Shenzhen is a major city in the south of Southern China's Guangdong Province, situated immediately north of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The area became China's first—and one of the most successful—Special Economic Zones (SEZs). It currently also holds sub-provincial administrative status, with powers slightly less than a province. According to a report published by Shenzhen Daily in 2012, Shenzhen has a population of approximately 15 million. It's one of the most built-up areas in the world and the so-called Pearl River Delta Mega City had more than 44.7 million inhabitants at the 2010 census spread over 9 municipalities (including Macao) and an area of 17,573 km2.
Shenzhen's modern cityscape is the result of the vibrant economy made possible by rapid foreign investment since the institution of the policy of "reform and opening" establishment of the SEZ in late 1979, before which it was only a small village. Both Chinese citizens and foreign nationals have invested enormous amounts of money in the Shenzhen SEZ. More than US$30 billion in foreign investment has gone into both foreign-owned and joint ventures, at first mainly in manufacturing but more recently in the service industries as well. Shenzhen was during the 1990s and 2000s considered one of the fastest-growing cities in the world, however its population growth as of 2013 is under one percent per year as manufacturing assembly line boom ebbs in favor of other industries, especially technology; Shenzhen is now dubbed China's Silicon Valley.
Being southern mainland China's major financial center, Shenzhen is home to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange as well as the headquarters of numerous high-tech companies. Shenzhen is also one of the busiest container ports in the world. In 2007, Shenzhen was named one of China's top ten most livable cities by Chinese Cities Brand Value Report, which was released at 2007 Beijing Summit of China Cities Forum.
November Weather in Shenzhen: 25°C average high, 17°C average low
Currency: Many Chinese businesses, though not all, only accept Renminbi Yuan (RMB). International currency exchanges are available at the airport and at all banks in the city. Many 24-hour ATMs are available in Shenzhen. Major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) are generally accepted by Chinese businesses.
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +8 hours
View Spots of Shenzhen
Window of the World
Window of the World (Chinese: 世界之窗) is a theme park located in the western part of the city of Shenzhen in the People's Republic of China. It has about 130 reproductions of some of the most famous tourist attractions in the world squeezed into 48 hectares (118 acres). The 108 metre (354 ft) tall Eiffel Tower dominates the skyline and the sight of the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal all in proximity to each other are all part of the appeal of this theme park.
China Folk Culture Village
The China Folk Culture Village (Chinese: 中国民俗文化村) is a part of Splendid China Folk Village in Shenzhen, China. It is located adjacent to the Splendid China theme park and features displays of the daily life and architecture of China's 56 ethnic groups. It was opened to the public in October 1991.
The China Folk Culture Village has featured several cultural festivals, including the Water Splashing Festival of the Dai, the Shawm Festival of the Miao, the Torch Festival of the Yi, the Huaxia Great Cultural Temple Fair, the Xinjiang Cultural Festival, and the Inner Mongolia Grassland Cultural Festival.
The KK100 (Chinese: 京基100), formerly known as Kingkey 100 and Kingkey Finance Center Plaza, is a skyscraper in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China. It is located in Shenzhen's Luohu District east of Lizhi Park, approximately one kilometer north of the border between mainland China and Hong Kong. The area is often described as the 'financial district' of Shenzhen.
The mixed-use building rises to 441.8 metres (1,449 ft) and contains 100 floors for office space and a hotel. Out of those 100 floors, 68 are used for 173,000 square metres (1,862,157 sq ft) of Class A office space, 22 stories for a 35,000 square metres (376,737 sq ft) six-star business hotel and the top four floors of the skyscraper hold a garden and several restaurants. Adjacent to KK100 is the KK Mall, which opened its doors November 26, 2010, and contains luxury brand stores, restaurants and a supermarket. The KK Mall also hosts Shenzhen's first IMAX cinema.
It is currently the tallest building in Shenzhen as well as being the 14th tallest building in the world. It is the tallest building ever designed by a British architect. There is a water fountain in front of the building, and an observation deck near the top.
Shenzhen Xiaomeisha Sea World (Chinese: 深圳小梅沙海洋世界) is located in Xiaomeisha Scenic Area (it has a reputation of "Oriental Hawaii") in the Golden Coastline east of Shenzhen. It has been opened since 1998. It is a family-friendly entertainment complex which has attracted millions of visitors every year and it is 28 km away from the downtown of the city. This park covers an area of 200,000 square meters (about 49 acres). It features eight aquariums and museums, two gardens and an island. The watching points here includes marine parks, Ocean Plaza, subsea tunnel, touch pool, Turtle Island, fishing ponds, lakes and other couples galleries and landscape. eight museums and two gardens includes the Polar Museum, Aquarium, Aquarium Magic tour, whale sharks Museum, Shark Museum, Seashell Museum, Science Museum, Museum of model aircraft, marine park and leisure park.
Dapeng Fortress (Chinese: 大鹏所城) is a walled village in the Dapeng, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China. The village lies 55 kilometers from the center of Shenzhen. Dapeng Fortress was built in 1394 to protect the area from pirates. It later developed into a town during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Xichong (Chinese: 西涌) is a scenic spot located in the southern part of the Dapeng Peninsula, facing the South China Sea with Mirs Bay on the west and Daya Bay on the East.
Xichong attracts tourists mainly because of its long beach and surf. It is in eastern Shenzhen in the Dapeng National Park, a popular recreational and scenic part of the city. In 2006 Chinese National Geographic named the Dapeng Peninsula as one of the ten most beautiful parts of China. To its north is the Qiniangshan, the second highest mountain in the city. Since this is one of the least populated and most remote parts of Shenzhen, it is not easy to access Xichong Beach. Private cars can be hired in Dapeng or Nan'ao, and regular buses travel from these towns to Dongchong and Xichong Beaches (M231 and M232). There is also a popular hiking trail running down the coast between Xichong and Dongchong (approx 10 km). Xichong and Dongchong are popular with backpackers, hikers and surfers.