Shenzhen

Travel Guide
Shenzhen

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.

Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhen
Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhen
4 out of 5
5 Guihua Road, Futian Free Trade Zone, Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is NZ$151 per night from 10 Dec. to 10 Dec.
Located in Futian, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center, Coco Park and Huaqiangbei. Splendid China Folk Village ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (470 reviews)
"So much better than the last time I stayed at a Sheraton some 10 years ago. Will surely return to it next time. The Chinese restaurant in this hotel has fantastic service and food. After eating there, my family doesn't want to eat anywhere else in the city. We ended up dining there every day throughout ..."

Reviewed on 6 Dec. 2020

Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhen
The Westin Shenzhen Nanshan
The Westin Shenzhen Nanshan
5 out of 5
9028-2 Shennan Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is NZ$227 per night from 19 Dec. to 19 Dec.
Located in Nanshan, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Happy Valley, Window of the World and Splendid China Folk Village. Shenzhen University and Coco ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (176 reviews)
Great Staycation Spot
"I will definitely come back to the Westin for another staycation. The pool is huge and beautiful, and it gets a great amount of afternoon sun. The location is great, too - I love that it’s connected to the Holiday Plaza mall. The staff were so friendly and they spoke English at the front desk and ..."

Reviewed on 20 Jun. 2021

The Westin Shenzhen Nanshan
Boke Boutique Hotel Shenzhen Longgang
Boke Boutique Hotel Shenzhen Longgang
3 out of 5
6009 Longgang Avenue, Longgang, Shenzhen, Guangdong
Located in Longgang, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Longgang Hakka Museum, Shenzhen Hakka Museum and Crane Lake Fortified Hakka Village and Hakka Culture ...
Boke Boutique Hotel Shenzhen Longgang
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.
Somerset Grandview Shenzhen
Somerset Grandview Shenzhen
4 out of 5
No.5 Xinsha Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is NZ$177 per night from 20 Dec. to 20 Dec.
Located in Futian, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Shenzhen Golf Club, Coco Park and Happy Coast. Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center and Shenzhen ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (82 reviews)
happy with the stay but won’t be coming back.
"It’s an ok stay but not as high of a price/quality ratio as the service apartment I usually stay at. In fact same quality but Somerset is 50%more expensive. So I won’t be staying here again."

Reviewed on 9 Aug. 2020

Somerset Grandview Shenzhen
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 NZ$312 per night from 6 Dec. to 6 Dec.
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 18 Aug. 2019

The Oct Harbour, Shenzhen - Marriott Executive Apartments
Fraser Suites Shenzhen
Fraser Suites Shenzhen
5 out of 5
No.183 Zhenhua Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is NZ$297 per night from 13 Dec. to 13 Dec.
Located in Futian, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Huaqiangbei and Shenzhen Central Park. SEG Electronics and Shenzhen Lianhuashan Park ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (352 reviews)
Great hotel in Futian
"Really enjoyed the Fraser Suites Futian. I stayed on two separate occasions this past trip and moving forward I will continue to stay there on my Shenzhen business trips."

Reviewed on 8 Dec. 2019

Fraser Suites 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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Reviews of Shenzhen

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

6 Oct. 2019

Travelling with a child meant that we had to use the counter to purchase child metro tickets, and vending machine for adult tickets which was a pain. most signage /activity is in Chinese, so was often difficult to get by (restaurants etc) but good.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Sep. 2019

Modern City with excellent facilities

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Aug. 2019

Nice food. Helpful people. Lovely Mangrove Park.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Jun. 2019

Downtown Shenzhen was really good. Around the hotel not so great

5/5 - Excellent

Lisa

4 May 2019

A Great 3 night break, great pool, staff & food , just across the road from the OCT metro stop, plus restaurants and 7 Eleven

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Apr. 2019

Great shopping experience.

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