Shenzhen Attractions - Things to Do

Shenzhen is a young and modern metropolis in southern China adjacent to Hong Kong. Best known for its fast development over the last decades, it attracts flowing businessmen to seek for opportunities, especially cheap but good-qualified electronic products. It is also a great holiday destination with fabulous tourist attractions.

Many first-time visitors won’t miss the two highlights in Shenzhen, namely the Window of the World and Splendid China - Folk Culture Villages. In the Window of the World, you are able to visit many of the world's great landmarks in just one day. In Splendid China – Folk Culture Villages, you will see miniature replicas of many famous Chinese historical sites and life-sized examples of distinctive buildings of ethnic groups. In addition, there are other theme parks for you to explore, such as the Shenzhen Happy Valley and Overseas Chinese Town East.

As a coastal city, Shenzhen also offers great spots for you to feel the charm of sea. The best Shenzhen tourist attractions at the seaside include the Dameisha Beach, Xiaomeisha Beach, Shenzhen Bay Park and Xiaomensha Sea World. Time permits, you can also spend a leisure day at Jiaochangwei, a small fishing village in the east of Shenzhen where there are characteristic gourmet restaurants and homestays.

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Shenzhen Attractions Visiting Plan for Reference

1 Day Plan: A Glimpse of the Landmarks in Shenzhen
Overseas Chinese Town East / Shenzhen Happy Valley / Window of the World / Splendid China - Folk Culture Villages (6 hours) → Dongmen Pedestrian Street (1 hour) → Diwang Mansion (2 hours)

As time is limited, choose one from the 4 best theme parks in Shenzhen depending on your preference. After the visit, go back to the downtown area and enjoy local snacks on the Dongmen Pedestrian Street, where you can see the Diwang Mansion, a landmark building of Shenzhen. If interested, you can also ascend the sightseeing deck on the mansion to appreciate the panoramic night view of Shenzhen.
3-4 Days Plan: Have Fun in Top Tourist Attractions in Shenzhen
Day 1: Window of the World (6 hours) → Dongmen Pedestrian Street (1 hour) → Diwang Mansion (1 hour)
Day 2: Splendid China - Folk Culture Villages (a whole day)
Day 3: Dameisha Beach (2 hours) → Xiaomeisha Beach (2 hours) → Xiaomeisha Sea World (3 hours)
Day 4: Overseas Chinese Town East (a whole day)

If you have three to four days, apart from the noted theme parks, you are advised to spend half a day on the Dameisha and Xiaomeisha beaches. In the afternoon, head for the nearby Xiaomeisha Sea World to see a variety of marine animals and feast your eyes on the amazing performances.

For tourists staying longer time, Shenzhen Bay Park, Lianhuashan Park, Dafen Oil Painting Village, and Dapeng Fortress are also nice options.
- Last updated on Sep. 06, 2023 by Catherine He -
Questions & Answers on Shenzhen Attractions
Asked by Mary from SINGAPORE | Sep. 06, 2023 11:12Reply
Traveling to Shenzhen from Hongkong
I’m Singaporean, traveling to hongkong > then to shenzhen via railway to stay over for a few days (2nights) and then back to Hongkong. Do I need to apply any visa for my trip to shenzhen?
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Answered by Ivy | Sep. 06, 2023 23:21

No, Singapore passport holders are exempt of China visa for at most 15 days. Since you will stay in Shenzhen for only 2 days, no visa is needed.
Answered by Mary | Sep. 10, 2023 07:57

Since no visa is needed for my 3 days 2 night stay. Can I take high high speed bullet train from Kowloon hongkong to shenzhen?
Answered by Wendy | Sep. 11, 2023 18:18

Yes, of course you can.
Asked by Desh from PHILIPPINES | Jul. 31, 2023 21:33Reply
Hi i'm visiting HK this sept.. can i visit also shenzhen
For 1day tour need visa? then go back to HK
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Answered by Vivian | Aug. 01, 2023 02:29

Philippines passport holders often get rejected for Shenzhen VOA, so you'd better obtain a visa in advance.
Asked by Susan Nash from SOUTH AFRICA | Jul. 31, 2019 05:20Reply
Hong Kong to Guangzhou or Shenzhen?
I am in Hong Kong for 4 days . I have single entry visa for China. Would you advise me to visit Guangzhou or Shenzhen. I want to spend 1 day in one of the cities and return to Hong Kong.
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Answered by Miranda from AUSTRALIA | Aug. 04, 2019 23:54

These two cities are both great and easy to reach from HK. Shenzhen might be more lively and you can taste cuisine in Guangzhou.
Asked by TITON | Jul. 22, 2019 05:44Reply
Hello, I am from Bangladesh & I have multiple entry VISA of China.
I want to go to HK for 1 or 2 days, Do I need HK VISA for that. Please note, I never ever enter HK. If no then what I have to do to go there?
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Answered by Tatum from USA | Jul. 28, 2019 22:39

Yes, you need to apply for a HK visa in advance.
Asked by JC from SINGAPORE | Jan. 19, 2019 08:54Reply
Short tour in Shenzhen and Zhuhai
I am going to HK in June.

I would like to plan a short trip of a few days covering attractions in SZ and Zhuhai (includes Chimelong Circus)

Please advise on the number of days and cost in RM
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Answered by Chasen from FINLAND | Jan. 22, 2019 22:57

You are advised to spend 3 days in SZ and 2 days in Zhuhai. For the cost, except accommodation, you can prepare CNY500 per day.
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