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Top Things to Do in Shenzhen

Shenzhen is a vigorous economic center of China. In 2012, Shenzhen ranked second on the list of "The World's Most Economically Powerful Cities" that issued by the Economist. Since it was set as a special economic zone, the city has been experiencing unprecedented development over recent thirty years. It's a young city as well as an ancient city which boasts a history of 6,700 years' human habitation and 1,673 years' city foundation. Shenzhen is now a window of China and windows of world, demonstrating to visitors the looks of a new era.
Shenzhen is a gathering area for ambitious and energetic young people who embrace colorful dreams and creative ideas to be realized. What makes it attractive for young people is its advanced technology, international influence, and limitless chances and possibilities. It gains piles of powerful reputations like "City of Design", "City of Maker". The rapid development and fast construction have created unique "Shenzhen Speed". Therefore, Shenzhen is also a hot destination for those who are eager to experience the pace of such a booming city and try to find out secrets or something else about this emerging land.
The natural scenery and sightseeing spots in Shenzhen are of equal charm. Eight Scenes of Shenzhen is the most liable guide for visitors to cover the essence of Shenzhen attractions. No matter to or within the city, comprehensive transportation system of Shenzhen make it extremely convenient for tourists to visit around. Take the bus system for example, there are at least nine kinds of bus serving for different purposes and demands, N for Night bus, J for bus of Journey Line, H for Holiday bus, etc. The most wonderful thing is that a Hong Kong tour could be easily achieved simply by taking subway from Shenzhen. There is nothing more wonderful than multiple available choices in a journey and Shenzhen is right a destination providing tourists with various exciting choices.
Must-see Attractions
  • Shenzhen China Folk Culture Village, "the Museum of China Folk Culture"; it's a miniature China; the essence of customs and lifestyles in different areas and nationalities of the nation could be seen within 220,000 square meters; there are diversified folk performances and festival activities that reproduce local culture;
  • Splendid China, a large-scale theme park; the largest real-scene miniature landscape in the world; all of famous and classical attractions in China are demonstrated here; it enables tourists to appreciate Chinese history at every step and mill around China within a single day.
Recommended Hotels in Shenzhen
Shangri-La Hotel Luohu, Shenzhen
Shangri-La Hotel Luohu, Shenzhen
#31 of 2,168 Hotels in Shenzhen
No.1002 Jianshe Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen
Hotel Management Group: Shangri-La
Surroundings: Luohu Commercial City (422m), King Glory Plaza (661m), Diwang Sightseeing (1.2km)
Lushan Hotel, Shenzhen
Lushan Hotel, Shenzhen
#149 of 2,168 Hotels in Shenzhen
No.3023 Chunfeng Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen
Surroundings: King Glory Plaza (487m), Diwang Sightseeing (1.4km)
Recommended Restaurants in Shenzhen
Tang Palace Seafood Restaurant
  • Owned by Hong Kong Tang Palace Food & Beverage Group, the restaurant gains good reputation from the locals and tourists
  • Specializing in authentic Cantonese cuisine
Location: 3F of Wande Building, No.1019 Shennan Mid Road, Futian District, Shenzhen
Special Dishes: Crispy Durian Pastry, Shrimp Dumplings, Roasted Goose, Bun Stuffed with Creamy Custard, Roasted Pigeon, Stir-Fried Rice Noodles with Beef, Marinated Chicken Feet, etc.
Average cost per person: CNY81/USD13
Fu Rong Lou Restaurant
  • It's a time-honored restaurant specialized in authentic Hunan Cuisine
  • The flavors of dishes are satisfactory
Location: 1F of Yuehai Multi-functional Building, Longcheng Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
Special Dishes: Steamed Fish Head with Chopped Hot Red Peppers, Stir-fired Pork with Tofu, Sauteed Beef Fillet, etc.
Average cost per person: CNY57/USD9
Sheng Ji Restaurant
  • Serving the authentic Cantonese cuisines as well as fresh and tender seafood
  • There is a corner in the restaurant decorated with rockeries as well as a miniature fall
Location: No.1001 Hongling Mid Road (East Gate of Lichee Park), Shenzhen
Special Dishes: Sauteed Clams in Black Bean Sauce, Crispy Durian Pastry, Braised Crabs and Vermicelli in Casserole, Grilled Oyster, Fried Rice with Egg, Braised Pigeon, etc.
Average cost per person: CNY144/USD23
Night Shows and Entertainment
"Oxford Blue Wonderland" at OCT Bay Water Show Theater
"Oxford Blue Wonderland" at OCT Bay Water Show Theater
Highlights: water curtain, light, and music in natural mangrove forest
Ticket price: CNY140-300/USD23-50 (vary according to seats)
Time: 20:00-20:40 (Tues.- Sun.)
Capacity: 2500 seats
Get there from Shangri-La Hotel Luohu:
  • By subway&bus: Take Luobao Line at Luohu Stop and get off at Gangsha Stop (Exit C); transfer bus No.339 at Gangsha Village Stop and get off at Binhaizhong Stop.
  • By taxi: CNY43/USD7
Get there from Lushan Hotel:
  • By bus: Take bus No.369 at Luohu Hospital Stop and get off at Hongfenglin Stop (12stops); transfer to bus No.80 and get off at Binhaizhong Stop (one stop).
  • By taxi: CNY45/USD7
Music Performance at Shenzhen Concert Hall
Music Performance at Shenzhen Concert Hall
Highlights: the latest concerts from all over the world; the concert hall boasts of unique design and spacious layout
Ticket price: vary according to different performances
Time: 20:00
Capacity: 2280 seats
Get there from Shangri-La Hotel Luohu:
  • By bus: Take bus No.38 at Jinghujiudian Stop and get off at Ertongyiyuan Stop. (16 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY30/USD5
Get there from Lushan Hotel:
  • By bus: Take bus No.38 at Luohuxiaoxue Stop and get off at Ertongyiyuan Stop. (15 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY28/USD5
Local Market / Night Street
COCO Park
COCO Park
COCO Park with five layers is a unique park-style shopping mall in Shenzhen. C refers to creative, while O means original. It is the most bustling area for the locals and tourists to go shopping and experience the splendid night life of Shenzhen. 12 streets and 6000sqm subsidence ground housing rich array of neon and items attract people to try the unique shopping experience.
Opening Hour: 10:00-22:00 (Sun. - Thu.) 10:00-22:30 (Fri. - Sat.)
Things you can buy: shining jewels, high-class cosmetics and fancy clothes, etc.
Get there from Shangri-La Hotel Luohu:
  • By subway: Take Luobao Line at Luohu Stop and get off at Gouwugongyuan Stop (Exit C). (8 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY28/USD5
Get there from Lushan Hotel:
  • By subway: Take Luobao Line at Luohu Stop and get off at Gouwugongyuan Stop (Exit C). (8 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY27/USD4
Dong Men Shopping Street
Dong Men Shopping Street
Dong Men Shopping Street teeming with various stores and stalls has been a landmark of the prosperous Shenzhen. From early morning to mid night, the street throbs with the people from all walks of life. Everyone, even the picky person, is sure to find their favorites here.
Opening Hour: All day
Things you can buy: various commodities
Get there from Shangri-La Hotel Luohu:
  • By subway: Take Luobao Line at Luohu Stop and get off at Laojie Stop (Exit A). (2 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY11/USD2
Get there from Lushan Hotel:
  • By subway: Take Luobao Line at Guomao Stop and get off at Laojie Stop (Exit A). (1 stop)
  • By taxi: CNY12/USD2
Shenzhen Mixc
Shenzhen Mixc
Combining shopping with recreation, Shenzhen Mixc, the biggest upscale indoor shopping center, possesses 6 floors with more than 300 independent stores in 188 thousand square meters. It has already been the stronghold for both the locals and tourists to kill time. Additionally, it equally has a large-scale skating rink that is newly opened.
Opening hour: 10:00 - 22:00
Things you can buy: Jewel, clothes, books, shoes, hats, etc.
Get there from Shangri-La Hotel Luohu:
  • By subway: Take Luobao Line at Luohu Stop and get off at Dajuyuan Stop (Exit C). (3 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY12/USD2
Get there from Lushan Hotel:
  • By bus: Take bus No.14 at Lidujiudian Stop and get off at Dushimingyuan Stop. (3 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY13/USD2

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