Pulling into the Shenzhen ferry terminal you’ll think you’ve arrived in a new world, complete with theme parks, street-side restaurants and idyllic parks and beaches.
On China’s southern coast, this Shenzhen rises dramatically from its lush green surrounds, standing in stark contrast to the rolling parks and picturesque beaches nearby. The region is frequented by Chinese tourists but sees relatively few Western families due to the region’s reputation for crime. Enjoy the city by hiring a guide or travelling between attractions by taxi to feel safe during your stay.
Prior to the 1970s a small fishing town by the name of Baoan County occupied the land that Shenzhen now sits on. At the beginning of the 1980s the area was renamed Shenzhen and declared a ‘”Special Economic Zone” which attracted millions of business people, entrepreneurs and economic migrants. While the growth was vast and rapid, the city still managed to keep pockets of its natural beauty, which continue to characterise the city today. These areas include the Fairy Lake Botanical Garden and Lianhua Mountain Park.
Discover the Dongmen Pedestrian Street, the place to visit for bustling markets and shopping. Pick up a tailored suit or some rare comic books before you enjoy a pot of local tea at a teahouse. Stop by one of Shenzhen’s countless “Eat Streets” for some pork soup and other local keija dishes.
Visit the Window of the World miniature park too see tiny models of the Niagara Falls and the Egyptian pyramids. Learn about China’s diverse and lengthy history at the Splendid China and China Folk Cultures Villages or at Minsk World. Spend a day riding roller coasters and water slides at Happy Valley.
Venture outside the city to discover rare birds at the Mangrove National Park or sprawl out on the warm sand of Dameisha and Xiaomeisha beaches.
Serviced by its own international airport, Shenzhen is easily reached from many international locations. Frequent ferries depart from Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau, which are all nearby.