FUN FACTS ABOUT SHENZHEN:
The city has less than 30,000 residents left in the end of 1970s because of poverty and people smuggling to Hong Kong. But now there are over 12 million people living and working in Shenzhen. The average age of Shenzhen residents is stunning - less than 30 years old! Lots of young graduates find Shenzhen the first choice to start their career. Many of those who come to Shenzhen from rural areas of western China will typically quit their job after 5-8 years and go back to their hometown – get married, have a baby, and take over the lands from their farmer parents. Therefore, the city is full of young people coming and leaving almost every day. And there is literally no “local Shenzhener” – everyone is well respected and offered plenty of opportunity for work, education, and development.
COMPANIES FROM SHENZHEN THAT YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF:
- Tencent (owner of WeChat)
- BYD (Remember the TOM case?)
BEST DIM-SUM BRUNCH:
Tao Heung 稻香
Level 4, King Building, 5002 Shennan E Rd, Shenzhen
Shop 543, Level 5, The MIXC, No.1881 Baoan Nan Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen
501, 5/F, Coastal City, No. 33 Wenxin Road 5, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
A Hong Kong style dim sum and Cantonese food restaurant franchise that offers tasty dim sum brunch. The service and quality is always reliable.
BEST PLACE FOR PIZZA:
La Terrazza of Grand Hyatt Shenzhen
1881 Baoan Nan Road, Luohu District
A cozy and decent courtyard restaurant that offers outside seats. The pizzas here are the best in Shenzhen.
LOCALS FAVORITE SHOPPING/DINING:
OCT Harbor 欢乐海岸
8 Baishi Rd, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
With tons of options for food and drink, it has many of the best restaurants in Shenzhen, even including Korean BBQ and Beijing Roast Duck.
The MIXC 万象城
No.1881 Baoan Nan Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen
One of the luxury shopping malls in Shenzhen. A convenient location for all of your shopping needs. I would definitely recommend you drop by Kee Wah Bakery (奇华饼家) for some Cantonese style cookies and desserts!
The Penthouse and The Lounge of Grand Hyatt Shenzhen
1881 Baoan Nan Road, Luohu District
YI BAR & YI LOUNGE at Four Seasons Shenzhen
138 Fuhua Third Road, Futian District
Dameisha Beach Park 大梅沙
Dameisha, Yantian District
The largest beach resort in Shenzhen. There is also a coast line walkway that extends for over ten miles. You may enjoy the beautiful harbor view with fresh air. The Dameisha Sheraton hotel is right next to it with a private beach and an outdoor pool.
Civic Center (Shenzhen Book City, Shenzhen Concert Hall, etc.) 市民中心 (及深圳书城，深圳音乐厅)
Civic Center was originally a government building, but is now surrounded by a cluster of cultural and recreational places where students and young people gather all the time. You may want to check out the foreign language bookstore that has people reading there 24 hours a day!
PLACES TO SEE THE CITY:
Lianhuashan (Lotus Mountain) Park 莲花山公园
6026 Hongli Rd., Futian District
Legendary place where Deng Xiaoping’s statue is located. The view from the top is simply the best in Shenzhen. Almost every Chinese leader would come to “follow the guidance” of Deng Xiaoping, the 2nd generation chief of China.
Lizhi Park 荔枝公园
1001 Hongling Middle Rd, Futian District
A nice and cozy downtown park located among the skyscrapers.
Seashore Ecological Park / Red Forrest Seashore Park 红树林湿地公园
Binhe Rd., Futian District
Wetland park on the coast of Shenzhen Bay. You can see Hong Kong right across the bay. A great place to take a walk or a morning run. My favorite place for cycling.
GREAT PLACE FOR CHINESE TRADITIONAL MASSAGE:
Yuhetang Health Club 御和堂养生会馆
Hangyuan Mansion, 175 Zhenhua Rd, Futian, Shenzhen
The masseuses here are very professional and skilled. I visited almost every weekend and their services are the best in Shenzhen. Definitely go and try it out after an exhausting day!