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What to Do around The Westin Shenzhen Nanshan

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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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Mai Po, Hong Kong
Hong Kong is home to many species of birds and animals and allows you to get close to them in their natural habitat. In autumn or spring, trek out to Yuen Long in the New Territories for a day at the Mai Po Nature Reserve. These tranquil wetlands...
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Whether you're an artist or not, this is a great spot to surround yourself in good design and get a taste of the contemporary art scene in Shenzhen. There are many restaurants and cafes, galleries, and shops to browse. Don't confuse this area with...
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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....
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Longgang, Shenzhen, China, 511700
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...
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Fengxin Rd, Baoan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 511700
After lychee picking nearby, we stopped at this small Guangming farm and bought a big bundle of Chinese long beans and some other greens.
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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...
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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...
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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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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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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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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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.
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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...
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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...
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Overseas Chinese City, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China, 518053
If Godzilla ever came to China it would be a lot like a visit to Miniature China. You can take great pictures of your friends and family stomping along the Great Wall or the Forbidden City. It is really amazing to see the level of detail in the...
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25 Lok Ku Rd, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
We spent a lovely Saturday in my favorite kitchen store in Hong Kong, Pantry Magic. Between shelves of pie pans and colorful hand towels, we learned how to cook some amazing recipes. In this class, Jason Black from the Salted Pig restaurant taught...
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Luohu, Shenzhen, China, 518000
Hubei Urban Village in Luohu is one of the few urban villages left in Shenzhen's city center. In the week following Chinese New Year, this small shrine in the village was still showing signs of the celebrations. You'll find this spot just outside...
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13 Shaodi Rd, Nanshan Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China
The tomb of Bing Di, the last emperor of the Southern Song Dynasty, is located across from a park in Chiwan, Shenzhen. Surrounded by colorful banner flags, it is often surrounded by visitors who pay their respects by offering incense and lighting...
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China, Guangdong, Shenzhen Shi, Nanshan Qu, 赤湾五路8号 ‎
The Tian Hou temple in Chiwan, Shenzhen, was built in 1410. A large, ornately decorated gold statue of Tian Hou, the goddess of the sea and protector of fishermen and sailors, dominates the central hall. Flanking Tian Hou are smaller statues of...