Coming to Shenzhen? Whether to live or for a short trip, these are the top must-see attractions, shopping destinations, and things to do when visiting Shenzhen. I’ll break them up into categories starting with nature and then, history, theme parks, shopping, look-outs, and finish up with Arts & Culture.
At first glance, Shenzhen seems to be not much more than a modern metropolis, but a short bus ride can take you to see the many amazing natural attractions it also offers. Here are five highlights
- Lychee Park
- Shenzhen Xianhu Fairy Lake Botanical Garden
- The Dapeng Peninsula inc. Xichong Beach, Daimeisha, Dongchong and Sanmen Island.
- Phoenix Mountain of Shenzhen
- Mt Wutong
Shenzhen is not a big player in the ancient Chinese history stakes, but there are a few small sites which are interesting
- Shenzhen Museum
- Dapeng Fortress
- Hongfa Temple
- Nantou Ancient City
- Hakka Folk Customs Museum
- Chiwan Tianhou Temple
Shenzhen is China’s theme park capital. The pick is probably OCT East, it’s massive, and being near Daimeisha, Shenzhen’s beach holiday destination makes this an area you could easily spend a few days at.
- OCT East
- Window of the World
- Happy Valley
- Splendid China
- Shenzhen Safari Park
- Xiaomeisha Ocean World
- Evergreen Resort
- Alps World
The city offers shoppers a lot of options, from wholesale markets, through to high-end luxury malls, it’s got the lot. On your first trip, here are the must-see destinations:
If I had to pick one area, I would probably choose Huaqiangbei, it’s got everything, malls, markets, wholesale, retail.
Get a view of the city at one of these amazing lookouts.
- KK 100 – go to the hotel and take the elevator to the viewing deck (cafe)
- Meridian View Centre at Diwang
- Shenzhen Lianhuashan Park – an easy walk up to the Deng Xiaoping Statue with a view over Futian.
Art & Culture
- Da Fen Oil Painting Village
- OCT LOFT (and the nearby OCT Art and Design Gallery)
- Shenzhen Citizen’s Art Gallery
- F 518 Idea Land
That’s probably a bunch more than 20, but hey, more the merrier 🙂
Shenzhen Attraction Map
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