Shenzhen

Not long ago, Shenzhen was a small town located next to Hong Kong, and now it has become one of China’s biggest and most important cities. And although this city does not offer many historical attractions, it is famous for its theme parks. As mentioned before, it is located next to Hong Kong, so it can be a quick and easy day trip if you are looking for theme parks that offer fun and cultural experiences, beautiful parks and beaches, excellent shopping areas, and even a few museums like the Shenzhen Museum where you can learn about the city’s history from prehistorical times to the present day.

SAFETY INDEX

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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Shenzhen is quite safe and a non-violent city. Travelers are often victims of petty crime, but this can be prevented by taking precautions.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

Pickpockets and purse snatching are common in crowded places. We advise that you keep an eye on your belonging when you find yourself in busy and crowded areas.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Mugging and kidnapping against foreigners are extremely rare.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : HIGH

Counterfeit is a significant problem in Shenzhen. To avoid getting counterfeit currency, always try to carry small bills or to use exact change.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Be cautious when taking a taxi, especially at airports. Avoid unlicensed taxis, insist that the taxi driver use his/her meter, request a receipt, and ask your driver to remove the bags from the trunk before you get out of the taxi and before you pay.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

The rainy season may cause flooding and landslides.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Terrorist attacks are possible in Shenzhen but the probabilities are low.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Women should avoid walking alone at night, particularly in empty areas, and should take the women reserved cars in the subway and train.

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WHAT TO DO?

Shekou

With thousands of expats living in this residential area, it is not surprising to find many western restaurants, bars, clubs, and many English-speaking people. There is very little crime in this area.

Luohu

Located in the southern part of Shenzhen, Luohu is the base for the city’s best shopping destinations, and it is also the where the major train stations is. Note that as a shopping district, there isn’t much to do after 10pm.

Nanshan

Nanshan is another popular district of Shenzhen. It is located in the southwest area of the city, and it offers a wide range of tourist activities.

Futian

Although Futian is mostly a residential district, it has some tourist attractions and shopping opportunities. Some of It main attractions are the Citizen’s Center, Lizhi Park, and Hua Qiang Bei Commercial Area among others.

Useful Information

There are no specific difficulties for travellers entering China. The main requirements are a passport that’s valid for six months after the expiry date of your visa, and a visa. Citizens from 51 nations (including the US, Australia, Canada, France, Brazil and the UK) can stay in Beijing for 72 hours without a visa as long as it is a layover, they are traveling outside of China, have a third-country visa, and an air ticket out of Beijing. Similarly, travellers from the 51 nations can stay 144 hours in Shanghai, Nanjing or Gangzhou without a visa. For more information about the Chinese visa, please visit the Chinese Visa Application Service Center website. Hong Kong and Macau have a separate visa and entry administration. See entry requirements for Hong Kong here and here for Macau.
China’s currency is called “yuan” or renminbi (RMB, “the people’s money”). Denominations of bills: 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, and 1 yuan. There are ATMs in big cities and towns. China is still a cash culture, so do not rely on your credit card.
The rainy season typically begins in February and ends in September. July and August are the hottest months of the year; some provinces have reported heat alerts. The typhoon season in China is usually from May to November affecting the southern and eastern coasts.
China’s major airports are Beijing Capital International Airport, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, Hong Kong International Airport, Xian Xianyang International Airport, Guilin Liangjiang International Airport, and Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport. If you’re looking for cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page