Shenzhen Travel Guide

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Shenzhen Highlights

  • Pro
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     close to Hong Kong, cleaner than other large cities 

  • Con
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     english only for shopping time - lost spirit 

  • In a nutshell
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     Its one of the cheapest shopping destination 

Shenzhen Things to Do

  • Window of the World

    My wife waited in line for an hour to be turned away at the door of a ride because she wasn't allowed to bring her purse, even though all the other women who entered the ride had purses, and nowhere was this rule written. Not only that, I walked over to hold her purse for her, which took about 45 seconds, and that was already too late. She wasn't...

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  • Splendid China

    It is a theater Dance and Music show. The performance is in a many episodes to present the cultural of all ethnic groups in China. It is a colorful show. Because of watching the show, our dinner is delayed to after the show.

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  • Minsk World

    Minsk World is a military theme park with the former USSR aircraft carrier Minsk as main exhibit. Around the park are some MIG fighters and artillery pieces too. After crossing the border at Lo Wu station I went by the tourist info office and picked up a brochure. It was helpful since I showed it to the taxi draver and the address was in Chinese....

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Shenzhen Restaurants

  • The Kitchen Futian

    Not quite as polished as the website would suggest, this restaurant can be found in the upmarket Coco Park area of Futian District, Shenzhen. I saw several rats scuttling about the decking outside in the area I sat on a sunny December lunchtime. Always interesting being the first customers of the day as you get an insight into how places are really...

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  • Fresh food Prepared Tableside!

    This wonderful "Benihana" like restaurant is located next to the Sheraton in Shenzhen so it is convenient to get to. It had a full crowd on a Thursday night, but still room for seating with no wait. We were brought to the second level which looks over the first. The restaurant has many large square grill tables that 7 + people sit around in private...

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  • Bangers & Mash?

    Something similar to the Paulaner chain of restaurants, a sausage/beer themed European eatery that caters to hearty lunch or dinner menus. One of the nicest spots to sit and dine at the Dameisha beach resort, the restaurant can be found within the Dameisha outlets lake park. The inside of the restaurant is actually very small and quite dark. There...

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Shenzhen Nightlife

  • Live Music, great people, great...

    Thursday night is open mic night, with 15+ different local musicicans playing music or doing spoken work it's hard not to get into the fun mood. Fridays and Saturdays have more live music with different rotating acts playing very cool, not to mainstream poppy tunes!The food is also awesome and a huge selection of beers! Casual

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  • Live Band from Aussie

    Live band from Australia... Nice for chilling out after crazy week of heavy loading work! Smart casual, please! Or you may find yourself not fit the place.

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  • Music and Night...

    This is one of the longest established pub in Sehnzhen, it opened in 1999 two years after Hong Kong returned to China. Many celabs from Hong Kong liked to visit here or one of their chains. The pub itself is not very big especially the pool. It separates into two parts, one is night club where you can enjoy light meals and singing; the other is...

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Shenzhen Transportation

  • Sleeper Bus from Shenzhen Luohu to...

    On 20.12.12 morning, I went to Luohu to check out the night bus from Shenzhen to Xiamen. Initially, I was looking for Qiaoshe Long-Distant Bus Station at Luohu West Square. I was asking for the direction to the bus station, but the guy directed me to this bus agency office that sell long-distant bus tickets to Xiamen. So, it turned out I bought a...

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  • Shenzhen to Hong Kong (Border Crossing)

    I took the metro to Luohu Station and planned to cross the border to Hong Kong on the 31st Dec 2012. When I arrived Luohu station, exit A and followed the signboard leading me to Luohu port (China Immigration). Before I reached the China Immigration, I passed by shops, restaurants, and travel agencies that sell tickets for HK attractions including...

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  • Shenzhen Baoan International Airport

    Shenzhen is a cheaper gateway by flights to other part of China like Shanghai, Chengdu, Beijing and etc. You can book cheap flight through www.elong.net, pay through internet, and pick up the ticket at the airport counter before you check-in. (Written 2005)Shenzhen Baoan International Airport is not a huge airport, but a modern Chinese Airport that...

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Shenzhen Shopping

  • Never Pay Full Price!

    Ask when you see a small shop that has things you like if they have more, and you may find a great deal! A lot of little shops have a back room where they keep the good stuff. If you discreetly ask the manager they may lead you to their other area for more great deals on designer items. Every single shop we bought at we haggled for the price, never...

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  • Big name brands on the beach

    "Famous brand. Unexpensive. Have great time." reads the bumf."Happy. Shopping. Love" or "Travel. Leisure. Shopping" are not far behind. It seems there are three phrases to suit everybody's needs. Dameisha outlets is a small upmarket island shopping precinct surrounded by water, close to the main attractions of the beach area and hotels. Some very...

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  • Coco Park

    Beware! Coco Park is not a park. It is a paved area of concrete dystopia.If you like shopping then you will love Coco Park. It is many top brands and many services and amenities within a small space. Somewhere to spend half a day or longer and the opportunity to try international foods and conveniences as much as you like. Where high street meets...

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Shenzhen Local Customs

  • Miss?! Xiaojie?! NONONO!!!

    If you are a Mandarin speaker, you might have known that xiao-jie (Miss) is a proper way to call a young lady, but NOT in China. Shenzhen is an open-minded city with the influence from Hong Kong, still need to be aware to call a young lady xiao-jie. If you are in a restaurant, just call waitress Fu-wu-yuan and it's for both male and female....

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  • Regular Customers

    It has to be said! In spite of all the bad reports and messages about the Shenzhen shopping district LuoHu/Lo Wu there is some good, too.When dealing in advanced order there are some wonderful retail shops, too! Working with design clothes for casino dancers my brother found someone who has good products and stuff in his shop in Shenzhen. He became...

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  • Azalea - Shenzhen Symbol

    As the orchid is the city flower of Singapore the azalea has been selected as the symbol flower of Shenzhen. This flower with strong vitality and named Baojin, too, got so popular because she looks sparkling, bubbling with red, purple, and yellow brilliance.You can find this flower all over the place. For one moment I thought the azalea has been...

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Shenzhen Warnings and Dangers

  • Avoid border crossing at Luo Hu on...

    I arrived Shenzhen from HK via MTR on Friday. It was calm even though I was delayed slightly for the visa. The next day (Saturday) on my return to HK, things changed tremendously. Just remember that you need to pass through two immigration checks - Chinese and HK, and finally another que for the tickets. BTW, Chinese immigration separates the...

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  • Shekou district is being dug up! Update

    The area called Taizi, Prince, Plaza was a nice little place where vendors could go to sell goods at night. Moms would take their kids to roller-blade. Now it is completely torn up and will be for 2 years. They are constructing new buildings to take the place of the plaza.What does that mean for you? If you are planning to stay in a local hotel,...

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  • Fake money

    There has been an increased number of fake 50 RMB bills (green color), many from taxi drivers from airport or on night shifts. When you get changes back from taxi drivers, insist on 10/20 RMB bills (and older ones) and do not accept new green color 50 RMB bills.Also take down driver's name plate numeber and vehicle lic just in case you have to call...

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Shenzhen Tourist Traps

  • It's not fake money...

    Before i visit shenzhen,i read about tips and dangers from VT, the most common things VT's members said is about Fake money,when i went there by my self i always double check the money that i receive from the shop and from the taxi driver,luckily all the money i've been received is not fake. But there is another problem,we must know how to...

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  • cheap manicure missy?

    One of the must things to do when Shenzhen is take advantage of the cheap beauty services such as manicure, pedicure, foot massage, etc. When in Luohu Commercial City, you'll come across ladies saying cheap manicure, missy. only rmb20. While that is true though, once you get in, the nail specialist (usually a teenager guy with spiky, colored hair)...

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  • Windows of the World

    Its a miniature of landmarks around the world. The 5 continents seem to be represented from what I remember. There's the pyramids, the manhattan skyline, the great wall, eiffel tower, leaning tower of pisa etc etc. It was built for tourists. Yawn. Maybe good for the usual photos. Skip the place. Not worth it.

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Shenzhen What to Pack

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    by m1nkey Updated Mar 18, 2007

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Travel light, you will have to carry everything with you through customs, and there will probably be a long line. Most Hotels have a great laundry service. Take an umbrella, southern China is tropical.

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Shenzhen Off The Beaten Path

  • Bus ride to Shenzhen

    It was the bus ride from Kaiping to Shenzhen. If you search on google maps, the roads between the destinations are built to cross many rivers and ocean. It was a scenic ride as you could see small islands, villages by the rivers, buffaloes working in a paddy field, clear sky and etc.

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  • Grilled food stall in front of Green...

    There was a grill stall that opened for supper just in front of the convenient store beside the Green Oasis Hotel, we love the food there!!! They had a variety of vegetables, seafood to choose from, not to mention chicken, pork and offal too. The grilled food are served with hot and numbing pepper and spices - be sure not to miss this if you are...

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  • Queen Spa & Dining

    This is a huge Spa & Dining facility in Shenzhen. First, when you enter the facility, someone will greet you and take you to the locker area. It starts with the huge public SPA pool, Male rubbing area, showers, sauna and steam room on level B1. After a shower, a staff will give you a pyjamas so you can continue to enjoy the facilities on other...

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Shenzhen Sports & Outdoors

  • Bird Watching in Shen Zhen

    The best place to do a bird watching here is at the mangrove reserve in Futian District near Shenzhen Bay. During migration season, more than 100,000, or a total of 194 species can be seen here.How to go there: Take the ShenZhen Metro and get off at Qiao Cheng Dong stop, take exit “A”, then walk towards west for 2 minutes, turn right when seeing a...

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  • Olympic Ice Skating Arena in Shen Zhen

    I'm no Peggy Fleming but I do love the Olympic size ice skating rink at the MixC shopping mall, which is incidentally the largest shopping mall around here.How to go there: By Shenzhen Metro, 3 stops from Lowu, alight at Da Ju Yuan. Where: MixC is located to Shenzhen's tallest structure, Diwang Building.Tip: Thursday is Ladies Night (!) so there's...

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  • ice skating in mixc

    It may not snow in Shenzhen but this city has ice skating available year round. Thanks to the ice skating rink in posh mall MixC. Prices range from 40 to 60 rmb per hour. if you're a newbie and you dont have your own pair of ice skating shoes, no worry because they're available for rent here.

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Shenzhen Favorites

  • Nostalgia

    Since I am here to work, I am about to live here for a long time before I can go back home from my annual leave. I think I am a very sensitive person, whenever I see something that reminds me of my home, my first and second ones, I just feel happy, and of course nostalgic. Thanks to a huge amount of Taiwanese working in Shenzhen, I can easily find...

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  • Cantonese Restaurant?!

    ShenZhen is the only place in Guan Dong province that Mandarin is dominant language. That means more emigrants than the local, and I am among one of them. Hunanese and Henanese are the largest two group of emigrants. So if you are here looking for a delicious Cantonese restaurant, you are doomed to be disappointed. Here you can try Hunan dishes,...

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  • Souvenirs

    We have been too short in Shenzhen to tell you more about the city of Shenzhen. So let's keep to my main experience: LuoHu Shopping Area.Even if you donot agree with your own greedy mood, just experience the greed of all tourists around. You will be amazed ...Well, I got amazed, and slowly I entered the funny crossroad of "thinking and doing"...

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