Shenzhen, a modern and beautiful metropolis located in southern China just across the border from Hong Kong, is the world’s largest manufacturing center and China’s richest and most booming Special Economic Zone. Once a small fishing village, Shenzen was chosen as the first of five Special Economic Zones in China by Deng Xiaoping in 1979 as an experiment in limited market capitalism. It is a relatively new city with most of the 14 million residents coming from other areas of China and has an interesting blend of Chinese culture. Although Shenzhen is largely industrial, it offers many tourist attractions, such as Sea World, Window of the World and beach resorts. Check out our Top 9 Things To Do In Shenzhen.
Splendid China – Splendid China is an attraction that has scaled-down replicas of China’s historic buildings, wonderful scenes and folk customs. It includes two areas: Splendid China Miniature Park and China Folk Culture Village. The scale models are in the main in a ratio of 1:15 and the exhibits are positioned to replicate their geographical locations.
Window of the World – Shenzhen Window of The World is China’s largest miniature theme park that integrates vivid replicas of the world’s wonders, historical heritages, famous scenic sites and folk performances. It contains 140 sight spots and divided into nine areas World Square, Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa, America, Modern Science and Technology, Entertainment, Sculpture Park and International Streets. At night there are night shows combined by folk songs.
Dongmen – Very similar to Nanjing Road in Shanghai or Wanggfujing in Beijing, Dongmen is the oldest and the most popular pedestrian shopping district among local residents and travelers. This area, within Luohu District, is a maze of streets with stalls thats sells almost eveything: clothes, shoes, jewellery, hand bags, travel bags and suitcases.
Fairy Lake (Xianhu) Botanical Garden – Situated in the east suburbs of Shenzhen, Fairy Lake Botanical Garden leans against Phoenix Tree Mountain which is the highest peak of Shenzhen. Established in 1983, this is a multifunctional botanical garden integrating scientific research, plant species collection and display as well as tourism. There are over 7,800 species of plants in Fairy Lake Botanical Garden. Due to the abundant species and advantageous climate, the garden is divided into 17 Special Gardens. They are 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. Source: travelchinaguide
Sea World – In the quieter suburb of Shekou, you’ll find Sea World – a popular plaza – not an aquarium as the name suggests. There are a lot of western and European style restaurants, cafes and clubs. It’s also popular for its imported German and Irish beers, and you’ll maybe feel at home in bars like McCawleys, The Tavern and the more upmarket Terrace – all catering for both the Chinese and the large expat community living in this area. Source: saporedicina
Kingkey 100, Financial District – Kingkey 100 is Shenzhen’s tallest skyscraper at 442 meters (1,450 ft) tall. The top four floors are a sky garden with panoramic views of Shenzhen and the countryside. Skyscrapers lovers will enjoy wandering around the financial district as it is full of shiny tall buildings.
Happy Valley – An exciting theme park with roller coasters, a water park, a rapids ride and a multitude of different scary, swing rides.
Hongfa Temple – Located in the Botanical Gardens, Hongfa Temple is the most famous religious site and the only major Buddhist temple in Shenzhen.
Dameisha & Xiaomeisha – Dameisha and Xiaomeisha are two beaches which form the coastal scenic area on the shore of Dapeng Bay in Yantian District. These seaside resorts offers some big hotels, many seafood restaurants, shopping centers and water-sport attractions.
Just So You Know…
- Shenzhen is the first (1978) and most successful of the Special Economic Zones in China. People from all over China compete for the chance to work in Shenzhen. It has a boom economy, and the average age of its citizens is just 28.
- More than half of Shenzhen’s population is under 30 and mostly female. Young women are attracted by the job opportunities. So many young females from the countryside come to Shenzhen that the city has been nicknamed a “paradise of girls.”
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