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3 days in Shenzhen

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3 days in Shenzhen
One of the largest manufacturing hubs in the world and the wealthiest city in China, Shenzhen has lots to offer international tourists. Travellers will discover a city rich in history, food, art and -- with its dozens of unique theme parks -- adventure.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Day 1
China Folk Culture Village
China Folk Culture Village

This worthwhile attraction is part of Overseas Chinese Village (better known as OCT) and showcases the myriad minority ethnic cultures that make this vast country much less homogenous than imagined. It also serves as a great introduction to the history and traditions of China.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Splendid China Park
Splendid China Park

This park, which is next to the China Folk Village, presents the country’s best cultural assets and landmarks (such as the Terra Cotta Warriors and the Great Wall) in miniature in one place. The experience is fascinating and gives the sensation of having seen China in a day.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Luohu Commerical City (Lo Wu Shopping Plaza)
Luohu Commerical City (Lo Wu Shopping Plaza)

Luohu Commercial City (simplified Chinese: 罗湖商业城; traditional Chinese: 羅湖商業城; pinyin: Luóhú Shāngyè Chéng) is an enclosed shopping mall located on the Shenzhen side of the Shenzhen River, right outside the entrance/exit to Luohu Immigration Control Point.The mall is five stories tall and sells a wide range of items, including watches, handbags, clothes, shoes, audio-visual products... More

Luohu Commercial City (simplified Chinese: 罗湖商业城; traditional Chinese: 羅湖商業城; pinyin: Luóhú Shāngyè Chéng) is an enclosed shopping mall located on the Shenzhen side of the Shenzhen River, right outside the entrance/exit to Luohu Immigration Control Point.The mall is five stories tall and sells a wide range of items, including watches, handbags, clothes, shoes, audio-visual products, souvenirs, curtains, DVDs, etc. The mall also includes a number of restaurants and shops that offer services, such as massages and dental work, at very low prices.The Luohu Inter-city Bus Terminal is located directly under Luohu Commercial Center, and buses to locations in Guangdong and Fujian provinces are available here. A shuttle to Shenzhen Airport is also available in the Bus Terminal. Shenzhen Railway Station is next to the mall and provides long-distance travel across China. Visitors with permission to enter Hong Kong may cross the border at the Immigration Control Point and take the East Rail Line as far as Hung Hom.Located on the north side of Luohu Commercial Center is a bus station for intra-city buses and mini-buses. Immediately to the west is the Luohu Station of the Shenzhen Metro. Taxis are also available at a special taxi stand location below the intra-city bus station. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Laurel Restaurant at the Century Hotel
Laurel Restaurant at the Century Hotel

The dim sum at the Laurel restaurant in the Century Plaza Hotel is renowned for offering some of the tastiest in the city, along with other Cantonese dishes like Peking Duck.

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Day 2
OCT East Shenzhen
OCT East Shenzhen

Famous "Swiss mountain" theme park and resort in Shenzhen. Even if you are not into theme parks, this one is not to be missed. Visually stunning, OCT East has been called the “Universal Studios of China” and offers rides, golf, magic shows, luxury hotels, restaurants, spas, and—believe it or not—a scenic Swiss village. Nobody does theme parks like China! Plan to spend most of your day... More

Famous "Swiss mountain" theme park and resort in Shenzhen. Even if you are not into theme parks, this one is not to be missed. Visually stunning, OCT East has been called the “Universal Studios of China” and offers rides, golf, magic shows, luxury hotels, restaurants, spas, and—believe it or not—a scenic Swiss village. Nobody does theme parks like China! Plan to spend most of your day here (though you could spend a week). Noted in Time Magazine 29 November 2007 (opened 7 November 2007). Less

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Shenzhen Mangrove Nature Reserve
Shenzhen Mangrove Nature Reserve

This reserve offers a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of Shenzhen (not to mention the city's many theme parks). Rent a bike or do some bird watching or just spend time on the boardwalk admiring the vistas of the city. It is the only nature reserve in an urban center in all of China.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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China Spice at the Four Points by Sheraton
China Spice at the Four Points by Sheraton

China Spice offers exquisite Cantonese cuisine, and flavors from all across the provinces. The wide ranging menu also features a great selection of herbal and medicinal Chinese soups, brewed in either the traditional or contemporary style.

Cost: $10 - $30
Day 3
Dapeng Fortress
Dapeng Fortress

Dapeng Fortress, and the 600-year-old ancient town that it protects, is one of Shenzhen’s most hallowed historical treasures. The fortress was the site of one of the key battles in the country’s infamous opium wars. Though it takes awhile to get to, it’s worth the effort.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: More than 3 hours
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Queen Spa
Queen Spa

Yes, it is a little quirky (casino meets theme park meets spa) but that’s what makes this destination so interesting. Relax and have a massage and a unique cultural experience at one of the city’s most popular spas.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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East Gate Street
East Gate Street

This street is one of the most popular places in Shenzhen for shopping. But even for those watching their pennies, this is a great place to people watch and enjoy cheap and delicious street food.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Sea World
Sea World
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