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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Recommended Tours & Tickets

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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 Maarten Onghena from BELGIUM | Sep. 20, 2023 05:04Reply
Which Ferry to HK central?

Short question...
If I want to go from Shenzhen/Shekou ferry terminal to HK central ("financial" side), which ferry do I need to take?

Thank you for your answer!
Answers (1)
Answered by Harry | Sep. 21, 2023 01:48

You need to take a ferry from Shekou to Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal.
Asked by Alfred Tan from SINGAPORE | Sep. 16, 2023 06:47Reply
ShenZhen airport mid night express bus
Good day to you. I am landing Shenzhen airportearly Oct after 1130pm. Any mid night shuttle express bus to luohu? If yes, which part for laohu? Any budget hotel wthin walking distance near air[ort? Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Emily | Sep. 18, 2023 00:38

The Night Airport Bus NA1 is operated between Shenzhen Airport and Ke Xue Guan (Science Museum). The bus will be operated till the last flight.
Asked by Theo from GREECE | Sep. 12, 2023 02:16Reply
Travel from Hong Kong to Shenjen by train
Hi I will stay in Hong Kong for 5 days. I want to visit Shenjen by train or metro just for 1 day (daily excursion-no overnight stay)
Is it possible to issue visa for 1 day or 114 hours?
Or a regular visa is needed? I hold a Greek passport (European Union)
Many thanks
Answers (2)
Answered by Kevin | Sep. 12, 2023 23:02

It's possible for you to get a Shenzhen voa, which is valid for 5 days. But you cannot travel by train in the case. You can travel by MTR to Lo Wu or ferry to Shekou to apply for it.
Answered by Theo | Sep. 13, 2023 05:03

Many thanks for your reply! Appreciated!
Asked by Sylvia from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 05, 2023 03:28Reply
Shenzhen VOA fee
Hi, Please confirm what documents I need for the Visa On Arrival into Lohu Port Shenzhen and how much is the 5 day Visa? Thank you so much
Answers (1)
Answered by Wendy | Sep. 06, 2023 02:51

No document is needed and it costs CNY 168.
Asked by praveen from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 03, 2023 20:34Reply
Shenzhen Visa on Arrival
We are Australian Citizens and will be in HongKong later this month. We would like to go to Shenzhen for 3 nights while we in that region. I heard that the bus is the cheapest way to get to Shenzhen, does the bus drops us at Shekou port or somewhere else (Shekou port is the most convenient for Visa as mentioned in the thread)?
Will bus be more convenient or ferry? I am happy to take a Taxi if that is more convenient since we will have 2 kids and luggage with us to carry?
Answers (1)
Answered by Mia | Sep. 06, 2023 00:35

In general, ferry is more recommended and taxi will be very expensive.
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