Shenzhen - Do & See
This most cosmopolitan of Chinese cities is all about modernity. From great food, shopping and clubbing to stunning vistas across to Hong Kong, you won’t be bored. The city is large and sprawling but the metro system is simple, efficient and goes to most of the venues on your tick-off list.
Overseas Chinese Town
Overseas Chinese Town at Shenzhen bay lies a 35-40 minute ride from Lo Wu metro station on Line 1 to Shijiezhichuang metro. The Happy Line monorail can whisk you to the main theme parks and other tourist facilities.
Window of the World
Shenzhen Window of the World is a microcosm of the world’s most famous landmarks. In one afternoon the tour takes you to more than a 100 models including the Eiffel Tower, the pyramids, Cambodia’s Angkor Kwat and the Taj Mahal. It’s even got a 4,000 square meter indoor Alpine ski run. Festivals through the year are regular, including a beer festival in the summer and a dance festival in December.
This theme park with a scale map of China with all of the country’s most famous landmarks is set on a 30 hectare site. Xian’s terracotta army, Sichuan’s Leshan Buddha and of course the Great Wall are all here. It just might give you a few more ideas beyond the classic staples of a China mainland tour. The park includes two areas, the Miniature Park and the China Folk Culture Village.
Folk Culture Village
Any notion of one homogeneous nation is quickly dispelled at Folk Culture Village. Some 50 plus ethnic groups including the Naxi from Yunnan and the Uighur from Mongolia are recreated by more than 500 performers depicting their lives, costumes, customs, songs and languages.
A Disney-style water wonderland with thrilling rides and other water-related activities. There are nine different areas in total, each boasting its own theme, these are the Spanish Square, Mt. Adventure, Shangri-La Woods, Cartoon City, Gold Mine Town,, Sunshine Beach, Playa Maya Water Park, Typhoon Bay and Happy Times.
Dameisha Coastal park
Near the OTC, Dameisha Coastal Park has exceptional sandy beaches with warm water virtually all year round and spectacular panoramic views with encircling mountains and Hong Kong in the distance.
Chung Ying Street
This 250 metres long, 4 meters wide street is certainly one of the more interesting ways to cross from Hong Kong to Shekou town in Shenzhen. One side of the street literally belongs to Hong kong, and the other to Mainland China.
Di Wang Building
Take the lift to the 68th floor for the best panorama of the ever-expanding city centre. The Di Wang Building is the fifth largest in China and still in the World’s top 10 tallest buildings.
If you want a bit of greenery, this is your best bet downtown. Located off Hongling Lu, it’s focal point is a lake with tea houses in attendance.
Home to a multitude of artworks focusing on calligraphy. The second floor hosts the exhibition hall of ancient Shenzhen, divided into The Predecessor’s Footmark, Beginning of the City, Marine Economy, An Important Strategic Town on Coastal Defence and Ancient Immigration.
Soviet aircraft, Russian folk dancing and the centre point itself, the battleship Minsk, might seem slightly incongruous in south China but the military theme park sure makes for an interesting outing.
He Xiangning Art Museum
He Xiangning Art Museum was named after a highly appreciated female painter. The central government constructed the art gallery to represent the traditions and culture of the Chinese people.
The 600 year old fortress located approximately 90 minutes from Shenzhen can be a welcome antidote to the city’s modernity. It still retains much of its original character as a walled military village, to protect against pirates.