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Shenzhen for Couples

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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.
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Jade Garden has a satisfying menu that includes steamed baskets of dim sum dumplings, buns, and lotus leaf–wrapped glutinous rice. There's also fried rice and barbecue meat platters for something heartier. You can even reserve Beijing duck here....
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Hai Xian Jie, Yantian Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518083
Yantian Seafood Street is located by the seaside and provides the perfect ambiance to devour fresh and cheap seafood. There is a wholesale market for those who wish to purchase live seafood to bring home, along with another section selling dried...
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Shekou, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China
The new SeaWorld, recently renovated and surrounded by fountains, is just 10-15 minutes from Windows of the World. SeaWorld is a boat that has a hotel, bar, and restaurant. At night there's a show with music and fire. The decor of SeaWorld's...
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This shop is unassuming from the outside, tucked behind some large plants. It's a place where you can sit and explore old books for hours, the kind of place that's dying out in America. In the back, there are old vinyl records and some CDs by...
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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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185 Shangle St, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518067
An older Chinese friend started taking my husband and me to this restaurant when we first moved to Shenzhen. They serve delicious Peking Duck, dumplings, and our favorite, the 木耳 (mu er, a.k.a. wood ear mushrooms). It's almost always crowded for...
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After browsing strings of pearls of every shape, size, and color, I picked the ones I liked and the shopkeeper here made them into a necklace for me. I got to pick the clasp and knotting style, too. This is shop No. 29 on the third floor in the...
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China, Guangdong Sheng, Shenzhen Shi, Nanshan Qu, HuaQiaoCheng, Shennan Ave, 9028-2号益田威斯汀酒店 邮政编码: 518053
My husband and I come to the Grange Grill every couple of months for a "date night." It's one of the hippest, sexiest restaurants in Shenzhen. The furniture is all leather and sleek wood, and the entire restaurant looks out over the city. This...
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Overseas Chinese City, Nanshan, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, 518000
I found these awesome old-fashioned bikes for rent outside a flower shop in the OCT Loft. They are made available by a small Shenzhen nonprofit called "bedbikecity," which advocates for the equal rights of road usage for green travel. Located on...
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48 Wenxin 1st Rd, Nan Shan Qu, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518054
During my first trip to Shenzhen, a Chinese friend brought us to this market one evening where he often stays for hours drinking and buying tea. You'll find stall after stall of great quality and a huge variety of teas, as well as tea sets and...
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Overseas Chinese City, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China, 518053
Someone once described modern architectural philosophy in China as, "Let's build it, just because we can." And that's how I found myself enjoying a drink on a perfect replica of a Spanish Galleon called the Santa Maria. The Galleon Restaurant &...
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9028-2 Shennan Ave, Renmin South Road, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518053
If you walk away from Windows of the World on Shennan Road, you'll quickly notice these quirky statues everywhere. The remarkably lifelike statues make it seem as if someone came and froze dozens of people in bronze. It's quite a sight to see real...
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Overseas Chinese City, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China, 518053
If you come to OCT Loft, chances are that you'll either start or end your night at Idutang. Its a combination restaurant/bar/music venue that seems to be constantly evolving, like Shenzhen itself. The inside is huge and very "renao" (hot and...