One of China's most youthful, diverse and populous cities, Shenzhen has rapidly evolved from a quiet fishing port to a bustling modern metropolis. Located in China's Guangdong Province, just north of Hong Kong, Shenzhen is famous for its array of elaborate theme parks, as well as its beautiful beaches, world-class shopping and lively bars, restaurants and arts scene. Choose a hotel in Shenzhen's heart and get ready to soak up the vibrant energy of this exciting city and its rich heritage.
Start your exploration of the city's rich heritage at the fascinating Shenzhen Museum, home to a huge collection of artefacts and travelling exhibits; then experience the atmosphere of an ancient Cantonese town in the Xin'an area, where you can find many well-preserved structures from the Ming Dynasty.
Visit ancient forts on the banks of the Pearl River at Dapeng and Chiwan, and explore fortified settlements once belonging to the Hakka people at Crane Lake and Dawanshiju. You can also admire the area's beautiful temples, such as the colourful Chiwan Tin Hau Temple, which dates from the 15th century.
Stepping forward in time, take a stroll along the famous shopping destination Chung Ying Street, which lies precisely on the border between Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Hunt for bargains before taking time out to enjoy the wide array of local and international cuisine available in the city's restaurants.
Those in search of thrills can check out the rides at the Happy Valley theme park, or head to one of the spectacular beaches along the Dapeng Peninsula to cool off during the hotter months. Alternately, unwind in one of the city's lovely parks and green spaces, or in a luxurious spa – speak to your hotel for recommendations.
Arts lovers can choose from a huge selection of contemporary art galleries showcasing exciting new work, or enjoy a performance at the concert hall in the Shenzhen Cultural Centre. For a wider view of Chinese history and architecture, check out the scale models of famous Chinese attractions at the Splendid China theme park – home to over 100 carefully designed replicas in vast, landscaped grounds. The Window of the World park boasts a similar set-up but features iconic monuments from around the world, from the Eiffel Tower to the pyramids.
Intrigued by the expansive energy of this dynamic city? Book a Shenzhen hotel with Marriott today and get ready to explore this fascinating metropolis.