A city of charm
Shenzhen is one of China's top tourist destinations, attracting millions of visitors each year. Its pleasant seashore and well-preserved forests have made up for its lack of stately mountains and rivers, and earned it the title of "International Garden City."
Another magnet comes from its theme parks, with a great variety of features ranging from folk culture to a retired aircraft carrier. Distinctive sceneries, fabulous shows and stunning experiences: the parks' charms never seem to fade.
And don't forget this is a modern metropolitan, where high-rise buildings and green space intermingle perfectly. It is a financial center, a transportation hub, and home to many first-rate hotels and restaurants. Here you will never fail to find a cuisine that arouses your appetite and curiosity,
For tourists, this is a city of convenience, leisure and endless fun.
Coming to Shenzhen
Shenzhen is an international transportation hub. There are a few convenient ways to come to the city.
By airShenzhen Bao'an International Airport serves many domestic and international airlines. It is very easy to find buses and taxis at the airport.
To go to downtown Shenzhen, you can either take a taxi or the direct coach 330. The coach service runs every 20 minutes, from 7:30 a.m. till the arrival of the last flight. Its destination is Hualian Mansion in Futian District, and will be extended to the railway station in Luohu District.
By landThere are train and bus services connecting Shenzhen with Hong Kong, Guangzhou and many domestic cities. The trains and buses from Hong Kong and Guangzhou run very often, so it is very easy get a ticket. The railway station in complex in Luohu District is the destination for most of them.
By waterThe city also has a ferry terminal at Shekou in Nanshan District, with shuttle services from/to Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai.
For travelers from Hong Kong, the ferry service is especially useful on weekends and holidays, when the Luohu border checkpoint is often crowded with Hong Kong residents.
Visa and CurrencyVisitor visas are required for foreign tourists. Authorized travel agencies in Hong Kong and Macau can arrange group visas for tourists traveling in groups.
Most foreign currencies can be exchanged at local banks and large hotels. Bank of China provides services for credit cards issued overseas.
Shenzhen boasts a well-planned and smoothly-operated inner-city transportation system, offering several options to travel around the city.
MetroThe Shenzhen Metro started operating in late 2004 and is still under expansion. Currently there are two lines:
Metro Line One runs between the Luohu Border Checkpoint to the Windows of the World (Shi Jie Zhi Chuang), from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. It operates at 6-minute frequency during rush hours and up-to-11-minute frequencies at other times.
Metro Line Four runs from Fumin Road to the Children's Palace (Shao Nian Gong). It operates at 17-minute frequency from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
For taxis registered in the special economic zone (yellow or red taxis), their meters start at 12.5 yuan for the first three kilometers. For those registered outside the zone (green ones), the meters start at 7 yuan for the first two kilometers.
After 11:00 p.m., the taxi fare will include an extra service fee, 30% (for yellow/red taxis) or 20% (for green ones) of the normal charge. The total fare will be automatically calculated by the meter.
Local buses usually start at two or three yuan, and long trips might cost about 10 yuan. Please remember to bring some changes if you choose to take a bus, because most lines (usually those with prepaid-card readers) have no ticket sellers.