city to visit and, due to warnings of high crime rates, an overload of beggars and no walking solo at night, rarely makes it to anyones must see destinations.

Nevertheless, for anyone that should find themselves holed up in the city for a night or two then all is not lost. Shenzhen is the proud possessor of some innovative art galleries and a host of intriguing theme-parks that can fill up a few spare hours plus a vibrant nightlife scene. What visitors will notice are the groups of Hong Kongers making their way north to Shenzhen looking to take advantage of the cut-price shopping opportunities ranging from chaotic clothing markets to the chance to snap up a bargain Ipod.
The final saving grace of landing in Shenzhen is that those looking to move further in to China can benefit from cheaper transportation than from Hong Kong. With four harbors, ferries and boats regularly depart for both Hong Kong, Macau and nearby Haikou. Shenzhens airport is also becoming increasingly busier with flights available to the vast majority of Chinese cities.

Things to do in Shenzhen

Theme Parks in Shenzhen - The highlight of Shenzhens attractions are the collection of theme parks, some extremely dated, some interesting and other just odd. Within the city are the Splendid China Folk Culture Village, a mini-world of Chinas most famous sights and reconstruction of 24 villages and 56 clans, and Window of the World, collection of scaled down world landmarks loved by snap-happy Chinese visitors. Out of town visitors will find OCT East, a sparkling theme-park, golf complex, tea valley and luxury hotel resort all rolled in to one. The most bizarre of them all is perhaps Minsk World, a military theme-park showcasing former Russian fighter planes and helicopters and hosting interesting dance performances.

Shenzhen Museums & Galleries - Should theme parks not be your cup of tea then the city also has a handful of museums that are worth investing a few hours.
Shenzhen Museum - Excellent insight into the history and transformation of the city plus a collection of 1940s propaganda art.
He Xiangning Art Gallery - Large collection of the obscure water paintings by Chinese contemporary artist, He Xiangning. Make sure to grab a copy of the English guidebook.
OCT Art & Design Gallery - Changing exhibitions showcasing the work and talent of Chinas most innovative designers.
Shenzhen Nightlife - As a modern forward-thinking city those looking to party in Shenzhen tend not to be disappointed with the array of drinking options. Within the city there are three main nightlife zones; Luohu District, the place for clubs and celebrity spotting; Shekhuo, popular expat hangout therefore boasting a large selection of bars; and CiticCityPlaza (Fultan),a lively strip of bars all with outdoor terraces.
Bars in Shenzhen
Base Bar - A short walk south of CiticCityPlaza is Shenzhens best spot for live blues and punk rock.
C-Union - This converted warehouse is another blues and punk bar frequented by students and bohemian types.
Coko Club - Lively restaurant and party-bar on the CiticCityPlaza strip.
McCawleys Irish Bar - Token Irish bar and expat favourite at the Seaworld complex in Shekhou.
Clubs in Shenzhen
Suzys Late Night Lounge - Adjacent to the Kempinski Hotel, this lounge bar and club is by far the hottest spot in town.
True Color - Easily one of the best spots for late night revelry drawing in young, affluent Shenzhenians.

Hotels in Shenzhen

Budget Hotels Shenzhen

Green Oasis Hotel - Budget businesslike hotel close to the main bus station. Tel (86) 755 2999 3111.
Loft Youth Hostel - Modern HI hostel offering cheap rooms away from the city centre. Tel (86) 755 8623 2403.
Midrange Hotels Shenzhen
Days Inn - Reputable chain hotel close to the shopping district, entertainment and city park. Tel (86) 755 8220 3333.
GS International Hotel - Cheap, close to the train station and friendly staff, although maybe a little overpriced. Tel (86) 755 2557 3138.
Luxury Hotels Shenzhen
Shangri-La Hotel - Shenzhens best hotel is a luxury affair offering classy rooms and suites, spa and a selection of restaurants. Tel (86) 755 8233 0888.
The Ritz Carlton - Contemporary 5-star hotel offering a host of luxury facilities in the Fultan district. Tel (86) 755 2222 2222.

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