What to see in Shenzhen during furniture shopping? Tourist guide
If you like big cities, high technology, innovation, and skyscrapers – you will love Shenzhen. The city, which only 35 years old, is one of the four largest cities in China with 13 million population. Electric cars on every corner and a completely cashless life. - this is Shenzhen.
How to get: High-speed train Guangzhou - Shenzhen takes 30 minutes to 1.5 hours (depending on the station)
Price: around 80 RMB
Sea World (海上世界) in Shenzhen
Without a shadow of a doubt, a great place for family fun and some alone time. A ship built on land, surrounded by streets of restaurants, cafes and bars with live music, as well as a huge shopping center which was built not so long ago.
Come and find signing and dancing fountains:
Monday - Thursday and Sunday 19:00, 20:00
Friday, Saturday and holidays 19:00, 20:00, 21:00
The Sea World will not only surprise with the variety of cuisines, entertainment and architecture but also with the number of foreigners around. Shekou has the biggest expat population in the whole city. This is the main reason why all bars and restaurants have English speaking service.
Shekou Portort is 20 minutes walk from the crazy and liquored night streets. It's sometimes the best way to get to Macau, downtown of HK and Hong Kong Airport. There are no traffic jams and the time to cross the border is very short because ships don’t wait.
Address: 深圳市南山区望海路1128号海上世界 (Line 2, Sea World station, exit A)
Dongmen and Laojie (东门和老街）in Shenzhen
Countless shops of clothes, bags, shoes, cosmetics. They are everywhere: above the ground, underground, around food, woven into the subway passages, the first time it is very easy to get lost. If you like to bargain - this is heaven on earth. Remember that it is not allowed to try clothes on (clothes like trousers, shirts, t-shirts, etc.), quality things are not cheap and, of course, bargain!
The very first McDonald in Shenzhen is still standing proudly here with its famous typically Asian roof with corners bent to the sky. If you look from afar, it looks like an ancient giant among small anthills.
Dongmen offers an amazing selection of food: streets and nooks and crannies, small cafes, street food with lines going for way too long. Sometimes people from other cities come specifically here for street food.
Be prepared for crowd noises, shouting promotions locals, there are around 300K people coming here every day.
Laojie — 老街 (Line 1,3, Laojie station, any exit.)
Dongmen — 东门步行街 (Line 1, Laojie station, underground exit)
Window of the World (世界之窗) in Shenzhen
48 hectares and 130 mini-reproductions of famous world landmarks, the star of this collection is, of course, the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysees. If you have no time to travel the world, the most popular tourist destinations can be visited in one day and for 210 RMB.
锦绣中华民古村 is another park located right next to the Window of the World, it makes performances of different ethnic minorities of China.
Address: 深圳市南山区深南大道9037号世界之窗 (Line 2, Window of the World station, exit C: Line 1, Window of the World station and exit)
Guangdong Wutongshan National Forest Garden (广东梧桐山国家森林公园) in Shenzhen
The highest peak in the vicinity of Shenzhen is Wutongshan Mountain (900 meters above sea level), located in the Luohu district on the very east of the city.
The park located far from the city centre and metro lines. If you decide to come here, come early to have more time to walk around.
Working hours: 07:00-18:00
Fairy Lake Botanical Garden (深圳仙湖植物园) in Shenzhen
This park is huge park, well maintained and cosy. Take a bus (3 RMB) from the park entrance to the starting point, there you can use a minibus (10 RMB). What to expect: lotuses and water lilies, peach orchard, stunning stone forest. To interest children, take them to the paleontological museum (extra fee required).
The park has cafes and shops with food, drinks and souvenirs.
Working hours: 06:00-21:30.
Free entrance: 06:00-08:00, 18:00-21:30
Evergreen Resort (青青世界) in Shenzhen
A lovely beautiful park full of entertainment and truly interesting installations: a rainforest with dinosaur statues, a farm with butterflies, a ceramic pavilion, a garden with vegetables and fruits, where children and parents can see not only how and where the usual vegetables grow, but also tropical fruits and berries. A flower garden, where you can buy flowers and plants grown from seeds, as well as everything for the garden.
Working hours: 08:30-18:00 (tickets are available till 17:30)
Price: 75 RMB/adult, 40 RMB/children
COCO PARK (购物公园) in Shenzhen
The place with the highest concentration of restaurants, bars and clubs in the city.
- Shopping Park (购物公园) - Line 1 and 3, Shopping Park station, exit В
- 星河COCO PARK - Line 1 and 3, Shopping Park station, exit С
- Central Walk (怡景中心城) - Line 1 and 4, Convention & Exhibition Center station, exit В
- WONGTEE PLAZA (皇庭广场) - Line 1 and 4, Convention & Exhibition Center station, exit С.
- Bars: Viva, Pepper club, ZAZOO live (живая музыка), VIIVIVI 766Cocktail & Whiskey, Mokihi, The HAPLOID (Коктейльный бар), BlaBlaBar 奈雪酒屋 and many more.
Address: 深圳市福田区民田路138号 (Line 1 and LIne 3, Shopping Park station)
HuaQiangBei Electronic Market (华强北) in Shenzhen
The market amazes with its scale; it is a whole complex of buildings specializing in electrics, electronics and spare parts. Resellers and direct factory representatives are in here. Keep in mind that the higher the floor the lower the price (because upper floors occupied by wholesalers). If you want to buy a couple of pieces for yourself and your family, you can only buy on the lower floors.
How to get: Metro line 2 and 7.
Best electronics markets in Huaqiangbei in Shenzhen:
Saige Market (赛格通信市场)
Here are many shops from manufacturing plants, they occupy the upper floors of the building. By the way, goods are sold reluctantly, especially parts. Sometimes sellers may refuse to sell if you buy retail (less than 1,000 or 10,000 units at once).
Taipingyang Market (太平洋安防专业市场)
This market has gathered everything for security systems: CCTV cameras, doors, everything that may be needed when managing or putting together a building security system.
Mingtong Market is a market for phones and mobile equipment. Here are hundreds of outlets selling any phones and smartphones wholesale and retail.
Sanda Market is a 2 floors building with the widest selection of tablets there is in Shenzhen.
TongTianDi Market is a market for mobile phones spare parts. It takes 30 minutes (200 meters) to go through the market. It’s an absolute paradise for owners of salons for repairing smartphones and other gadgets.
If you want to buy an iPhone, iPad or any other gadget (original, refurbished, fake), then take a look at the FeiYang Market. They repair, reflash, resell mobile phones and tablets. Any phone can upgrade for a modest fee.
If you want to watch iPhone 6 is being remade into the iPhone 7 visit this market.
Yuanwang Digital Mall（远望数码商城）
Yuanwang Digital Mall - dedicated to mobile technologies. This is the market for hundreds of shops clogged with smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and other gadgets. It is famous for the ability to buy smuggled smartphones and Apple gadgets, Samsung, HTC and other well-known brands at the lowest prices.
Check carefully gadgets quality, because there is a risk of fake. Price does not indicate fake or original here. Because prices are low both for original smartphones that were stolen from manufacturing plants, as well as for fake ones.
You can find a beta version of the next iPhone, which is not yet on sale.
Beaches and ocean in Shenzhen
Shenzhen goes by the coast all the way from Guangzhou border to Huizhou.
Shenzhen’s most popular beaches: Dameisha (大梅沙), Xiaomeisha (小梅沙). It takes 1.5 hours to reach them from the city centre (with empty roads).
Xichong (溪涌), Shuitousha (水头沙), Xichong (西冲), Dongchong (东冲) located even further away to the east, in about an hour ride from Dameisha.
If you plan to visit city beaches during the holidays or weekends, be prepared to see hundreds of thousands of people. However, it’s easy to find a better spot, just moving further away from the main human crowds.
For those who want a relaxing holiday, consider one of the remote suburbs like Huizhou (惠州). Food prices here are slightly higher than in the city, but the place is chill and tranquil, and water quality is better than near the Shenzhen. Although there are not so many entertainments in Huizhou bays, it is better to go for 3-4 days, excluding weekends for total relaxation.
Address of the beaches in Shenzhen
Dameisha (大梅沙) - 深圳市盐田区盐梅路大梅沙
Xiaomeisha (小梅沙) - 盐葵路小梅沙段39号
Xichong (溪涌) - 大鹏新区葵涌街道深葵路1031号溪涌
Shuitousha (水头沙) - 广东省深圳市龙岗区水沙路22号附近水头沙
Xichong (西冲) - 广东省深圳市龙岗区S359(南西公路)南澳西冲
Dongchong (东冲) - 深圳市龙岗区东涌旅游区内东冲沙滩
A furniture tour to China is not only a great opportunity to buy everything you need in a short time, but also the opportunity to travel to such unique and amazing cities like Shenzhen.