Shenzhen for Families
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.
Futian, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
If you need respite from the bustling city center, the Shenzhen Mangrove Nature Reserve is what you need. Give yourself a few hours to explore the estate, where you can rent a bike and go for a ride along the comfortable, scenic path, or have a...
Overseas Chinese City, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China, 518053
Explore all four corners of the globe in this theme park, which houses over 130 small-scale reproductions of some of the most famous landmarks and attractions in the world. Come pose by the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Palace of Versailles,...
9013 Shennan Ave, HuaQiaoCheng, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518053
This is just China's second modern art museum, and well worth a visit. A short ten-minute walk from Windows of the World and the Westin Hotel, you'll be sure to want cross over the land bridge that serves as the entrance to this museum. Some of...
6 Gongyuan Rd, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518067
The men playing Chinese chess (象棋, xiangqi) are a regular fixture at Sihai Park in Shekou. My husband has jumped in to play with them a few times, but we've determined it's better just to watch and try to pick up new moves.
Dongbin Rd, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518054
Xibei is a clean, beautifully decorated restaurant in Shenzhen. They serve lots of lamb, noodles, and steamed breads and make their own tofu and yogurt in-house. This is definitely one of the best-run and tastiest local restaurants I've found in...
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...
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...
9028 Shennan Ave, Dongmen, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518053
This shopping center is at the heart of the Windows of the World/OCT area in Shenzhen. It sits at the intersection of the Shekou and Luobao Metro Lines, and it is also home to the lovely 5-star Westin Hotel. While this center has some great shops...
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...
Ai Guo Lu, Luohu Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
Before the Spring Festival in Shenzhen, the city blocks off streets for several huge Flower Fairs. The one in Luohu on Aiguo Rd is the biggest, and it was packed the day I went with people celebrating the year of the dragon. You could buy some...
Xiangshan E St, HuaQiaoCheng, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518053
Little Thing Shop is the shop of my dreams. It seems improbable that it should exist in Shenzhen, a city still unsure about its artists and designers. In the middle of the shop is a small house that contains an art gallery. The rest of the store...
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