CHINESE SAYINGS ABOUT SHENZHEN
âœYou think you’re brave until you go to Manchuria, you think you’re well-read until you reach Beijing and you think you’re rich until you set foot in Shenzhen.â
âœIf you love him, send him to Shenzhen. Heaven’s there. If you hate him, send him to Shenzhen. Hell’s there.â
âœWhen a leaf falls off a tree, it passes three politicians in Beijing, three doctors in Shanghai and three general managers in Shenzhen.â
âœIn Beijing, you can smell the politics. In Shenzhen, you can smell the money.â
Meridian View Centre Di Wang Da Sha: The Meridian View Centre is on the top floor of the Diwang, one of the highest buildings in Shenzhen. Located at Da Ju Yuan Metro station, it offers a panoramic view of the Shenzhen-Hong Kong border.
SEG Plaza Sai Ge Guang Chang: at bustling Huaqiang Bei, is also a great place to see all of Shenzhen laid out before your eyes from the top floor of the 72-story building.
Shennan Avenue Shennan Da Dao: A drive along Shenzhen’s main boulevard gives a view of state-of-the-art buildings like the Civic Centre and many of Shenzhen’s famous buildings. In the evening, the city lights along Shennan Avenue are so dazzling that the bus company puts on a special night tourist bus.
St. Regis Hotel Bars and Lounges Rui Ji Jiu Dian: The St. Regis Hotel occupies the top floors of the one hundred storey KK 100 building. There’s a lounge on the 96th floor and bars above. The views are unbelievable.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS: HIKING, MOUNTAINS AND SCENIC PLACES
Shenzhen’s mountains were bare thirty years ago, but now they have been successfully revegetated. Hiking through lush tropical forests and sparkling mountain streams is a must.
Make sure you don’t miss:
Wutong Mountain Wu Tong Shan: climb to the peak and take in stunning views of the city right through to Hong Kong.
Yangtai Mountain climb this famous mountain in Bao’an and take in views right back to Dongguan in the north.
Guangdong Greenway Zhu Jiang San Jiao Zhou Lv Dao Wang: – This scenic walk winds its way through Shenzhen’s mountains and forests. We recommend the Meilin Reservoir walk, an approximately two hour walk through scenic forest along the former boundary fence of the SEZ.
Lianhua Mountain Gardens Lian Hua Shan Gong Yuan: on a Sunday morning watch the kite fliers, the ballroom dancers, the revolutionary opera singers. Walk to the top of the mountain for a view over Shenzhen and shake hands with Deng Xiaoping’s statue.
Xian Hu Botanical Garden Xian Hu Zhi Wu Yuan: Watch worshippers in one of China’s newest but most famous Buddhist Temples in the folds of Wutong Mountain. Sip tea by a lake amid groves of bamboo. Walk through a forest of petrified trees.
Mangrove Walk Hong Shu Lin: [Shenzhen Mangrove Nature Reserve] Walk while taking in seemingly endless views of Shenzhen Bay and Hong Kong’s mountains backed by a lush tropical park. You could also hire a bike.
CUISINE: AUTHENTIC FOOD FROM ALL OVER CHINA AND ALL OVER THE WORLD
From night stalls and eat streets to modern open-kitchen fusion or luxury dining, Shenzhen is a leading food city. The diversity of a migrant population provides an abundance of different culinary traditions authentic cuisine from all over China: Hunan, Henan, Hubei, Sichuan, Shanghai and Beijing. Westerners have brought Italian, Brazilian and French dining. You’ll often find you can eat out for less than your grocery bill for a meal at home.
Choose your own live seafood at Yantian Bay and Daya Bay.
Sample Cantonese dim sum beside a peaceful lake at Portofino.
Enjoy the passing sights in Shekou’s main square as you partake of Brazilian barbecue.