Shenzhen Travel Guide

Shenzhen Travel Guide

 From May 15, 2024, foreign cruise tour groups arranged by Chinese travel agencies can enter through Guangzhou and Shenzhen visa-free and spend 15 days exploring 11 coastal areas like Liaoning, Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Shanghai and Tianjin, and Beijing.

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 Jul. 22, 2024 by Serena Zhou -
Questions & Answers on Shenzhen Travel
Asked by Kew SC from MALAYSIA | Jul. 21, 2024 05:00Reply
What is the nearest hotel to Futian Metro station of Line 11 ?
Asked by HARIS KHUSHNOOD from PAKISTAN | Jul. 20, 2024 23:43Reply
How to reach following address from shezhen railway station

Address: Harbin Institute of Technology Campus, Shenzhen University Town, Taoyuan Street, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
Asked by Atrina from INDONESIA | Jul. 16, 2024 00:40Reply
VOA Shenzhen for Baby
Hello I’m Indonesian Passport Holder, do I need visa on arrival for my baby (under 1 year old) when we want to go Shenzhen from Hong Kong?
Please let me know, thankyou.
Answers (1)
Answered by Keith | Jul. 16, 2024 19:39

Yes, your baby also needs a visa for the VOA.
Asked by Tony from ITALY | Jul. 15, 2024 06:54Reply
HKG to SHZ via taxi
hello im going to travel from HKG airport to SHENZEn bao an district via TAXI, i have italian passport and im wondering how is the process of immigration going by car ( any check point ) thanks
Answers (3)
Answered by Lori | Jul. 16, 2024 00:39

I think you mean the cross border bus because I haven't hard of the taxi before? You need to get off the car at the check point (taking all your luggage) and go through the checks, then get on the car on the other side to continue the trip.
Answered by Tony | Jul. 17, 2024 00:51

I think you mean the cross border bus because I haven't hard of the taxi before? You need to get off the car at the check point (taking all your luggage) and go through the checks, then get on the car on the other side to continue the trip.

so basically i need to take the taxy to the checkpoint. Whats the name of this checkpoint? and after that ok i take the car on the opposite side.
But where i retrieve my visa? at that which checkpoint?
Answered by Keith | Jul. 17, 2024 23:06

You can enter through any check point, for example, Luohu, Huanggang, Futian and you will get the 15-day visa free entry there. You can take a taxi on the opposite site.
Asked by Alex from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 10, 2024 17:36Reply
24 hours pass for UK passport
I want to take my daughter who only has a British passport to Shenzhen for a day trip. Can I get a 24 hours pass for her? Where can I get it and does it needs 3 days to process just like a normal VISA? Can she gets one quickly i.e. I want to take her to Shenzhen on Sunday?
Answers (1)
Answered by Emily | Jul. 11, 2024 02:02

She can apply for a Shenzhen VOA at Luohu, Huanggang or Shekou Port at a cost of CNY130.
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