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
Other Attractions:
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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.

Suburban Districts

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- Last updated on Jan. 17, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Shenzhen Travel
Asked by Totix from ITALY | Mar. 29, 2023 07:21Reply
SKYlimo cross border
Hello , i will arrive to HKIA, and i wanna get taxy limo to arrive in shenzen, where i should stop to make my free visa? im an italian citizen, thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by John | Mar. 29, 2023 20:05

What do you mean by free visa? The VOA? If so, you need to enter from one of the below ports: Luohu (Lo Wu), Huanggang, Shekou, and Fuyong.
Asked by Satida from THAILAND | Mar. 29, 2023 02:22Reply
Thailand passport apply for visa on arrival (from Hong Kong)
Hi, I hold Thailand passport planning to enter Shenzhen (tourism) end of Apr. Is it possible to apply visa on arrival from Hong Kong?
Answers (1)
Answered by Fiona | Mar. 29, 2023 20:00

Yes, it's possible for you to get it. Good luck~
Asked by Stephanus from SOUTH AFRICA | Mar. 22, 2023 20:32Reply
5 day visa on arrival Shenzhen
Can you please tell me if South African passport holders can now (march 2023) get a 5 days visa on arrival to Shenzhen from HK and are there other admission options available if I would like to visit Shenzhen form HK for one day?
Answers (1)
Answered by Daniel | Mar. 26, 2023 18:01

It's possible for you to get the VOA. Good luck~
Asked by Ney from UNITED STATES | Jan. 17, 2023 05:36Reply
Shenzhen VOA
Can i apply for shenzhen VOA now? (As of 1/17/2023)?
Answers (1)
Answered by Bella | Jan. 17, 2023 17:41

It has been available now. Good luck~
Asked by May from THAILAND | Oct. 02, 2022 03:56Reply
Visa on arrival available?
I plan to go to shenzhen for tourism through louhu port? Can I still get visa on arrival at the port? Do I need any quarantine?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ruby | Oct. 10, 2022 02:27

Visa on arrival is not available presently. You need to apply for one in advance. Yes, all people entering China need quarantine.
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