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    Calculator

    by sweet_sentiments Updated Sep 14, 2004

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    Favorite thing: You must, must, must bring a calculator when you're planning to shop at Shenzhen. Chinese people there don't know how to speak/understand English and you would need to calculator to ask for prices and for haggling.

    Fondest memory: I saw a nice travel khaki pants at one of Shenzhen's shops. I saw an 8 on the tag price. I thought that means 8RMB so I asked the saleslady if 8RMB is the price. I can't speak chinese so i was pointing the 8 and the pants. She keeps on telling me something in Chinese and nodding at the same time so I thought the price is really 8RMB but when I gave her the calculator to punch in the price it was only then that i understood that the 8 in the tag price is the % discount of the item.

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    Money Matters

    by arni_ph075 Updated Aug 10, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Shenzhen currency is Renminbi (RMB). It is also referred to as YUAN.

    Prevailing exchange rate is:
    1 US Dollar = 8.29 Chinese Yuan Renminbi

    Around Shenzhen Hongkong Dollars (HK$) is widely accepted. Most shop keepers like in Lo Wu preferred HK$ on payments.

    There are a lot of counterfeit yuan, thus its highly recommended to change money on banks, good exchange rate too, there are a lot of banks in Shenzhen its open even on Saturday.
    Just show your passport if changing money at the bank. They only copy the passport #. So if you memorize your passport #, no need to show actual passport. It works for us:-)

    Credit cards are accepted in major hotels and establishments. Though on taxis and entrance fees at theme parks, credit card is not accepted.

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    How to obtain a China Visa

    by Alain_Smeets Updated May 1, 2004

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    Favorite thing: You can obtain a Visa for China in a lot of ways.

    1) in your home country, this will be done via the Chinese embassy and it can take about one week before you get your passport back (my work arranged this one) and they need at least 2 photos.

    2) In Hong Kong, you can ask your hotel to arrange you a Visa for China, but be aware this can be very expensive to obtain one in this way (60 to 120 US$ depending of the urgency, hey the hotels have to make money too) and they also need 2 photos.

    3) At the Fu Yong Ferry terminal in Shenzhen, there is a small office outside the immigration hall where you can buy a Visa for China, this is only a single entry Visa and is only valid for one week. (100 HK$). No photo is needed.

    4) When you go by train you will find at the China side just before the immigration a stairs that goes up and there is a small office where you can apply for a China Visa. Again this visa is only valid for one week and it’s a single entry. It takes about 10 minutes and you are on your way. Again no photo needed. It also costs you 100 HK$.

    The last two are much cheaper then number 2. Be careful with option 3 and 4, some one pointed me out that this permit is only valid in the Shenzhen area.

    There are maybe other ways to obtain a Visa for China, but these are the once that I used (except number 3).

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    The most modernized City

    by w3ejijunchen Written Mar 1, 2003

    Favorite thing: ShenZhen, rised from a small fish village beiside the sea, now become China's NO.1 most modernized city. As you walk on the street of Shenzhen, you would feel like you are traveling in a western city.

    Fondest memory: This city is very young and very beautiful. A city is not only Moden with all these tall buliding. With high level of virescence, it is joyble to hanging around the city.

    Shen-Nan Road
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    LuWu Crossing

    by polartraveller Written Feb 27, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Crossing to HongKong is easy, look for this building between the LuWu Commercial complex and teh Shenzhen Train Station and follow the sign/people

    LuWu Crossing to HongKong LuWu (Shenzhen) Train Station LuWu Shopping Complex

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    Statue at Fuyong Town Square

    by victorwkf Written Sep 3, 2006

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    Favorite thing: There is an interesting statue (see photo) at the town square of Fuyong town, located next to Shenzhen airport about 1 hour drive north of Shenzhen city.

    Statue at Fuyong town square, China
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    La Palace

    by o00o Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Not only western tourism attraction, you will be able to see the Grand Palace in Beijing in Shenzen too.

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    L'Arch de Triumph

    by o00o Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Actually this is a 'Mini World' one of the main attraction in SHenzen, a must visit place if you spend oone or two days in this area.

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    Shopping

    by o00o Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Shopping in China would be the best thing to do in China. You will find yourself bargaining as local do hopefully getting something you want in cheaper price.

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    First Sight

    by o00o Written Feb 25, 2003

    Favorite thing: The first thing you would feel is the 'energy, the power' of China. Where people walking around and shouting around for business.

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    Bridge Over Trouble Water

    by o00o Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Across the bridge after Lowoo Station from Hong Kong, you will fine your self at the immigration of China.

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    vigi's General Tip

    by vigi Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Fondest memory: Tung Man (East Gate) shopping area, Shenzhen. I can spend a whole day here: shopping, manicure, massage, etc.

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    Tung Man (East Gate) Shopping Area

    by vigi Written Aug 31, 2002

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    Fondest memory: Tung Man (East Gate) shopping area, Shenzhen. I can spend a whole day here: shopping, manicure, massage, etc.

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