Visit Shenzhen - Best of Shenzhen

Picturesque skylines, bustling port and an adept economic centre is what Shenzhen greets its tourists with. Located in the Guangdong province of China, it is the third largest and one of the most populous cities of the country. It is renowned as the first Economic zone of China, thus attracting more people seeking employment day by day. Although it isn’t stuffed with a lot of historical heritage, it manages to make place in the trip planners of vacationers with a number of theme parks and cultural villages.

The earliest settlements in the region date back to the ancient times. The reign of Han Dynasty rulers turned it into a salt monopoly in the country. Out-bound trade towards India, Byzantine and Arabian regions flourished during the 4th century, making it one of the major commercial centres in the country. Over the years, Southern Song Dynasty and Ming Dynasty strongly influenced the human inhabitations in the region. Only in the latter’s period, evidences show that the name Shenzhen was first used. In 1980, it was officially announced as the first among the five SEZs, the reason being its vicinity to Hong Kong. Eventually, it became one of the biggest manufacturing bases in the world.

Most of the city is a concrete forest with searing high-rises that include both corporate facilities and residential areas. The streets are wide with small stores and cafés on the either side to cater to the needs of the citizens and tourists. The in-flow of population from various regions across China resulted in the diversification of the culture and cuisines. As a result, Shenzhen offers a lot of activities to do and events to take part in.

The tourism of Shenzhen is quite different from any other typical tourist destination. There are not many ancient places to visit in the city. However, Shenzhen makes up for it with numerous amusing theme parks and folk centres that emphasize on disseminating the historical and cultural information of China. Also, the soothing sea-side resorts and attractive beaches help you relax.

The itineraries of this one Chinese city will give you a feel of knowing various people and their culture from across the whole country due to its diversity. You also get to eat the delicacies of eight different cuisines in addition to the signature local dishes like Kejia.

So, experience a different kind of holiday this time by including Shenzhen to your vacation Planner.

Shenzhen Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Shenzhen tips for your visit

  • If you’re travelling in summer, be sure to carry sunblock to protect yourself from the heat. Also, carry raingear so that you’ll be prepared for the unexpected rains.

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Shenzhen Tours for you

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Shenzhen

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  • Shenzhen Private Tour with Dapeng Fortress
    Shenzhen Private Tour with Dapeng Fortress New on TripHobo

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    Take a "Find Shenzhen Tour" to Dapeng Ancient Town, the Crane Hakka Museum, Dafen Oil Painting Village or the ...

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  • Save 9% Coach Day Tour: Shenzhen City Overview
    Coach Day Tour: Shenzhen City Overview New on TripHobo

    Duration: 8 Hrs

    Shenzhen used to be an insignificant fishing village in the 1980's; however, today it has transformed into one of the major c...

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  • Save 7% Coach Day Tour: Xiaomeisha Beach
    Coach Day Tour: Xiaomeisha Beach New on TripHobo

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    XiaomeishaBeachis one of the most beautiful beaches in Shenzhen with palm trees swaying over a white-sand beach, lush tropica...

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Facts and Stats for Shenzhen*

  • Pollution Statistics in Shenzhen

    Know the pollution level of Shenzhen before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 61.4 (High)
    • Water Pollution 73.47 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 61.76 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 48.04 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 55.39 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 49.5 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 50.93 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 23.53 (Low)
  • Shenzhen: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Shenzhen for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Shenzhen.

    • Burglary and Theft 54.95 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 58.5 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 55.94 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 72.98 (High)
    • Car Stealing 55.25 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 59.16 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 55.69 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 56.93 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 46.29 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 36.88 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 57.75 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 52.72 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 61.14 (High)
  • Living in Shenzhen - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Shenzhen is 96.73 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 41.05 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 83.62 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 67.05 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 30 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 44.56 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 46.99 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 39.79 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 83.7 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Shenzhen

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Shenzhen

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.06 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.7 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 42.61 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 82.57 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 64.49 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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