Shenzhen is a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) just across the border from Hong Kong, in China's Guangdong Province. It saw spectactular growth from the 1980's onwards, growing from a village to one of the biggest cities in China. Now a thriving metropolis with many dense skyscrapers, shop and technology companies.
It is also one of the richest with lots of business and trading going on. Being South China's financial centre, it is home to the Shenzhen stock exchange, one of only 3 trading in China.
Shenzhen celebrates the same festivals that are common throughout the rest of China, including:
Weather is comparable with that of neighbouring Hong Kong with hot and humid summers from May to September (monsoon season as well) and cooler (but still not cold) winters from December to February. March - April and October - November are pleasant times for a visit.
Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport (SZX) has flights to most destinations throughout China. It is more economical flying to/from Shenzhen compared to Hong Kong, especially regarding domestic flights.
Low-cost airline Air Asia has daily flights to/from Kuala Lumpur (~RMB1,000, 4 hours), Kota Kinabalu (~RMB1,500, 4 hours) and Bangkok (~RMB900, 4 hours).
To/from the airport
Frequent trains go to Guangzhou and you can choose between highspeed trains (less than an hour, RMB75) or local trains (about 2 hours). Trains to Hong Kong leave frequently. The border with Hong Kong can also be crossed by foot.
There are regular services to Chaozhou (5 hours), Guangzhou (1,5 hours), Shantou (4 hours), Xiamen (8 hours) and Zhongshan (1,5 hours). Hong Kong is a short hop away or can be reached on foot from the bus station.
Fast ferries go 13 times daily to Hong Kong with about half of them continuing to Macau.
There are hourly services to the airport of Hong Kong as well. These all leave from Shekou, Shenzhen's port.
From Shenzhen airport, there are 6 daily services to Hong Kong and 3 to Macau.
Zhuhai has ferries roughly every half hour (taking one hour). Boats go all the way to Haikou, taking 18 hours.
|Century Plaza Hotel||No.1 Chunfeng Road||Hotel||-|
|Fengshun Hotel Shenzhen||No.1032,Dongmenbei Road Luohu District||Hotel||47|
|GDH Inn (Liu He)||No. 69 First Baomin Road, Shi'er Area Baoan District||Hotel||74|
|JGW My Little Hut||No.61 Chun Feng Road||Hotel||75|
|My Little Hut||No. 3058, Jiefang Xi Road Louhu District||Hostel||64|
|Shenzhen Hedong Hotel||No.19, Yan He Dong Lu, (South Side of Ren Min Brid Luohu Area||Hotel||-|
|Shenzhen LOFT International YH||3 En Ping St. Hua Qiao Cheng ShenZhen , GuangDong||Hostel||80|
|Spring Hotel||No. 206 Baoan South Road Luohu District||Hotel||-|
|City Inn Happy Valley||West Of the Happy Valley Western Dujuanshan Road, OCT,Nanshan District||Hotel||80|
|Vienna Hotel - Airport Hotel||No. 3 Xiasha 12th Alley Fuwei Community, Fuyong Town Baoan District, Shenzhen||Hostel||76|
|Sunmoon Inn ( Hong Xing Inn)||Hong Xing street, Songgang Songming Road Bao An District||Hostel||70|
|Seaview Hotel, Shenzhen||Overseas Chinese Town||Hostel||-|
|Sunmoon Inn ( Airport Inn)||Behind Fuyong Huaide Neighborhood Committee Bao An District||Hostel||72|
|Jing Ming Da Hotel, Shenzhen||No. 83 Jingtian Shangbao Dong Road Futian District||Hotel||-|
|3 Best Inn(Huasha)||No.166 West of Shixia village Futian district Shenzhen||Hostel||68|
|3 Best Inn- Hai wan Inn||No.8 Airong road Shekou Shenzhen, China||Hostel||-|
|City Inn Xin Qiao||Xinqiao Mansion, Guanghua Street Huaqiao City, Nanshan District||Hotel||79|
|Vienna Hotel- Fu Hua Hotel||No.73 Fuhua Road Futian District, Shenzhen||Hostel||80|
|Vienna International Hotel||Fuqiang Road Futian District,||Hostel||-|
|City Inn Exhibition Centre||Haitian Building, 2038 South Caitian Road Futian District||Hotel||78|
|City Inn Zhu Zi Lin||Zhulin 5th Road, Zhuzilin Nanshan District||Hotel||-|
|Vienna Hotel- MinZhi Hotel||Meilong road Longhua Baoan district||Hostel||-|
|3 Best Inn -Hai Wan Business Inn||No.26 Ai-rong road Shekou Shenzhen||Hostel||-|
|3 Best Inn- Hua Zhi Sha Inn||No.2 Xinzhou 9th street Futian district Shenzhen||Hotel||-|
|Small Inn Fuhua||No.144 Fuhua Road, Futian District||Hotel||-|
|City Inn Kexueguan||62-64 Songling Road, Futian District Shenzhen, Guangdong Province (Exit C, Science Muse||HOTEL||-|
|City Inn Chuangye Road�Baoan||#249, Guangsheng Road Bao�an (43) District||HOTEL||-|
|City Inn OCT Loft||E-2 Building, Shantou Street Overseas Chinese Town, Nanshan District||Hotel||-|
|Shenzhen Kaili Hotel||No.2027 Jiabin East Road LuoHu District||HOTEL||79|
|LuoHu Hotel||3012 Nanhu Road Luohu District||Hotel||-|
|Hi Inn LuoHu Port||No.2057 South RenMin Road||HOSTEL||70|
|FX Hotel East Lake Shenzhen||No.1,Taining Road Luohu District||HOTEL||-|
|Grand Theater Hostel||Lijing Mansion, No.48 Jintang Road||HOSTEL||-|
|Crystal Garden||No.6 Bihua Road, Shekou, shenzhen||HOSTEL||-|
There are many internet cafes to be found where many of the local people play computer games. Internet typically costs RMB 1-3 per hour.
See also International Telephone Calls
SIM cards can be cheaply from one of the many mobile phone outlets in the city. Some carriers incur a roaming fee if used outside of Guangdong province and should be aware before making calls (although rates are still cheap by western standards).
China Post (中国邮政) is the official postal service of the People's Republic of China, operated by the State Postal Bureau of the People's Republic of China (website in Chinese only), and has more details about price to send letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. The Chinese postal service is very good. Remember that in more remote places usually only one post office in a city can handle sending international boxes or letters. Also many times it might be worth having the name of the country you are trying to send to in Chinese characters. Post offices have a striking green logo and can easily be found everywhere in the cities. They are mostly open every day (including weekends!) from 8:00am to 6:00pm, though small offices might have shorter opening times, while the bigger ones in central and touristic areas are sometimes open during evenings as well. The maximum weight they can ship is 30kg. If sending abroad, remember to include the destination country in Chinese characters or it may not be delivered.
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