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Welcome to Shenzhen

The city draws a mix of businessmen, investors and migrant workers to its golden gates.

Shenzhen is in the southern part of the Guangdong Province neighboring the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong.

 

It began life as a small fishing village but in 1980 Beijing awarded it Special Economic zone status and began pumping money into it. Consequently in the space of 20 years it rapidly developed into China’s richest city,

 

But this rapid economic growth has led to overcrowding  (with a population of approximately five million) and a shortage of land. In fact much of the industry that helped Shenzhen accumulate its wealth is already moving out to less developed regions in China where land and wages remain low.

 

However what Shenzhen lacks in historical attractions, it more than makes up for in its modern attractions. Most people come here for its well-deserved reputation as a shopping haven. To attract more tourists there are also now a selection of luxury hotels, bars, and restaurants as well as a number of excellent theme parks that are designed to entertain as well as teach about China and the world.  

Weather

Shenzhen’s climate is typically subtropical. Summers can be scorching hot, while winters are moderate. Also worth noting is that summer and autumn are regularly prone to cyclones.

 

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Shopping

Shopping

If you are looking for fake designer goods at bargain prices, Shenzhen is the place for you. There are also plenty of places to buy electricals, perfumes, bags, watches, and DVDs (fake ad genuine). But Shenzhen is also a great place for tailor-made clothes and Chinese handicrafts.

 

The main area is Lo Wu Commercial City which is full of department stores and shopping centers. Certain areas are good for certain products so Dongmen Pedestrian The street is great for a variety of shops, restaurants and cinemas, Hua Qiang Bei is a good area for electricals, Women’s World is ideal for clothing and Chinese and English Street in the Yantian District is a must because it’s a tax-free street!

Food & Drink

  • Shenyun Chaozhou Zhou Restaurant

  • XinWang Lai KeJia Wang Restaurant

  • Yinghai Fishing Port Restaurant

  • Dan Gui Xuan Restaurant

  • Bashu Fengyue Restaurant

  • Xiang E Qing Restaurant

  • Raindrops Western Food Restaurant

  • Dengpin Restaurant

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entertainment

Much of the entertainment in the area is based around the theme parks and golf. There are numerous golf courses in the area.

 

Other than that you can also enjoy classical music and opera at the Shenzhen Grand Theatre and there are also numerous cinemas.

 

If you are looking for bars and clubs then the best areas are Huaqiao City and Sea World Square of the Shekon District. You could try out the True Color Bars (Futian & Luohu Districts), Lao Dou bar (Futian District) or Base Bar (Shangbu & Nanshen District).

excursions

There are many theme parks in Shenzhen to visit (see & do section) however if you want to see what else this area of China has to offer you may like to visit one of these attractions:

 

  • Dafen Oil Painting Village
  • The Forbidden City, Beijing
  • The Great Wall of China
  • Shenzhen Garden & Flower Exposition Centre
  • Terracotta Warriors and Horses
  • Hong Kong

Health & Safety

Medical treatment can be expensive therefore you are strongly advised to ensure you have sufficient medical insurance in place before traveling.

 

The tap water is not considered safe to drink and you are therefore advised to drink bottled water. Crime is not considered a major problem but you should take the usual precautions when in busy areas.