Situated in the South of the Guangdong Province of China, Shenzhen is a popular location for those wishing to visit Hong Kong and the surrounding area. Just four decades ago, Shenzhen was a sleepy fishing village called Bao’an County.
However, in 1979 it was renamed Shenzhen City and has since undergone a dramatic transformation. While it is true that Shenzhen doesn’t possess the broad range of historical monuments that people may expect from a Chinese city, a trip to Shenzhen will not disappoint. As a result of the city’s rapid transformation, the thriving city has invested heavily in tourism. The range of incredible theme parks and tourist destinations are entertaining, while offering a valuable insight into Chinese culture. If you are staying in Hong Kong and want to take a trip to Shenzhen, you can get a 5-day visa at the border.
Direct flights to Shenzhen will bring you to Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, (SZX), 20 miles from the city. The airport is now China’s fourth largest, transporting 25 million passengers a year.
Just North of the Equator, Shenzhen experience four discrete seasons. Summer can be incredibly hot and humid, and during winter, temperatures drop to around 12 °C. The best time for a trip to Shenzhen is during autumn (October – December) and spring (March – May), where the temperate climate is conducive to plenty of exploring. If you are not averse to the hotter, or indeed cooler, temperatures, you are likely to find cheap flights to Shenzhen in winter and summer.
Don’t be put off by the title; Shenzhen redefines the meaning of the term “Theme Park”. Whether you love nature, adventure or action, the innovative Shenzhenese have created theme parks to suit sightseers of all tastes. OCT East is, literally, a theme park of three parts. Heralded as the Walt Disney World of China, OCT (Overseas Chinese Town) features nine square kilometres of entertainment. The theme park features three valleys: Knight Valley, Wind Valley and East Valley, which sit, like petals on a lotus flower, around the central Huaxing Temple. Sweeping up into the mountains, Tea Valley is not a theme park in the traditional sense. The peaceful valley pays homage to a range of cultures, with particular emphasis on the Chinese Tea culture. Take a walk through the Tea Valley’s stunning botanical gardens before you relax and unwind in one of the tranquil lakeside restaurants set in the reproduction Swiss town, Interlaken. Knight Valley fits the more conventional definition of a theme park, with a range of rides and attractions, ranging from sedate, child-friendly affairs to pure white-knuckle. You can take a cable car up to the summit of the park, where those brave enough can view the Shenzhen landscape from the viewing platform, suspended mid-air far above ground. Wind Valley, the most recent addition to the trio of parks, is a hub of tranquillity, featuring a range of purpose-built “towns” amid stunning scenery, as well as two high-grade 18-hole golf courses. Golf enthusiasts can even hire a professional coach for a once-in-a-lifetime golfing experience. At Window of the World theme park, you can take in some of the world’s most significant landmarks in just one day. A must for model lovers and culture vultures alike, you can take in over 130 monuments, including Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Egypt’s pyramids, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, Buckingham Palace, Niagara Falls and the Eiffel Tower. There is a plethora of natural parks on offer too, such as the Fairy Lake Botanic Gardens, a park which befits its ethereal name. Based at the foot of Shenzhen’s highest peak, Wutong Mountain, guests can visit one of the province’s largest temples, Hongfa Temple and revel in the magical calm of the lakes, surrounded by endangered plants and babbling streams.
As one might expect from the rapidly growing economy of Shenzhen, the skyline is continually changing as spectacular buildings are erected to further entice tourism and business. Visit the Bug Dome, an incredible shelter built almost entirely of recycled materials scavenged from the abandoned sight upon which the building stands. Stand in the intimidating shadows of the Ping An Finance Centre, Shenzhen’s 599 metre tall skyscraper, or indulge in a drink at the Decanter Bar, situated 430 metres above ground in the KK100 Tower, one of the world’s tallest hotels. A cocktail, a cup of tea or a specialist whiskey: the choice is yours. One can be forgiven for believing that a relatively young city like Shenzhen has little to offer tourists. However, the city’s ambitious and resourceful inhabitants have created a hub of activities that make it simply irresistible. After all, where else can you enjoy theme parks alongside temples, recycled shelters next to towering skyscrapers, and incredible dining experiences with a couple of rounds of golf thrown in? One thing is certain: your trip to Shenzhen will not fail to surprise, delight and impress. If you would like to experience the limitless opportunities offered in this vibrant city, let Travangelo help you to find cheap flights to Shenzhen and other great cities in Asia