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.

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- Last updated on Sep. 06, 2023 -
Questions & Answers on Shenzhen Travel
Asked by Gero from DEUTSCHLAND | Dec. 03, 2023 06:54Reply
German citizens - no entry to Shenzhen via Baoan Airport without a visa
We wanted to fly from Bangkok to Shenzhen for 5 days 2 weeks ago (November 2023) and had already booked hotel, etc. The airline didn't take us because we didn't have a visa. Our explanations that we would apply for a VOA at Baoan Airport on arrival as German citizens were unsuccessful. This visa was not known. Another excuse was that the immigration office had already closed by then. In front of our eyes, our flight ticket was cancelled and we were left at the airport at night without further explanation. We have informed ourselves in advance on various official websites that the VOA is also available at Baoan International Airport and not only via entry via Hong Kong. Has anything changed here? We are now fighting with AirAsia to get our tickets refunded. Too bad, all holiday plans and the anticipation of Shenzhen were destroyed.
Asked by Sara from PAKISTAN | Nov. 29, 2023 20:19Reply
R visa query
Physical examination is needed for r visa???
Answers (1)
Answered by Jessica | Nov. 30, 2023 17:35

Talents working in China with the R visa should apply for a Foreigners Work Permit with the help of their working organization at the local Foreigners Working Management Bureau or its entrusted agencies after entering. Their passports, R visa, the contract of employment, and a physical examination record will be required to submit.
Asked by Betul Turel from KAZAKHSTAN | Nov. 29, 2023 01:05Reply
Is HKD accepted in Shenzhen?
I am a Kazakhstan passport holder living in Hong Kong with student visa. I have heard the visa requirement is lifted for Kazakh citizens and wanted to visit there for a day. I am planning to take east rail line and leave from the lo wu/ lok ma chau. I was wondering if I can use HKD there or is there any place when I leave the MTR to exchange money? what will I need for public transport? Would be glad to know
Kind regards
Betul Turel
Answers (1)
Answered by Harry | Nov. 29, 2023 18:39

Generally, the visa fee would be paid by cashless form but it is better for you to prepare some CNY cash in advance to take public transport in Shenzhen. I'm not sure if you can get a VOA at Luohu port but it is worth trying.
Asked by Robby from INDONESIA | Nov. 27, 2023 23:38Reply
Can Indonesian passport get VOA
Hi, i have been rejected to enter Shenzhen by high speed train as i have no valid visa. But i read your blog, most of the countries are eligible to get 144 hours free visa in Shenzhen. Is there any selected port to enter ? I was already in the Hongkong station to Futian. Kindly looking forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Jessica | Nov. 28, 2023 18:30

Generally, you can try to get VOA at Huanggang, Shekou and Luohu Ports but Indonesian passport holders are largely rejected by the customs. Good luck to you!
Asked by Jack from LEONG | Nov. 26, 2023 06:29Reply
Visa from HK to Shenzhen
I'm a Malaysian passport holder. I plan to visit HK and later to Shenzhen via high speed train. Do I still need a visa to enter shenzhen? Recently, it was announced that Malaysians can visit china visa free for 15 days starting from Dec 1. My trip is scheduled around end of december and early january. Where will be the border check? in kowloon station or in shezhen?
Answers (1)
Answered by Molly | Nov. 27, 2023 22:07

Yes, according to the new policy, you can definitely visit Shenzhen visa-free. The border check is at West Kowloon Station.
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