Shenzhen travel guide

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You're Going to Love Shenzhen

Shenzhen was a farming and fishing community of 300,000 on the Hong Kong border before it became China's first Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in 1979. Today, it's a vast metropolis of 14 million, a UNESCO City of Design, and one of China's most popular tourist destinations.

Besides being a prime shopping spot, Shenzhen is an inspired choice for culture fans. A thriving art district and an impressive range of museums, galleries, theaters, and attractions have earned Shenzhen its place on UNESCO's Creative Cities list.

Discover Shenzhen's beautiful green spaces, its famous theme parks, and some of the best beaches in China. There are lots of great reasons to make this vibrant city your next destination.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Shenzhen

What to do in Shenzhen

Window of the World

When to Visit Shenzhen

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Shenzhen is a year-round destination with a pleasant climate. It can be hot and humid during typhoon season from June to October so many overseas visitors choose the period from October until January when days are warm and sunny. Winter is short in Shenzhen and typically runs from mid-January to mid-February. Take warmer clothing if you're planning a trip to coincide with the city's Chinese New Year festivities.

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How to Get to Shenzhen

Airports near Shenzhen

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Where to Stay in Shenzhen

The city is known for luxury high-rise hotels like the Shangri-La Hotel, the Sheraton Shenzhen Futian Hotel, the Kempinski Hotel Shenzhen, the Ritz-Carlton Shenzhen, and the Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen. Decent mid-range options include Hotel Novotel Shenzhen Watergate, Century Plaza Hotel and Spa, and Best Western Shenzhen Felicity Hotel.

Popular Neighborhoods in Shenzhen

Most popular hotel in Shenzhen by neighborhood

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Where to stay in popular areas of Shenzhen

Most booked hotels in Shenzhen

How to Get Around Shenzhen

Car rental agencies in Shenzhen

The Cost of Living in Shenzhen

Shopping Streets

Chinese and overseas visitors flock to massive malls like Luohu Commercial City for everything from custom clothing to designer copies in over 700 shops spread over five floors. The best bargains on clothing and home accessories can be found at Dong Men Pedestrian Street, and tea lovers should visit the Tea World Terminal Market. The city is also famous for electronics, and hundreds of sellers vie for your attention at the SEG Electronics Market in Huaqiang N Rd.

Groceries and Other

Popular international supermarkets include Walmart, Ole, and Carrefour. You'll find a dozen large eggs for ¥23 and a quart of whole milk for ¥15.

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$0.34
A pair of jeans
A pair of jeans
$77.30
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Single public transport ticket
$0.29
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Cappuccino
$0.35

Where to Eat in Shenzhen

You'll come across every style of Chinese and international cookery in Shenzhen. Dine on Cantonese dishes and dim sum at Jin Yue Xuan (Shen Nan Avenue 6013), or try the upscale version at Shang Palace, Shangri-La Hotel Shenzhen near Luohu Port. BaShu Feng (AiGuo Road) is great for tasty home-style Sichuan dishes, or book a table at Trattoria D'Angelo at Sea World (subway Line 2 to Sea World Station) for tasty Italian when you feel like a change. A basic dinner is ¥239, while dinner for two in a top restaurant is from ¥453.

Most popular restaurants in Shenzhen

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