Shenzhen for Anyone
Collected by Calliope Gianpoulos , AFAR Local Expert
In 1979, Shenzhen was just a tiny fishing village on the border with Hong Kong. Thirty years later, its a booming metropolis of ten million people. An explosive, dynamic city unlike any other, Shenzhen is a place to see the future being built before your eyes.
Shekou, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China
Don't be fooled by the name of this complex. Freshly refurbished, rather than an aquarium, this area is an all-in eating/drinking/shopping plaza and entertainment hub by the water. Restaurants here offer international fare, such as Italian,...
China, Guangdong, Shenzhen Shi, Nanshan Qu, HuaQiaoCheng, Wenchang St, 华侨城创意文化园北区A5栋134号 邮政编码: 518053
Penny Black Jazz Cafe is a well-known jazz bar in OCT. Keep walking past Donkey Bar and the retro bike rental. Cross a street and it is at the end of the block, on the left. I've never been there at night, but I hear that it has great live music...
China, Guangdong Sheng, Shenzhen Shi, Nanshan Qu, HuaQiaoCheng, 恩平路 邮政编码: 518053
On the first Saturday of every month, local designers and artists come here to sell their wares. As far as I know, this is the only market of its kind in all of Shenzhen. I love this place. There are screen printers, jewelry designers, painters,...
Futian, Shenzhen, China, 518040
A few stops up the metro from Windows of the World and OCT, you'll find Chegongmiao. Get off at exit A, and walk away from the busy street (Shennan Road). Suddenly you'll find this little oasis in Shenzhen. It's like a small town neighborhood....
China, Guangdong Sheng, Shenzhen Shi, Nanshan Qu, 渔村南路
Not having ever been to an open-air food market before, the first time I went to the Shekou "Wet" Market, the place disgusted and amazed me. They sell fresh seafood and meat, live poultry, fresh vegetables and herbs, and dried spices and nuts....
Longgang, Shenzhen, China
It's easy to get lost among the thousands of galleries that make up the Dafen Painting Village in Shenzhen. They sell imitations of the world's masterpieces, some original art, and also custom paintings from photos. I love watching the artists at...
9028-2 Shennan Ave, Renmin South Road, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518053
What's not to love about a restaurant called King's Dumpling? This place has great dumplings (duh) including Shanghai-style soup dumplings, but it's also well-known for its dim sum. If you come here on the weekend, be prepared to wait. This highly...
Shennan Ave, HuaQiaoCheng, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518053
I have to admit, I'm not a very good art appreciator. I usually visit museums and galleries just because I feel I should. Holy Cow! Now, this is my kind of gallery! The whole building is devoted to hexagons, from the hexagon glass frame on the...
9026 Shennan Ave, HuaQiaoCheng, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518053
I love taking visitors on Shenzhen's very own monorail. The Happy Line takes about 25 minutes and passes over Happy Valley, Windows of the World, and Splendid China. You can get on at the station by Windows of the World. The cost is 40RMB for a...
China, Guangdong, Shenzhen Shi, Nanshan Qu, HuaQiaoCheng, 华侨城LOFT创意文化园F-1栋101-104号 邮政编码: 518053
Two different people have taken me here to eat these amazing pineapple buns, so I'm pretty confident declaring them the best pineapple buns in Shenzhen. I love pineapple buns. Contrary to their name, pineapple isn't an ingredient. The...
Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
I was amazed for several reasons the first time I climbed this mountain right in the heart of Shekou. The many, many steep stairs allow you to get way above Shenzhen in a matter of 30 minutes or so, and you can see the entire city and across to ...
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