Marine Holiday Hotel Shenzhen
Nei Ring Rd, Shenzhen, Guangdong, 518083, China
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Cowboy's Hamburger (Hong Gui Store)
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Is it safe to take a six year old and a ten year old child to SZ????????
Well I guess there must be about a million of each already living there, so what difference will one more make?
The population of Shenzhen is approx 6.8 million people, all of which would have been 6/10 years old at one point in their lives and they have all managed to survive.
As with any city it depends where you want to take them. Areas like SheKou, NanShan and FuTian would be no problem. They all have international schools and facilities for children and access to expat doctors dentists etc (even though Hong Kong is so close this usually isn't an issue). It also depends for how long. There are heaps of foreign children living in Shenzhen and they seem to enjoy themselves.
Generally safe. Goodness, haven't you realised that there're tons of 6 and 10-year-olds living in Shenzhen at any point in time?!
I think we all assumed that you were coming from outside of China to Shenzhen. As long as you have someone who can take your child to school and pick them up then it shouldn't be a problem if you are in the better areas. I would steer well clear of PingShan for instance but Bo'an would be Ok as well as the others I mentioned earlier.
your children like running onto the streets and play in traffic then I will say no, otherwise ok unless you let them wonder off by themselves.
Travel Tips for Shenzhen
Once you crossed from Hong Kong to Shenzen, you will see the sudden disappearence of English alphabets. Fortunately, for major tourist destinations and MRT subway, there is enough English signs to get you around.
But is it good to recognize and rewarding to learn a few important Chinese characters like "shen zhen" (Shenzhen), "guang dong" (Guangdong), "zhong guo" (China), "xiang gang" (China), "zhu" (exit), "ru" (enter), "nan" (male), "nu" (female).
If you are going to a destination on your own, it is good idea to get it written on a paper in Chinese characters - not in "han yu pin yin", i.e. "Bao An".
Huanggang Border Crossing with Hong Kong
This is one of the alternative border crossings into Shenzhen from Hong Kong, Huanggang border crossing. It is less crowded than the popular Luowu crossing by KCRC. In addition, this crossing is opened 24 hours a day now. This photo was taken right after you exit the Chinese customs and to the bus terminal for buses within and outside of Shenzhen.
This is a less popular route with tourists since it is not linked by an easy mode of transport. There are cross border buses that can be taken at the San Tin Bus Terminal in Northwest New Territories (Hong Kong) for HK$7 one-way. It is aptly known "yellow bus" by Hong Kong locals. Webpage can be found below.
To reach the San Tin Bus Terminal, the best option is to take the KCRC to Fanling Station. At the bus terminal adjacent to the train station take KMB no. 76K which you will need to alight at San Tin Bus Terminal.
Apparently, there are buses that can take you to many Kowloon and New Territories districts easily right when you leave the Chinese customs for HK$30-40. It seemed to cater to locals since the signs were written in Chinese.
cheap & delicious vegetarian meals
i can eat in this restaurant everyday. the dishes are mock meat dishes, and mostly chinese buddhist vegetarian. many are spicy but all are tasy and satisfying. what's best, at 28rmb per dish (at least from the picture menu), it certainly beats my other western resto options. for non-chinese speakers like me the picture menu is most helpful because the staff do not speak english. open from 9 am to 10pm. the "shrimp balls" and sweet and sour "fish"
Zhang Huaiyue Shrine visit
If you want to make a little detour from shopping in Dongmen, check out the Zhang Huaiyue Shrine. It's not as amazing as the Great Wall but it's a nice little place to take snap shots of the old china which is hard to find in a fast growing city like Shenzhen.
The place is a dilapidated building/ ancestral hall. Besides the altar, the place is virtually "un-maintained".
Some Chinese friends also asked the shrine keepers to tell us more about the building but nobody can give any information - when it was built, who owns it, etc.
One of the cities of Guangdong province; a major port with foreign trade and international association in China; one of the 3 Special Economic Zones in China; also the first city carrying out the opening-up policy
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