The 8 Wonders of Shenzhen: Four Seasons Unlocks the Secrets of China's Most Dynamic City
The Concierge team can create a customized itinerary that meets any interest, helping guests discover the hidden gems of this wonderful city. From shopping to golf, one-of-a-kind theme parks, memorable dining experiences, cultural excursions or a night on the town, Shenzhen has something for everyone.
1. An Epic Shopping Experience
Established as China’s first Special Economic Zone in 1980, Shenzhen continues to operate as a trading post of epic proportions. Visitors and locals alike can explore entire buildings filled to the brim with the latest electronics at Huaqiangbei, famous for its more than 1.4 million square metres (15 million square feet) of sprawling retail space. Or they can visit Shuibei’s more than half a million square metres (5 millions square feet) to find all types of jade, gems and jewellery. At Dongmen, shoppers pick their way through the throngs amid the more than 170,000 square metres (1.8 million square feet) of shops and market stalls to find a deal. Those on the lookout for fine china or furnishings can try their luck at the Sungang Art Exhibition Centre, which features wholesale arts and crafts products. Whatever one is looking for, it can be found in Shenzhen - and even better,
2. Swing Around the Town
Glancing around at the glass and steel cityscape, it’s not immediately apparent that Shenzhen is one of China’s top golfing destinations. However, the city is home to more than a dozen golf courses, ranging from 9-hole courses to some of the world’s premier golfing venues. The Mission Hills Golf Club, located a short drive from
3. Theme Park Heaven
For theme park aficionados of all ages, Shenzhen is a dream come true. Happy Valley features thrilling roller coasters, Splendid China Folk Village is home to a stunning display of sample architecture and culture from China’s various provinces and ethnicities, and Window of the World has miniature and meticulous reproductions of 130 of the world’s most famous sights, including Giza’s pyramids, the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal. It truly has to be seen to be believed.
4. Blast from the Past
Beneath Shenzhen’s breakneck modernity lies a wealth of history. Nantou Ancient City dates back to the fourth century and showcases remnants of a Ming Dynasty town; the 14th-century Dapeng Fortress played a pivotal role during the Opium Wars and is the city’s only national historic relic; and the Chiwan Tianhou Temple is one of China’s largest and most splendid temples dedicated to the Goddess of Heaven.
5. City of Design
Appointed as a UNESCO City of Design in 2008, Shenzhen is awash in interesting architectural landmarks and is home to a large number of artists and designers.
6. A Gourmand's Dream
For food lovers, Shenzhen is ideally located between Hong Kong and Guangzhou, the world’s two hotbeds of Cantonese cuisine.
7. Shenzhen After Dark
With a wide selection of restaurants featuring Chinese and international cuisine, as well as bars and clubs with live music and karaoke, OCT Harbour is Shenzhen’s fashionable nightlife destination of choice. The scenic waterfront locale transforms into a unique, carnival-like atmosphere when the sun goes down, making this the place to see and be seen.
8. Reconnect with Yourself
Shenzhen offers many options for nature lovers and health buffs: a stroll around scenic Fairy Lake Botanical Garden, exploring Lianhua Mountain Park, hiking up Wutong Mountain, relaxing at Shiyan Lake Hot Spring Resort, or biking and bird-watching at the Mangrove Nature Reserve.