Scenic landscapes, beautiful beaches, rivers, suburban parks, world-renowned theme parks, dozens of historic relics- these are the attractions of Shenzhen China. Few metropolises in the world can boast of integrating natural beauty with man-made architecture. You could either take a couple of single day air, cruise or train trips from Hong Kong or if you wish to do full justice, stay in Shenzhen to enjoy its attractions.
Commence your tour plan by taking a peep into Shenzhen's past. Read through different Shenzhen tourist attractions and mark down places of interest. Choose where you would like to go and what you would like to do to make your holiday an unforgettable experience.
Surrounded by mountains and facing the sea, Shenzhen's mild climate as well as plentiful sunshine and rainfall all year round is favorable for tourist outdoor activities. Shenzhen is located at the estuary of the Pearl River. The location is often influenced by typhoons during May to December, particularly during July and September.
Taking into account the natural happenings beyond human control, September to early October is a comfortable time to visit Shenzhen. A series of celebrations are held during this period. In case, you wish to be part of the China Hi-Tech Fair, make plans to visit Shenzhen during the second week of October. Every year, the fair is held between 12th to the 17th of October.
Shenzhen - mirror image of Hong Kong
Shenzhen, China is an example of the stupendous economic growth of China. In the eyes of the world, Shenzhen is the cradle of China's industrial revolution. The free market reforms were experimented in 1978. Today, Shenzhen takes pride in being the first city to experience the explosive economic growth in China. Shenzhen is an example of dramatic social, cultural and economic transformation from a tiny fishing village to a modern metropolis with towering skyscrapers.
The distance between Shenzhen and Hong Kong is hardly 30 kms. The language, culture, dialect and economic growth are the same as Hong Kong. Hence, a dual currency system, both Hong Kong dollar as well as Chinese Renminbi RMB (also referred as Yuan) can be used.
Window on the world: Is a sincere attempt to integrate and present the world's most famous attractions in miniature. Often tourists like to revisit the place the very next day as a day trip may not be sufficient to enjoy the entire theme park totally. Replicas of world's wonders, historical heritages and famous scenic sites in miniature sizes that have been artificially created can be seen in this park.
The entire masterpiece is built at ratios of 1:1, 1:5 or 1:15 in a total area of 480,000 square kilometers. It is a collection based on continents of the world and the nations. Some of the never-to-miss attractions are 108-meter-high Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Niagara Falls in Ontario Canada, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, the ancient Egyptians Pyramids, the 108 stone pillars and the 1680-square-meter relief walls delineating the human evolution.
As the sun sets, there is an evening parade called 'carnival night'. The whole place wears a party look. Traditional dances and performances take place. Restaurants that offer multi-cuisine samples from France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Russia will make your visit all the more enjoyable. There are shops that sell all kinds of souvenirs special to different destinations of the world.
Splendid China: Is a window of China's history, culture art and architecture. This is a fun entertainment complex spread over 30 hectares. A visit to Splendid China provides insight into the history, culture, art, ancient architecture and the customs and habits of various nationalities in China. The Great Wall of China, the delicate gardens of Suzhou and over 100 major tourist attractions of China are reproduced on a scale of 1 to 15. Apart from understanding certain interesting aspects of China, you can also shop for an array of unique handicrafts from the traditional shopping street. If you wish to relish different traditional Chinese cuisine, visit the restaurant area.
The Fairy Lake Botanical gardens: Is a perfect getaway for nature lovers who are tired of viewing the rest of the concrete city. More than 3,000 exotic varieties of plants and flowers are spread across a total area of 590 hectares. The garden is segregated into six scenic spots including lake, temple, desert, fossil forest, plants and flowers. A plant research institute is also part of the garden.
Shiyanhu Hot Spring Holiday Villa: Is an ideal place to relax and unwind. The villa has a beautiful lake and an ancient Yulu hot spring. Those who suffer from rheumatism will benefit from stepping in the hot spring, which is filled with minerals and herbs. Outdoor activities such as motor boating, horse riding, tennis, archery and skiing can keep you busy any time during the day.
Happy Valley: Is a full-service amusement park with adventure games, rides and amusement areas, entertainment centers, catering centers, shopping malls along with accommodation facility. Happy Valley consists of nine major projects, including a Spanish Square, Cartoon City, the Adventure Hill, and the Maya Water Park spread across a total area of 170,000 sq meters. Children would love being here in the cartoon town. The adventure hill features a exciting and thrilling water ride in which the riders will be propelled 60 meters into mid air before plummeting back to earth. Maya Beach is a water park with artificial wave pools. There is also an in-house theatre with 3D/4D FX system.
Museums: Showcases the art collections of the city - not only Chinese paintings but also woodblock prints, oil paintings and watercolor paintings. Guan Shanyue Art Museum, He Xiangning Art Gallery, Shenzhen Art Institute, Shenzhen Museum, and Xibaolou Porcelain Museum are very popular amongst tourists.
Wutong Mountain: Is a beautiful hiking spot. Wutong the tallest mountain at a height of 944 metres offers a spectacular view of Hong Kong, splendid sea views and landscapes. The entire area consists of forest parks, sports parks and hiking tracks.
Nan'ao Bay: Is a pleasant district just to wander about and explore the beach, sample seafood, take a look at unusual sea creatures. Rare sea animals such as abalone and sea urchin can be found in plenty.
Other places of interest: China folk cultural villave, Dapeng bay, Yangtain mountain, Lotus hill park, Meridian view center, Minsk world, Xinguogong (Wen Tianxiang) Temple, Ancient Chiwan Fort are other tourist attractions in Shenzhen that can find place in your travel itinerary.
Accommodation: Luxury hotels, budget hotels or moderate hotels, hotels ranging from International brand to local brand cater to the specific needs of tourists. As Shenzhen is a buzzling economic zone in China, international conferences and fairs are held frequently throughout the year. It is always best to book hotel in advance before traveling to Shenzhen.