Shenzhen Travel Guide

Shenzhen Travel Guide

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Shenzhen Facts

Chinese Name: 深圳 (shēn zhèn)
Population: 13,026,600
Area: Land Area: 1,997.47 square kilometers (771.23 square miles), Sea Area: 1,145 square kilometers (442 square miles)
Location: in the south of Guangdong Province, southern China
Administrative Division: 9 districts (Futian, Luohu, Yantian, Nanshan, Bao’ an, Longgang, Longhua, Pingshan, Guangming); 1 new district (Dapeng)
Area Code: 0755
Zip Code: 518000
GDP (2018): CNY 2,422.2 billion (USD 366.1 billion)

China’s Most Competitive & Innovative City

Shenzhen is a coastal city in the south of Guangdong Province, neighboring Daya Bay and Dapeng Bay to the east, Pearl River Estuary and Lingdingyang to the west, and Dongguan and Huizhou to the north and Hong Kong to the south. It is only 41 kilometers (25 miles) from Hong Kong. Benefiting from the superior location and China’s reform and opening-up policy, Shenzhen has become a modern and international metropolis since 1978. Dubbed as ‘China Silicon’, today’s Shenzhen gathers more than 14,000 high-tech companies including Huawei, Lenovo and Tencent. It also becomes the innovation hub as a new generation of start-ups emerging, which makes it the most competitive and innovative city in China.

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While Shenzhen does not have as many historical attractions as other famous cities in China, it has created a number of excellent theme parks which entertain while teaching visitors about China and the world. Splendid China - Folk Culture Villages introduces visitors to China's long history and varied cultures, while Window of the World will take you to every corner of the world in one day. Additionally, if you want to make your stay even more luxurious, visit Happy Valley, the largest of its kind in the city, situated on a picturesque coastline. More attractions are: Dameisha Beach, Xiaomeisha BeachMeridian View Center, Overseas Chinese Town East, Shenzhen Safari Park, Universidad Sports Centre,  Xiaomeisha Sea World and Xili Lake Holiday Resort.  Come to enjoy the coastal view, the theme parks, the city, and especially the local people.

Dameisha Seaside Resort, Shenzhen
Dameisha Seaside Resort
Thailand Royal Palace, Window of the World, Shenzhen
Thailand Royal Palace, Window of the World
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City Street of Shenzhen
Street Scene

Thanks to its developed economy, it is easy to get there quickly and comfortably by air, train or ship. What's more, Shenzhen is the only city in China that provides three modes of transportations for simultaneous comings and goings. Unfortunately local transportation is not equally convenient; transportation in the city is hit-or-miss due to the large population. However, the number of transportation options available helps to counteract the problems caused by crowding. In contrast, lodging in this city is very easy to do, as there are a number of hotels which frequently host businessmen and visitors from all over the world. Finally, when you visit there, make sure that you plan a day trip to Hong Kong, where you can enjoy the sites and attractions of the famous international metropolis. 

Shenzhen Travel Tips

Dining       Nightlife        Shopping
Huaqiangbei Electronics Market        Top 10 Shopping Malls       Top 8 Electronics Malls
Visa on Arrival        144-Hour Visa-Free Transit        

While the city has had to overcome a number of obstacles resulting from this population swell, the city has also benefited from the increased diversity. Workers come to the city from almost every part of china, bringing with them their local traditions and cuisines. Visitors are able to sample foods from each of China's famous eight cuisines. Local dishes are also worth trying - Kejia is one of the many dishes that should not be missed.

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- Last updated on May. 10, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Shenzhen Travel
Asked by Alfred Tan from SINGAPORE | Aug. 26, 2023 05:09Reply
Midnight shuttle from ShenZhen Bao An airport
Good day to you. I shall be arriving Shenzhen Bao An airport in Oct just before midnight, I was thinking of staying near Laojie area. Any midnight airport shuttle bus to Laojie area. If no, where is the nearest area that midnight airport shuttle bus goes Thank you very much.
Asked by Kim from KOREA | Aug. 22, 2023 03:45Reply
If I arrive in Shekou port by ferry from HKIA ETA16:00, can we get arrival Visa at the port? 5days Visa of Shenzhen, we are Korean passport holders.
Answers (1)
Answered by Molly | Aug. 22, 2023 18:42

I'm afraid the time is not enough. It is better for you to catch the earliest ferry in the second day to Shekou for the 5-day visa.
Asked by Lee sh from S,KOREA | Aug. 22, 2023 03:18Reply
Can i apply landing visa if i take pm 3:30 ferry from hk airport to shekou?
Answers (1)
Answered by Andrew | Aug. 22, 2023 18:55

It is hard because the day quota may use up at that time.
Asked by Lisa from MALAYSIA | Aug. 14, 2023 01:35Reply
M Visa for family travelling together?
Hello, I am eligible to apply for M Visa due to business request.
My spouse will follow together. Which Visa category he needs to apply?
Answers (1)
Answered by James | Aug. 14, 2023 22:49

I'm afraid he can only apply for a normal tourist visa.
Asked by Steven from SINGAPORE | Aug. 12, 2023 22:45Reply
Ferry ticket fron Shenzhen to Hong Kong Airport
Where can i purchase ferry ticket from Shenzhen Fuyong Port to Hong Kong Airport ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Daisy | Aug. 14, 2023 02:07

You can book it online in advance or purchase it at the ferry terminal. The official website of the Chu Kong Passenger Transport Company is where you can book ferry tickets in advance.
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