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1/6/2017
What to do and see in Shenzhen
What to do and see in Shenzhen

A centre of wealth, opportunity and diversity, Shenzhen perfectly encapsulates the remarkable, relentless development experienced throughout China over the past few decades. The city's towering skyscrapers, busy markets, exciting theme parks and constantly developing cultural and entertainment scene make it a great place to visit for those that want to come face to face with a bolder, more modern China that doesn't conform to the traditional image.

Energetic Shenzhen
Home to over 10 million people from throughout China, located close to Hong Kong and a base for all kinds of industrial and commercial activities, Shenzhen has a character unlike the interior of China.

Firstly, due to the influx of economic migrants from rural China since the late 1970s when Shenzhen was designated as the country's first Special Economic Zone (SEZ), culture and cuisine from every corner of the nation can be enjoyed, with these blending and transforming into experiences that can't be found anywhere else.

The city's music and club scene is also unlike those found elsewhere in China, as are the city's shopping experiences, which could easily match those in Europe or North America.

Here, energy and entrepreneurialism are core influences, making for a thrilling visit.

Shenzhen's cuisine
If you love real Chinese food, Shenzhen is a delight, with all sorts of regional specialities being available to visitors. Be sure to check out Haidilao Hot Pot to sample delicious hot pot cuisine cooked at your table, while classic Cantonese dishes can be found in the Shang Palace Restaurant, Jin Huang Ting Restaurant and the decadent Haitao Restaurant at Kempinski Hotel Shenzhen.

Hot Pot

Then there's the delicious Italian flavours served at Artisans, Sugo and Milano Italian Restaurant, and equally delicious Thai, Indian and American foods at the Terrace, Spice Circle, and Mash, respectively.

Must-sees
There is a huge amount of things to see and experience in Shenzhen, ensuring there is always a trip to plan during your visit.

Amusement parks
Shenzhen's biggest attraction factors are its many amusement parks. From Window of the World, which features 130 reproductions of various world sites, to the Splendid China Folk Village, which features miniature representations of Chinese sites, as well as performances and displays that focus on the vast variety of individual peoples and cultures that can be found across China.

Xiahu Botanical Garden
Located to the East of the city, the leafy retreat that is Xiahu Botanical Garden is a perfect choice for those that need to relax after experiencing the hustle and bustle of Shenzhen. Laid out in a classic Chinese garden style, the destination features thousands of varieties of plants, separated into six scenic areas, a temple and a paleontological museum.

Wutong Mountain
If you enjoy exploring true wildernesses, the tallest point in Shenzhen is a must-visit. While the hike to the top of the mountain is a rather tough three to four hour trip, the views, waterfalls and streams you will encounter make for an amazing experience.

Great Shopping
As you would expect from a city of its size, there is plenty for shopping lovers to enjoy in Shenzhen. From the modern OCT Bay, COCO Park and Luohu Commercial City shopping zones to the older parts of Shekou District, retailers from across China and the world are very much open for business.

Visiting Shenzhen
One of China's primary transport hubs, Shenzhen is a gateway to a wide choice of other Chinese destinations.

Shenzhen at Night

Most nationalities will have to acquire a visa before arriving in the country, obtained from a Chinese embassy or consulate. Regular Chinese visas and special five-day SEZ visas can also be obtained from those travelling from Hong Kong at the Luohu border crossing, with price and availability being dependant on the traveller's nationality - consular visa applications are usually cheaper, however.

Arriving at Shenzhen is easiest by air at Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, which welcomes a wide range of domestic and international flights. From the airport, public buses can easily be caught into the city centre, as well as taxis, which cost around 100 to 150 yuan. You can also travel from Hong Kong International Airport to Shenzhen via train, bus and taxi, but be careful that you have the correct visa to cross the border into mainland China.

Travelling by train, Shenzhen Station has links to Greater Guangdong and Guangzhou; Shenzhen North Station links with Guangzhou, Wuhan and Fujian; Shenzhen West Station connects to Guangdong; and Futian Station to Shenzhen North Station and Kowloon in Hong Kong.

Long distance buses from a large number of Chinese cities and regions arrive at Shenzhen at Luohou Bus Station, while ferries to Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai can be caught at the Shenzhen Price Bay Cruise Homeport.

When travelling around the city, the extensive Shenzhen Metro is an excellent choice, featuring hundreds of stations throughout the city. Buses and taxis are also available, but be sure to write down your destination in Chinese – as not many drivers know languages other than Mandarin.

For great luxury accommodation, Kempinski Hotel Shenzhen is a wonderful choice, featuring elegant rooms, outstanding facilities and restaurants serving delicious cuisine, while staff will also be on hand to let you know where the best places in the city can be found.

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