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ShenzhenChina

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.

Top hotels in Shenzhen

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Best Western Premier Shenzhen Felicity Hotel
Best Western Premier Shenzhen Felicity Hotel
4 out of 5
1085 Heping Road, Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is NZ$57 per night

Located in Luohu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Luohu Commercial City and Luohu Port. Dongmen Pedestrian Street and Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition ...

3.8/5Good! (1,582 reviews)

"Great location near metro, basic but clean spacious rooms. Helpful staff with a fair degree of English spoken, adequate breakfast buffet."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2020

Best Western Premier Shenzhen Felicity Hotel
Grand Hyatt Shenzhen
Grand Hyatt Shenzhen
5 out of 5
1881 Baoan Nan Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is NZ$179 per night

Located in Luohu, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Huaqiangbei, Dongmen Pedestrian Street and Luohu Port. Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (355 reviews)
great hotel, excellent service!

"it's a great hotel, great location, at check-in, Laurie was excellent and front desk Desmond Assistant manager was very helpful when we left. Guest service was great when we asked for a firmer pillow and more water, respond was immediate! Highly recommended!"…"

Reviewed on 11 Nov. 2019

Grand Hyatt Shenzhen
Park Hyatt Shenzhen
Park Hyatt Shenzhen
5 out of 5
5023 Yi Tian Rd, Futian District, Shenzhen, Guangdong
The price is NZ$351 per night

Located in Futian, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Coco Park and Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center. Huaqiangbei and Splendid China Folk ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)
New and outstanding hotel in the heart of Shenzhen

"Everything is perfect. Everything is new, the room facility is modern and new. the service is very friendly and kindly to everyone. the bar on the 48th floor has a very nice night view. only one thing is that the breakfast is not enough to choose but it's home made and fresh."…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan. 2020

Park Hyatt Shenzhen

Top activities in Shenzhen

Shenzhen Day Trip from Hong Kong
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Shenzhen Day Trip from Hong Kong

NZ$201
Per adult
Private Tour of China Folk Culture Village & Dafen Village
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Private Tour of China Folk Culture Village & Dafen Village

NZ$605
Per adult
Full-Day Macau Tour from Shenzhen with 2-way Ferry
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Full-Day Macau Tour from Shenzhen with 2-way Ferry

NZ$204
Per adult
Private Day Tour to Shenzhen from Guangzhou
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Private Day Tour to Shenzhen from Guangzhou

NZ$606
Per adult
Private One-Day Tour in Shenzhen with Spectacular Night Show
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Private One-Day Tour in Shenzhen with Spectacular Night Show

NZ$546
Per adult
Xiaomeisha Beach Excursion from Shenzhen
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Xiaomeisha Beach Excursion from Shenzhen

NZ$176
Per adult

Reviews of Shenzhen

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Top Destination

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4 - Good
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4 - Good 59.25925925925926%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 3.7037037037037037%
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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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Travel back in time with cultural and historical reenactments

Skip shuffling through another stuffy museum, and travel back in time to get your dose of history and culture with interactive activities
Travel back in time with cultural and historical reenactments