Shenzhen

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Shenzhen which includes a city

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

Vyluk·J Hotel Luohu port Shenzhen
Vyluk·J Hotel Luohu port Shenzhen
2 out of 5
Floor 2, Luohu Building, Jianshe Road, Luohu, Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is NT$1,274 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
Located in Luohu, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Luohu Commercial City, Dongmen Pedestrian Street, and International Foreign Trade Center. Luohu Port and ...
3.3/5 (4 reviews)
"前台人員友善,但房間係沒有窗囗所以房內有霉菌,情況嚴重,床鋪整理不錯,企缸去水位慢,但交通十分便利,新都酒店在旁邊,行去羅湖村不需兩分鐘,如果能改善房間霉菌,性價比會大大提升!"

Reviewed on 2019/11/12

Vyluk·J Hotel Luohu port Shenzhen
Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai
Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai
5 out of 5
1177 Wanghai Rd, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is NT$3,697 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
This family-friendly Shenzhen hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Sea World Culture and Art Center and Shekou Ferry Terminal. Shenzhen ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (748 reviews)
Gorgeous Shenzhen Staycation
"We’ll be back again to enjoy the super comfy room, the gorgeous balcony, the lovely bathtub and the luxurious room service. The staff are all very friendly too. If you stay in the Nanhai Wing, be sure to venture over to the pool at the main building for lounging."

Reviewed on 2021/7/5

Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai
Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Golden Bay
Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Golden Bay
4.5 out of 5
No. 33 Zonglv Road, Dapeng New District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is NT$3,914 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Located in Dapeng, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within a 10-minute walk of Dapeng Peninsula and Golden Bay Beach. GuanHu Beach and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (37 reviews)
"Lovely family-friendly Marriott by the beach with Kumamon and teepee room decorations and amenities designed for children. Expedia had the room marked as smoking but I was pleasantly surprised by staff on arrival that all rooms are non-smoking. Manager Chen and her team was warm and friendly and ..."

Reviewed on 2021/10/1

Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Golden Bay
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.
Shengang Apartment Zhuoyue Qianhai
Shengang Apartment Zhuoyue Qianhai
4 out of 5
Tower-4, Zhuoyue Qianhai No.1, Menghai Street, Shenzhen, Shenzhen
The price is NT$2,719 per night from Nov 17 to Nov 17
Located in Nanshan, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Coastal City, Shenzhenwan Science and Technology Ecological Garden, and Happy Coast. Shenzhen Bay ...
3.7/5 Good! (3 reviews)
Nice but isolated in a construction area
"The apartment itself was new and modern. Very well fitted out but lacked some basics. Great kitchen with fridge dishwashers, etc but no plates, dishes or cutlery. There are no facilities nearby, you need a taxi or walk and use train. A lot of construction around you and tat is the view. It is not ..."

Reviewed on 2019/1/27

Shengang Apartment Zhuoyue Qianhai
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
The price is NT$5,001 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in Nanshan, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Splendid China Folk Village and Happy Coast. Mangrove Seashore Ecological Park and Shenzhen ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (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 2019/8/18

The Oct Harbour, Shenzhen - Marriott Executive Apartments
Ascott Raffles City Shenzhen
Ascott Raffles City Shenzhen
4.5 out of 5
No 22 Dengliang Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
Located in Nanshan, this luxury aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Window of the World, Splendid China Folk Village, and Happy Valley. Shenzhen Safari Park ...
3.9/5 Good! (18 reviews)
Great location and beautiful rooms!
"The Ascott is a great option while in Shenzhen. Its a service apartment, so it has a kitchen and washer/dryer unit, which makes longer stays much more comfortable. Its a modern hotel that is in good condition and anything that isn't to your satisfaction the front desk will help you with. They speak ..."

Reviewed on 2020/1/24

Ascott Raffles City 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.

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