The sprawling city of Shenzhen holds a number of attractions that add to its tourist value. From entertainment options to parks, this city bustles with tourists as well as locals who love to chill out. For kids and families, there is Sea World, Window of the World and Happy Valley where they can have fun and lots of entertainment. You won’t find many historical attractions in Shenzhen, however, there is Dabeng Fortress, was built in 1394 to defend the mainland from Japanese pirates and later in the 19th century to ward off the British in the Opium Wars. You can also visit the Hakka villages for a more enquiry into the past.
There are a number of parks and villages where you can spend some leisure time such as Shenzhen Mangrove Nature Reserve, Dameisha Beach, and Splendid China Park. From Shenzhen, you can also go to Nashan mountain and Wutong Shan Mountain Area for a longer retreat.
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The Window of the world is a fabulous replica theme park located in the western part of the city of Shenzhen. Spread over 48 hectares, the park is home to replicas of some of the most famous tourist attractions from all over the world. Within a day, you can visit different sites from a dominating 108 metre tall Eiffel tower to the classic Taj mahal, from the majestic roman Colosseum to the historical pyramids and many more. The site can be enjoyed sitting in a gondola that will take you across the mesmerizing canals of Venice. The park hosts various festivals annually like Cherry festival and the Indian Cultural week, it runs many programs during the holiday periods too. The International beer festival organized during the summer holidays is a favourite amongst the visitors. The park offers numerous adventure opportunities to the visitors. You can test your courage, navigating the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, and learn to hunt prey in the lush green woods like the North American Indians. You can enjoy Skiing in the exciting Indoor Alpine Ski run, offering 4,000 square meters of Indoor area to ski. Highlights and must sees include:
A fabulous replica park that has almost all the major tourist attractions from all over the world
108 m Eiffel tower
4,000 sq m Indoor Alpine Ski run
All the major European sites from Colloseum to the beautiful canals of Venice
Splendid China Park is a theme park located at the Overseas Chinese town, Shenzhen. The park’s theme reflects the history, culture, art, architecture and customs of various nationalities. It has scaled down the replicas of China’s historical building and folk customs. One of the world’s largest scenery parks in the amount of scenarios reproduced here, it is developed and managed by China Travel Service. Services of the Architectural specialists and landscape experts who are actually engaged with the conservation work at the actual sites, have been used to attain the apex level of detail in the replicas recreated here. The exhibits are surrounded by pleasant gardens that offer a relaxing walk for the visitors at the site. Apart from the replicas and wonderful scenes, you can see over 50,000 ceramic figures in the different locations at the park. Highlights and must sees include:
One of the world’s largest scenery parks.
Excellent detailed replicas of China’s historical buildings and folk customs.
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Overseas Chinese Town, Nan Shan District, Shenzhen 518053, China.
09:00 am - 10:00 pm
The Happy valley of Shenzhen is a large modern theme park in Nanshan district of China. Spread over 3,50,000 square meters, the park boasts of tremendous quantities of exciting amusements to satisfy the adventurous desires of people of all the ages. The entire park consists of nine areas, each based on a different theme. Spanish square, Cartoon city, Mt. Adventure, Gold mine town, Shangri-la woods, Sunshine beach, Typhoon bay, Playa Maya water park and Happy times are the nine areas that open a world of incredible excitement to the visitors at the park. Besides these the park hosts around 100 exciting games for adults and children and excellent. Excellent magic, acrobatics and extreme sports performances are presented at the site.
The most interesting place in the Happy valley is the Playa Maya Water park, based on the ancient Maya culture and depicting the beauty of its water scenery. It opens from May 1st to October 7th and offers the visitors an experience of the exciting primitive and mysterious civilizations. Highlights and must sees include:
A modern theme park, spread over 3,50,000 square meters.
Nine areas based on different themes (Spanish square, Cartoon city, Mt. Adventure, Gold mine town, Shangri-la woods, Sunshine beach, Typhoon bay, Playa Maya water park and Happy times).
Around 100 exciting games for young and old to participate.
Excellent Magic, acrobatics and extreme sports performances.
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DaMeiSha, Shenzhen, China.
09:00 am - 06:30 pm
OCT East (Overseas Chinese town east) is a leisure tourist resort combining natural and artificial landscapes and many attractions. Located in Dameisha, Shenzhen, it is spread over 9 square km and offers luxury hotels, golf courses, sports facilities, concert arenas and amusement parks. OCT East consists of two major theme parks; The Ecoventure valley and the Tea stream resort valley. The Ecoventure valley consists of five main theme areas: the Breakers lagoon, the Seafield village, the Rapids forest, Adventure Canyon and the Peak highland. There is also a splendid giant waterfall at the entrance of the Ecoventure valley, which is the largest seashore waterfall in China. The tea stream resort valley has 4 different themed areas: the Ancient tea town, Interlaken, the Wetland garden and the Sanzhou tea garden. The theme areas also boast of a water golf driving range, an indoor tennis stadium with an opening roof, and the OCT East theatre. Highlights and must sees include:
A leisure tourist complex spread over 9 square km.
The Ecoventure valley: Breakers lagoon, the Seafield village, the Rapids forest, Adventure Canyon and the Peak highland.
The Giant waterfall, China’s largest seashore waterfall.
The Tea stream resort valley: the Ancient tea town, Interlaken, the Wetland garden and the Sanzhou tea garden.
Water golf driving range, an indoor tennis stadium and the OCT East theatre.
The Aqua Show: water-based music and dance show every night.
Dameisha Beach area, sprawling 1.8 km in length, is Shenzhen city’s longest beach. The beautiful beach has golden sands and a blue sea that sets off the white sails of the boats under a sky dotted with white clouds. ‘Wave surfing’ on the Dameisha beach is one of the most popular spots in Shenzhen. The beach has many functional zones in the park, like swimming zone, sports zone, amusement zone and BBQ zone. It has several groups of themed sculptures that depict the aspirations of a better life of the unstable ‘Drifting generation’ of the 1940s-80s. These sculptures though representing stories of the young people, who had unstable jobs and insecure living conditions, have now become a symbol of happiness in the scenic area. The ‘Water slide on Ropeway’ offers a challenging sport in the occidental area for the adventure enthusiasts at the Dameisha beach. Highlights and must sees include:
Shenzhen city’s longest beach
Dameisha Beach park with over 50 kinds of subtropical trees.
Swimming zone, sports zone, amusement zone and BBQ zone
Water slide on a Ropeaway
Themed sculptures that depict the aspirations of the ‘Drifting generation’ of the 1940s-80s.
Shekou Sea World is an exciting hotel and entertainment area designed around the ship ‘Minghua’. The Ship was a luxury yacht belonging to the then French president, Charles De Gaulle. In 1973, the ship was permanently anchored at Shekou and renamed ‘Minghua’ from ‘Anceveller’.
With a height of 9 decks and a length of 168 meters, the Sea world at Shekou now boasts of a 3-D cinema, a four-star hotel, a nightclub, a 1000 m2 lobby, a 2000 m2 Café Lounge and a fully-equipped gymnasium. Along with the Sea World Café Bars, the site also has X-Ta-Sea, which has pool tables, foosball, live sports on display and live music from Tuesday to Saturday. The site is lit up festively during the evenings and the seats are designed to look like whale tails. The Sea world is full of life and excitement and continues to attract hordes of foreign and domestic tourists regularly. Highlights and must sees include:
An exciting hotel and entertainment area designed around a former luxury ship ‘Minghua’.
International restaurants, coffee shops, bars and interesting gift shops.
3-D cinema, a Four-star hotel, a nightclub, a 2000 m2 Café Lounge and a fully-equipped gymnasium.
In the early 1990’s a group of about twenty artists under the leadership of the painter and businessman Huang Jiang took up residence in the Dafen suburb of Shenzhen. The painters specialized in the making of large numbers of detailed replicas of famous oil paintings by the masters of the craft such as Van Gogh, Dali, da Vinci, Rembrandt and Warhol. With increase in demand of the replicas of the famous paintings in the market, the number of artists also increased. Now, many artists are trained at art academies in the required crafts and techniques to produce a large number of replicas daily. Currently, you can buy both originals and replicas at the village; it is made clear by the sellers that the paintings are replicas. Highlights and must sees include:
Painters specialized in the making replicas of famous oil paintings.
Replicas of the works of the masters such as Van Gogh, Dali, da Vinci, Rembrandt and Warhol.
You can commission the originals as well at lower prices.
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Bank of Shenzhen Bay, Futian District,Shenzhen 524448, China.
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Shenzhen Mangrove Nature Reserve is a bird’s nature reserve, located on the north-eastern coast of Shenzhen Bay. Covering around 368 hectares of area, it is the only nature reserve that is located in urban area and is the smallest one in China. The nature reserve has around 1,00,000 migratory birds coming here to migrate in winters. In addition to the Mangrove in the protection area, there are around 55 other species of plants at the site. The place is regarded as a green corridor of the Shenzhen city, with a wide range of beautiful coastal road and fused with the coastal ecological park. The site is a popular destination for cycling enthusiasts, as it can be best accessed and enjoyed on cycles. The Shenzhen Mangrove Nature Reserve has gradually become famous among the tourists from home and abroad.
‘Mini protected area’, China’s only nature reserve located in an urban setting.
Over 189 kind of migratory birds, 1,00,000 in number, visit the site in winters for refuge.
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Overseas Chinese City, Shennan Avenue, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 518000, China.
10:00 am - 09:30 pm
Chinese Folk culture village, located adjacent to the Splendid China theme park, features displays of the daily life and architecture of China’s 56 ethnic groups. Spread over an area of 2,00,000 square meters, the Chinese folk culture village, has 24 peculiar cottages that welcome the visitors to the site. You can witness distinctive architecture of different ethnic groups from all over China and buy some handicrafts or taste some local snacks at the site. If you visit the culture village at a right time, you will be able to experience some unique festivals of the local tribes. The Water-splashing festival of the Dai people’s, The Torch festival of the Yi group and the most popular of the lot, the Knife Bar festival of the Lisu ethnic group, are some of the major festivals that you can enjoy on a visit to the Culture village. Highlights and must sees include:
Displays of the daily life and architecture of China’s 56 ethnic groups.
24 peculiar cottages that welcome the visitors.
The Torch festival of the Yi group and the Knife Bar festival of the Lisu ethnic group.
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Dongmen Middle Road, Shenzhen, China
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dong Men Pedestrian Street is one of the traditional Chinese shopping districts and also one of the oldest. The Dong men area was established about 300 years ago, and span block by block, leading it to be alternatively known as "Laojie" (or "Old Street"). The market is flooded with men’s and women’s garments, shoes, gems, totes, travel sacks and bags. The conventional business markets can be found down back roads and inside the few multi level wholesale shopping centers, for example, the Foreign Trade Clothing City, Baima White Horse Clothing Wholesale Mall or the Junma Fashion Wholesale Market. The place is vibrant, teaming with life, and they’re packed with keen sellers waiting to do deals. These traditional market places have soul, and character, and the Dongmen market area of Shenzhen is no different.
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5016 Shennan E Rd, Luohu, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Kingkey 100, also known as KK100 and Kingkey Finance Center Plaza, is a skyscraper in Shenzhen, China. Located about one kilometre north of the border between Mainland China and Hong Kong, the area is often described as the ‘Financial district’ of Shenzhen. This multipurpose building stands 1,449 Ft tall and consists of 100 floors for office and hotel space. Out of the 100 floors, 68 are used for Class-A office space and 22 floors are used for 6-Star business hotel. There are several restaurants and garden on the top four floors of the building. There is also a water fountain and an observation deck near the top. The Kingkey 100 is currently the tallest building in Shenzhen and 14th tallest building in the world. Highlights and must sees include:
Kingkey 100: 1,449 Ft tall, Shenzhen’s tallest and Worlds 14th tallest building.
100 floors of office and hotel space.
68 floors used for Class-A office space.
St Regis Hotel – a 6-star hotel occupying 22 floors.
Restaurants and garden on the top four floors of the building.
Water fountain and an observation deck near the top.
KK Mall adjacent to KK100 – Luxury brand stores, restaurants and Shenzhen’s 1st IMAX cinema.
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Maozai Village, Yantian District, Shenzhen518114, China
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Wutong Mountain is the tallest mountain in the Pearl River delta. The Wutong Mountain National park, considered as the Mecca for Shenzhen hikers and climbers, has always been a recognised beauty spot. At the age of Ming Dynasty it was included in the 8 great views of Xin’an County and was praised by the poets in their writings. There are several routes to the top varying significantly in difficulty, as well as either the larger or the smaller mountain to climb. Small Wutong can take around 2 hours to reach the top and provides nice views of Luoho, Futian and distant Nanshan. The Big Wutong can take a lot longer than this and is also much harder to climb.
It is an unforgettable experience both for the sense of achievement when you reach the top and also for the stunning scenic beauty you get to witness along the climb. The night view from the summit over the city set against the sweep of Shenzhen Bay is spectacular.
Highlights and must sees include:
Over 900 meters, the tallest mountain in the Pearl River delta
Considered as the Mecca for Shenzhen hikers and climbers
Included in the 8 great views of Xin’an County by the Ming Dynasty
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No.6007 Shennan Avenue, Futian ,Shenzhen 518040, China
08:30 am - 05:30 pm
Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Centre, formerly known as Huizhanzhongxin Station, is an interchange station of Shenzhen Metro Luobao line and Longhua line. Located at the underground of the junction of Fuhua Lu and Zhongxin Erlu in the downtown area of the city, it started functioning on 28 December 2004. The convention and exhibition center has 9 exhibition halls on the first floor and 25 meeting rooms and a function hall. It gives access to the Central walk shopping mall, the Sheraton Futian and the Shangri-la Futian Hotels. With excellent location and accessibility, the place holds most of the exhibitions that happen in Shenzhen.
Highlights and must sees include:
An interchange station of Shenzhen Metro Luobao line and Longhua line.
9 exhibition halls, 25 meeting rooms and a function hall.
Access to the Central walk shopping mall, the Sheraton Futian and the Shangri-la Futian Hotels.
Holds most of the exhibitions that happen in Shenzhen.
<p>Xianhu Botanical Garden, also known as the Fairy lake botanical garden is situated in the east suburbs of Shenzhen, adjacent to the Phoenix Tree Mountain. Spread over 588 hectares, the Botanical garden was established in 1983 and serves as a multifunctional botanical garden integrating scientific research, plant species collection and tourism. There are over 7,800 species of plants in the garden. A plant sample exhibition hall is also established, with over 70,000 samples on display, in order to develop the botanical garden. Due to the abundant species and suitable climate, the garden is divided into 17 special gardens: The Butterfly Orchid Garden, Rare Plant Garden, Palm Plant Garden, Bamboo Garden, Peach Garden, Shade Plant Garden, Desert Landscape Garden, Aquatic Plant Garden, Miniascape Garden etc. The whole garden includes 6 main landscape areas: Paradise on Earth Area, Lake Area, Temple Area, Desert Landscape Area, Fossil Forest Area and Pine and Azalea Area.Apart from these there are many Chinese classic garden buildings distributed in these areas like the Jade Belt Bridge, Liangyi Pavilion, Lansheng Pavilion and Longzhun Tower. Gifted with lush green lawns and rich floral heritage, the Xianhu Botanical garden offers a wonderful experience to the visitors, combining the beautiful nature and garden landscape. Highlights and must sees include:Botanical garden spread over 588 hectares.Over 7,800 species of plants in the garden.Plant sample exhibition hall with over 70,000 samples on display.Garden divided into 17 special gardens.6 main landscape areas: Paradise on Earth Area, Lake Area, Temple Area, Desert Landscape Area, Fossil Forest Area and Pine and Azalea Area.Chinese classic garden buildings: Jade Belt Bridge, Liangyi Pavilion, Lansheng Pavilion and Longzhun Tower.
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No.6 Tongxin Road, Futian District, Shenzhen 518040, China
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Shenzhen Museum has interesting and insightful facts, which revolves around the Shenzhen city. The place is China’s only nonprofit contemporary art organization, which works for public and spreads knowledge, carrying out patriotic education, and is connected to a national art museum.
In order to educate chidlren’s natural scientific knowledge, there are natural resources available around them, from different shapes of animal specimens, to educate them to love nature and protect natural environment. It is dedicated to produce projects and events pivoted on visual art, but also includes live arts, Music, films and multimedia presentations. It has built a good rest place with a cultural style.