Shenzhen is a major city in the south of Southern China's Guangdong Province, situated immediately north of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The area became China's first - and one of the most successful - Special Economic Zones (SEZs). It currently also holds sub-provincial administrative status, with powers slightly less than a province.
Shenzhen's modern cityscape is the result of the vibrant economy made possible by rapid foreign investment since the institution of the policy of "reform and opening" establishment of the SEZ in late 1979, before which it was only a small village. Both Chinese citizens and foreign nationals have invested enormous amounts of money in the Shenzhen SEZ. More than US$30 billion in foreign investment has gone into both foreign-owned and joint ventures, at first mainly in manufacturing but more recently in the service industries as well.
Being southern mainland China's major financial center, Shenzhen is home to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange as well as the headquarters of numerous high-tech companies. Shenzhen is also one of the busiest container ports in the world.
Shenzhen weather in autumn from October is dry and cool. The temperature won't drop until December and it still remains around 20 C (68 F). A long-sleeved T-shirt and a light overcoat are enough for this season.
Renminbi Yuan (RMB). Credit cards and travelers checks are accepted widely, and many 24-hour ATMs are available in the area. See Currency Converter for details on current exchange rates.
Many Chinese businesses, though not all, only accept Renminbi Yuan (RMB). International currency exchanges are available at the airport and at all banks in the city. Major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) are generally accepted.
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +8 hours
Places to Visit in Shenzhen:
Window of the World: Window of the World is a theme park located in the western part of the city of Shenzhen in the People's Republic of China. It has about 130 reproductions of some of the most famous tourist attractions in the world squeezed into 48 hectares (118 acres). The 108 metre (354 ft) tall Eiffel Tower dominates the skyline and the sight of the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal all in proximity to each other are all part of the appeal of this theme park.
Sea World: Shenzhen Sea World is located in Xiaomeisha Scenic Area (it has a reputation of "Oriental Hawaii") in the Golden Coastline east of Shenzhen. It has been opened since 1998. It is a family-friendly entertainment complex which has attracted millions of visitors every year and it is 28 km away from the downtown of the city. This park covers an area of 200,000 square meters (about 49 acres). It features eight aquariums and museums, two gardens and an island. The watching points here includes marine parks, Ocean Plaza, subsea tunnel, touch pool, Turtle Island, fishing ponds, lakes and other couples galleries and landscape. Eight museums and two gardens includes the Polar Museum, Aquarium, Aquarium Magic tour, whale sharks Museum, Shark Museum, Seashell Museum, Science Museum, Museum of model aircraft, marine park and leisure park.
China Folk Culture Village: The China Folk Culture Village is a part of Splendid China Folk Village in Shenzhen, China. It is located adjacent to the Splendid China theme park and features displays of the daily life and architecture of China's 56 ethnic groups. It was opened to the public in October 1991.
The China Folk Culture Village has featured several cultural festivals, including the Water Splashing Festival of the Dai, the Shawm Festival of the Miao, the Torch Festival of the Yi, the Huaxia Great Cultural Temple Fair, the Xinjiang Cultural Festival, and the Inner Mongolia Grassland Cultural Festival.
Mangrove National Park: It is the smallest national park in China. Hong Kong's Mai Po Marshes are one of the world's great birdwatching paradises as birds migrating from Siberia rest in the fishponds. The same birds also rest in the mangroves on Shenzhen Bay - a scant two miles north of Mai Po.
Dapeng New District: Dapeng New District's coastline features beaches, islands, reefs, sea cliffs, caves, bridges, columns and other maritime landforms. It has been proclaimed the most beautiful coastal scenery in Guangdong, and is known as the Pearl of Shenzhen and Oriental Hawaii. The Nanao coastal area is popular with tourists as well as local fishermen while the two islands of Sanmen and Laishi consist of aboriginal scenery. Local scenic attraction Xichong is also located in the district being noted for its undeveloped beach.