Shenzhen Travel Guide
" Everything you need to know before traveling to Shenzhen"
When it comes to Shenzhen, the first things that comes to your mind are electronic devices and shopping! However, the importance of this beautiful city is not limited to the commercial affairs. Shenzhen is one of the most modern metropolises of China located in the southeast of the country linking the Hong Kong to the country.
The city is the fastest growing city in China and therefore, it’s known as the “the city of future”. It was just 40 years ago that Shenzhen was a simple rural area and today, it’s one of the main commercial and art centers of China.
Local Name (/ˈʃɛnˈdʒɛn/ 深圳)
Population (2017) 12,528,300
Time Zone UTC+8 (China Standard)
Area Code 755
Why Visiting Shenzhen?
Shenzhen is not limited to the modern buildings and electronic gadgets! The city offers beautiful landscapes such as Bay Park at the southern coast of Shenzhen. This metropolis has 23 beaches and Dameisha is the closest one to the city with beautiful palm trees and stunning mountain sight.
You may be surprised if someone tells that you can explore the world through one attraction in a simple city! However, it’s not an imagination. Shenzhen’s The Window of the World is where you can explore the world in a simple day!
Architecture in Shenzhen is very modern and beautiful. Therefore, the city was selected as the UNESCO city of design in 2008. Besides the architecture, there are many world-class design galleries in the city for visitors.
Shenzhen is one of the main art centers of China. You can enjoy the nightlife by listening and looking at musician bands performing in the streets or make a visit to the art galleries of the city.
What to See in Shenzhen
- Meridian View Center
- Mission Hills Tourist Resort
- Most Beautiful Beaches
- One Shenzhen Bay Tower 7
- Overseas Chinese Town East
- Ping An International Finance Center
- Safari Park
- SEG Plaza
- Shenzhen Bay Sports Center
Best Time to Visit Shenzhen
The best time to visit Shenzhen is from October to December as the weather is cool and pleasant. The second choice can be from august to september.
Spring (February – April)
- Temperature:16°C – 23°C ( 61°F – 73°F)
- Features: Hot days and cooler nights with occasional rain
- Recommendation: If you are going to visit Shenzhen in May, bring umbrella as well.
What to wear?
Long-sleeved T-shirts as well as thick jackets for rainy weather
Summer (Late April - October)
- Temperature: 23°C – 25°C (73°F – 77°F)
- Features: Summer is the flood season of the city and rainstorms, thunderstorms and typhoons are common
- Recommendation: Dameisha Beach and Xiaomeisha Beach are the best summer beaches.
What to wear?
Skirts, dresses, shorts, and raincoat
Autumn (November – Mid January)
- Temperature: 20°C- 15°C (68°F – 59°F)
- Features: Dry and Cool
- Recommendation: be aware of the skin dry situation in autumn
What to wear?
Long-sleeved T-shirt and a light overcoat
(Late - January to Mid - February)
- Temperature: 10 °C – 3°C (50°F – 37°F)
- Features: Winter in Shenzhen is short and not too much cold
- Recommendation: Winter is the less crowded with less expensive hotels and accommodations (except for the Chinese New Year Holiday)
What to wear?
Long-sleeved T-shirt and a thick jacket
How Long To Stay?
Well, it depends! If you want just to visit tourist sightseeing in Shenzhen, two full days is enough. In these two days, you can explore many attractions such as the Window of the World, China Folk Culture Village and OCT Loft Creative Culture Park.
If you had one more day, the third day could be the best for visiting the Shenzhen museum and skyscrapers. In the third day, you can learn about Shenzhen and see how a rural area has changed to a very modern metropolis in a short time.
If you have four days, we still have recommendations for you! In the fourth day, you can spend your day in commercial and shopping areas like Dongmen Pedestrian Street.
Things to do in Shenzhen
The city of Shenzhen is close to Hong Kong and therefore shares the same warm subtropical weather. But the warm weather does not make it ill-suited for a summer vacation in this modern city. Several decades ago, it used to be a tiny village, which quickly turned into a metropolis and an economic center in China mainland. Having a beautiful nature and its rapid developments make this part of China a great place to spend your days off relaxing or having a fun time with friends and family.
Shenzhen is not just suitable for pleasure but also for doing business. If it is quality time you are after or making investments or trading, we hope you get what you are looking for and make the best of this trip. To make it a bit easier, we have made a list of top places to visit while in the province of Guangdong.
The Sea World of Shenzhen is a western-style entertainment zone near the Shekou harbour. As much as it may sound like a waterpark or an aquarium, it actually is a complex of restaurants, beer gardens, and nightclubs. It is one of the top places in the city that attracts locals and tourists to enjoy themselves and try its excellent restaurants. There is no “best time to visit” this plaza, but it is perhaps better to catch its nightlife. While there, be sure to check at least one of the restaurants to get some local Chines cuisines. You can find food from other countries, but having dinner with the view over China’s waters is just something you do not want to miss at the Sea World.
You can see the Nanshan Mountain of Shenzhen with its lush green trees not very far from the Sea World. It is a very peaceful and beautiful climb on the stone steps to the top, but you need to be ready for a challenging hike up. It will take several hours to go all the way up and return; therefore, there are benches and several food vendors along the path. While on the top, you can see both the Nanshan district and have a great view of the lovely nature all around you. It is a great place to visit both before heading into the crowded city or just after you have had your long journey in her streets.
-During the summer, check the forecast before you visit to avoid the rain.
The window of the World
If you want to take your family to a more family-friendly place or stroll around with your friends and visit about 130 models of famous world monuments, you should make Window of the World a top priority. This place is a large theme park with restaurants, shows, and fun activities fit for all ages in about 120-acres. Visiting this place during national events and festivities or even at night is much more recommendable, but the day experience is also unique.
|Opening Hours||09:00 a.m. to 08:30 p.m.|
|Entrance Fe||160 RMB for adults – 80 RMB for children|
|Address||Shennan Ave, Hua Qiao Cheng, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China|
- The entrance fee is free for people above age 70 and children below 1.2m height.
- Opening hours and the price for tickets may change from time to time; therefore, it is best to check them and book them before the visit.
The old manufacturing district of the city is now a center of innovation and art with the name of OCT Loft. If you think rapid developments and focus on the economy and trade will leave no room for creativity and art, the OCT Loft will prove you wrong. This part of Shenzhen is filled with galleries, shops, cafes, and restaurants. While there, you might want to check their bookstores as well and indulge yourself in an aspect of life that no one can live without them. This district is about 3000 square meters, which can occupy your morning or the afternoon. If you love art and want a taste of Shenzhen nightlife, plan your visit carefully to make the most of this visit.
There may not be as many ancient parts in Shenzhen as China’s other cities because it used to be a small village that advanced rapidly, but it is rich in history and culture. It is both a learning experience and a fun visit that you can make with your family and children. With many artifacts discovered in the area, the heritage and history of an entire people are preserved and displayed. If you want to see how Shenzhen used to be before the developments of 1979 began, this is the place you are looking for.
|Opening Hours||10:00 – 18:00|
One of the reasons behind Shenzhen’s rapid advances is the Futian District as part of the Special Economic Zone of the province. It is the number one place to go shopping, especially if you are looking for electronics. It has its fair share of hotels and other facilities as well as museums and galleries, but the best part is perhaps the Huaqiangbei District. You can find all kinds of phones, cameras, software, hardware, and all the electronic devices that you want in this area. The only drawback may be crowded as many other visitors come to this place for the same reason.
-As you walk around and visit the shops, be careful not to by cheap and fake products.
While Futian District is just perfect when it comes to shopping for clothes and jewelry as well as other luxurious items and souvenirs, Luohu District is the place you should visit. While you walk around, keep an eye out for tailors to have your own suit tailored at very reasonable prices and excellent quality. Other than that, you can have some of the best massages in Shenzhen at low prices. It is a place to find the right quality products without worry about fake items as well as a district to relax and refresh yourself for the rest of the journey.
Dameisha & Xiaomeisha Beaches
Speaking of relaxing, do not miss the Dameisha and Xiaomeisha Beaches of Shenzhen. Both beaches are along the same coast, but the Dameshia is more luxurious and more crowded. In this part of the beach, which is about 19 kilometers, you can find several 5-star hotels and resorts as well as seafood restaurants. If you want to see marine life, there are also several aquariums.
Xiaomeisha beach, just like Dameisha, has calm and clear waters with fewer facilities and less crowded. This beach is about 17 kilometers long and is a much better place for sports and swimming due to fewer visitors. Entering this area is free during the holidays and events, but you will have to pay a fee of about 30 RMB during ordinary days.
OCT East Complex
The OCT East (Overseas Chinese Town) is a large complex of resort hotels, as well as fun activities such as a hot spring spa, golf courses, rides, a water park, and even a temple. All the highlights are worth and make this complex a top place in Shenzhen to spend some time. You can spend days or only several hours in OCT east, which is disconnected from the city’s busyness and noise that also houses family-friendly areas. It is very much recommendable for at least one visit during your stay in the city.
|Opening Hours||09:30 a.m. to 05:30 p.m.|
|Entrance Fee||Minimum of about 160 RMB|
Your entrance fee depends on your choice of activity or the place you want to spend.
Dafen Oil Painting Village
What began in 1989 as a group of art workshops for colonial artists is now a highlight of Shenzhen, known as the Dafen Oil Painting Village. Having seen the contemporary art and the environment of OCT Loft, it is now time to see some of the older types of Chines and Western art in this district. You can find genuine works of calligraphy or beautiful Chinese painting, as well as the Shenzhen famous replicas of world-famous paintings. There are thousands of galleries offering these magnificent works of art at reasonable prices. The items you find here can bring beauty to your homes or serve as great souvenirs.
Some Honorable Mentions
A list of the top ten best activities in Shenzhen introduces the best of what this city offers, but there are always more places to go and things to do. If you have the time for more exploring, check out sites like Dapeng Fortress, Tianhou Temple, Mangrove Seashore, Happy Valley, Lianhuashan Park, China Folk Village, Wutong Shan Mountain Area, and Nanhai E-Cool to have even more fun. If you have your own recommendations or see something that is not on our list, share your experience with other travelers in our comments section.
Where to Stay in Shenzhen
Luohu district is located at the city center, surrounded by luxury and cheap hotels, skyscrapers, and dazzling skyline as well as eating and drinking stores. This area is the best choice for visitors.
If you are going to visit Shenzhen mostly because of its sightseeing, Nanshan District is the best choice for you. The Window of the World, Splendid China Folk Village, OCT Loft Creative Culture Park, etc. are located in this area.
Business travelers and nightlife lovers can choose Futian District as an excellent place for accommodation. The train station in this area offers high-speed service to Hong Kong and Guangzhou (less than 1 hour). Huaqiangbei Commercial Area and Coco Park are also located in this area.
Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport
If you have an early morning flight, it’s better to spend your last night in Shenzhen in a hotel near the airport not to miss the flight!
How to Get to Shenzhen
Shenzhen Bao’an Airport (SZX)
Shenzhen Bao’an Airport is the fifth largest airport in China offering over 170 domestic and international destinations.Terminals: The airport has three main terminals:
- Ho Chi Minh
- Kuala Lumpur
- Los Angeles
- Siem Reap.
Beijing-Guangzhou Railway Line and Beijing-Kowloon Railway Line meet in Shenzhen. Besides, Guangzhou-Kowloon Railway Line and Xiamen-Shenzhen Railway Line pass the city. The city railway connects China to Hong Kong.
Shenzhen Railway Station
Address: No. 1008, Jianshe Road, Luohu District
- Hong Kong
North Railway Station
Address: Between Liuxian Road and Yulong Road in the Longhua New District
- Hong Kong
Shenzhen Futian Railway Station
Address: In the central business zone of Futian District
- Hong Kong
Shenzhen East Railway Station
Address: No. 94 of Jihualu on Buji Street in Longgang District
There are over 40 long-distance buses in Shenzhen. No matter where you are! You can easily find a coach station near you.
Yinhu Bus Station
Location: 1/F of Yinhu Mansion on Shangbubei Lu, Futian District.
- cities in Guangdong Province
- Hainan Province
- Sichuan provinces
Luohu Long-distance Bus Station
Location: Luohu Commercial City near Luohu Border
Qiaoshe Long-distance Bus Station
Location: 1021, Heping Lu, on the west square of the Railway Station
- Guangdong Province
Futian Long-distance Bus Station
Location: Futian Comprehensive Transport Junction on Shennan Dadao, Futian District
- Chongqing Province
- Shandong Province
Nanshan Bus Station
Location: At the cross of Linhai Lu and Qianhai Lu, Nanshan District. OCT Scenic Area is to its east, Shekou Industrial Area is to its south, to the west is Nantou Boarder Check-Point.
- Fujian Province
- Guangxi Province
- Henan Province
- Hubei Province
- Hunan Province
- Shaanxi Province
- Sichuan Province
Shenzhen Baoan Airport Bus Station
Location: First level of Terminal D in the airport
- Hong Kong (Wanchai, Kowloon MTR Station, HKIA)
- Dongguan (Houjie, Wanjiang, Humen)
There are two main ports in Shenzhen including Shekou Port and Bao’an Airport Fuyong Port.
It operates ferries to these destinations:
- Skypier of Hong Kong International airline
- Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal
- Zhuhai Jiuzhou Port
- Zhuhai Wailingding Island Ferry Terminal
- Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal
- Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal
Bao’an Airport Fuyong Port
It operates these lines:
- Fuyong Port – SkyPier, Hong Kong International Airport (40 minutes)
- Fuyong Port – Macau Maritime Terminal
- Fuyong Port – Macau Taipa Temporary Terminal
Get Around In Shenzhen
There are 8 metro lines in operation in Shenzhen including
|Line 1||Luo Hu – Airport East|
|Line 2||Chi Wan – Xin Xiu|
|Line 3||Shuang Long – Yi Tian|
|Line 4||Fu Tian Checkpoint – Qing Hu|
|Line 5||Qian Hai Wan – Huang Bei|
|Line 7||Qian Hai Wan – Huang Bei|
|Line 9||Hongshuwan South – Wenjin|
|Line 11||Bitou – Futian|
There are over 900 city buses in Shenzhen offering Regular bus lines, Express Lines, Intercity Lines, Night Lines, Peak Hour Lines, and Holiday Bus Lines. The price is 1 RMB for ordinary buses and 2 RMB for air-conditioned buses.
There are 16,000 taxis in operation in Shenzhen offering services to any zone of the city. The fee is 6-10 RMB for the first 2 km and 2.4 RMB for each extra I km.
Flight to Shenzhen (SZX)
Shenzhen Food & Drink
Since Shenzhen used to be a fishing village, there are not many local dishes to try except for the seafood. But ever since the city’s major developments, it has also become one of the best places to try some Chinese food. The seafood and the fish are 100% recommended, even more so in the Sea World restaurants. Besides that type of food, you can find some fantastic restaurants that offer the other regions’ amazing food.
If the local food is not your thing, you can always find western-style cuisine as well because of the large number of restaurants in Shenzhen. It could also be seen as a good place to go on a food tour to try all around China’s local and traditional foods. Take a look at our top recommendations and if you have more to add, feel free to tell us about the wonderful food you found in this city.
Dim Sum is a local dish of the ancient province of Canton or Guangzhou. You can see this food with its numerous Canton varieties, which are worth the trip to that part of China. But during your time in Shenzhen, you can find some of the most delicious versions of Dim Sum as a small meal or your breakfast. Shrimp and steamed pork versions of this dish are the local favorites that you can try with some tea.
Did you know the food originated in the royal courts? It is probably true because of the amazing taste and the exotic nature of serving the food!
Generally speaking, Shenzhen’s hot pot dishes are not the kind of food you want to miss. This dish does not have as many versions as the Dim Sum, but you can find less spicy versions of it in some places. It originated in Sichuan as is usually served spicy and while still boiling in a pot, hence it is called Hot Pot. You may also find it with the names Seafood Hot Pot or Sichuan Hot Pot. This recommendation’s main reason is because of the great fish of Shenzhen and the fresh local ingredients. It is also one of the dishes that anyone will find to their liking.
Grilled Lamb on Stick
Since Shenzhen is a paradise for shopping, you might want to try something like a Grilled Lamb on Stick while strolling around. It is mostly spicy and relatively cheap but also a recommendation as it is quick and clean with good taste. You may find these grilled sticks with other types of meat, which are the best street food in town.
Another type of street food with a more luxurious version served in restaurants is the Grilled or BBQ Seafood of Shenzhen. If the spicy lamb and duck on sticks are too hot for you, be sure to have some of these snacks. The Grilled Oysters are especially recommended since the province is some of China’s best oysters, but other types of seafood are also great. Other than the great taste, they are very healthy and very nutritious.
Beef & Pork
Besides the great fish, there are also great pork or beef dishes in Shenzhen that you should try. The top, most delicious and mouthwatering types of these meats are the Hong Kong Beef Balls and the Cantonese Sausages. What is unique about the Beef Balls here is texture and how it melts in your mouth, which comes with the same wonton noodles of Hong Kong. The Cantonese Sausages are perhaps the most delicious kind of pork that you can find in Shenzhen.
Try Everything You Can!
If you are staying for more than a few days, it is a good idea to try any of the local Chinese dishes you can find in Shenzhen. There is an excellent chance to see other unique foods that originated in other parts of Asia and Europe in this city. It is best to try the Chinese cuisine first, and give the other dishes a try as well.
While trying these tasty meals, get a taste of their tea as well. This city offers impressive tea and other drinks besides good food.
Shopping in Shenzhen
The best shopping districts in Shenzhen
SEG Electronics Marketplace
The intersection of Shennan Middle Road and Huaqiang North Road, Huaqiangbei, Futian District
This market offers a wide range of electronic products, computer devices, and accessories, etc. This market, unfortunately, is full of knock-off products, so make sure that what you are buying is working. As a tip, get a receipt and a business card for possible problems.
Huaqiangbeilu Electronic Goods Market
Huaqiangbeilu Electronic Goods Market is one of the largest hubs of electronic retailers in Asia. There are eight electronic markets here, and SEG is the most famous one with 72 floors.
Huaqiang Electronic Plaza
Huaqiang Electronic Plaza is the most comprehensive electronic trading market in China with the most comprehensive product categories. Computers, electronics, digital products, LED products, etc. are essential goods you can find in this plaza.
Yuanwang Digital City
Over 50% of cellphone trades in china take place in Yuanwang Digital City. Besides cellphones, other kinds of electronic markets can be found in this market.
Dongmen Shopping Street
Dongmen Shopping Street is a very famous shopping street in Shenzhen, and be sure that your visit to Shenzhen would be incomplete without visiting this street. Here is a paradise for people seeking to buy shoes, clothes, toys, watches, souvenirs, electronics, bubble tea, snacks, etc.
Luohu Commercial City
Luohu Commercial City is a seven-story shopping center for middle-range buyers. Inexpensive Chinese replicas of watches, clothes, shoes, electronics, handbags, etc. Don’t forget the bargaining in this center!
Shenzhen MIXC City – 深圳万象城
MIXC City is the largest indoor market in Shenzhen, with 188000 square meters and six floors. Retail, catering, entertainment, leisure, sports, and many other activities and stores are gathered in Shenzhen
Yitian Holiday Plaza – 益田假日广场
Yitian Holiday Plaza is the experience of luxury shopping in Shenzhen for visitors. This plaza is located in the north of happy valley, south of the Window of the World.
Coastal City Shopping Centre in Nanshan District – 海岸城购物中心
Many department stores, restaurants, fashionable entertainment, movie theaters, etc. are all gathered in Coastal City Shopping Centre.
COCO Park – 星河
COCO Park is the only shopping center in Shenzhen, with the park view known as one of the most modern malls in Shenzhen. This center is not limited to shopping, and it’s an entertaining center as well. In the first floor, you can find different stores, including international boutiques, jewelry, watches, etc. On the second floor, various fashion stores are working, and on the fourth floor, luxury restaurants, SPA, and beauty care centers can be found.
Women’s Street in North Huaqiang – 华强女人街
Different kinds of women products, as well as beauty, cosmetics, and other female goods, can be found in this area
What to buy in Shenzhen
Shenzhen is known as the Silicon Valley of China since most famous Chinese IT enterprises such as Tencent and Huawei were born and developed here. As a result, Shenzhen is heaven for electronic lovers.
Jingui orange is one of the most delicious fruits you can find in Shenzhen with a fresh and sweet taste, which usually grows in Pingshan, Jingui, and Malan of Shenzhen.
Sweet Peaches that grow in Nanshan District are fantastic. Your visit to Shenzhen should be completed by trying this tasty fruit.
Lychee of Shenzhen is what you should not miss at all. This fruit with rough and red skin has a white and somehow sweet juicy flesh.
Tai Pang Abalone
Tai Pang Abalone is a shellfish, which is produced in Tai Pang Bay area of the city. Buying these shellfishes is a must in Shenzhen
Shenzhen Travel Tips
Shenzhen is a safe city; however, considering some precautions especially in rural and crowded areas is highly recommended.
- Wear your bag in front and keep the small amount of money in one of the accessible places in it. Also, do not keep your wallet in your pocket.
- It’s better not to walk while phoning in the street or if you have an urgent call, try to find more safe places to avoid snatching.
- If you are going to take an overnight train, make sure to put your valuable items in your clothing. Also, taking sleeping pills or using earplugs is not recommended in this situation.
- Have a copy of your passport and Chinese visa to avoid any problem if you lost anything.
Foreign Embassies & Consulates in Shenzhen
|Hong Kong Trade Office in Shenzhen, China|
|Address||Room 2628, Level 26, Anlian Centre, 4018 Jin Tian Road, Shenzhen 518026, China|
|Telephone||(+86) 755 3395 5852|
|Fax||(+86) 755 3395 5506|
|Address||2nd Floor, China Resources Building, #5001, Shennan East Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen.|
|Telephone||+86 0755 8233 8016|
|Bank of East Asian|
|Address||Floor, Shenzhen Central Business Building, 88 Fu Hua 1st Road, Futian District, Shenzhen.|
|Telephone||+86 755 8228 0182|
|Global Wealth Management Ltd|
|Address||Level 15, Kerry Plaza Tower 2, No.1 Zhongxin Fourth Road, Futian District|
|Telephone||+86 138 2657 4343|
|Bank of China|
|Address||International Finance Building, 2022 Jianshe Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen.|
|Telephone||+86 0755 2233 1185|
|Standard Chartered Bank|
|Address||UG-02, G/F, Shun Hing Square, Di Wang Commercial Centre, No. 5002, Shen Nan East Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen.|
|Telephone||+86 0755 8246 1628|
|Address||Shop105, Mianshui Building, Yitian Road, Futian District, Shenzhen.|
|Telephone||+86 755 8276 6333|
|China Construction Bank|
|Address||1st Floor, Block A, International Chamber of Commerce Building, Fuhua 1st Road, Futian District, Shenzhen.|
+86 755 2595 0932
|ABN AMRO -Shenzhen Branch|
|Address||Room 3609-3611, Diwang Building, Xinxing Plaza, 5002 Shennan East Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen.|
|Telephone||+86 755 2461488|
|Address||Unit 104 1st Floor, 8th Floor, Block 2, Kerry Plaza, No.1 Zhong Xin 4th Road, Futian CBD, Futian District, Shenzhen.|
|Telephone||86 755 8235 0388|
|Bank of Communications-Shenzhen Branch|
|Address||Huaneng Building, 2066A Shennan Middle Road, Futian District, Shenzhen.|
|Telephone||+86 755 8802 0813|
|Address||Floor 1st and floor 2nd, North Financial Building, Shennan East Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen.|
|Telephone||+86 755 8224 6400|
|China Construction Bank -(Luohu Commercial City Sub-Branch)|
|Address||2nd Floor, Luohu Commercial City, #1168 Renmin South Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen.|
|Telephone||+86 0755 8248 8080|
|Shenzhen Development Bank|
|Address||NO.5047, Shennan East Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen.|
|Telephone||+86 755 2216 8062|
|Agricultural Bank of China|
|Address||#5008 Shennan East Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen.|
+86 755 2787 1018
|China Merchant Bank|
|Address||1st Floor, China Merchant Bank, NO. 7088, Shennan Road, Futian District, Shenzhen.|
|Telephone||+86 755 8319 8888|
|China Development Bank|
|Address||12-15 Floor, CITIC Plaza, No.1093 Shennan Middle Road, Futian District, Shenzhen.|
|Telephone||+86 755 2598 5666|