Cheap Flights To Shenzhen
One of the wealthiest cities in China and located north of Hong Kong, Shenzhen is a vibrant, modern metropolis and home to almost eighteen million inhabitants. The city's skyline is dominated by some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world and the region is considered to be one of southern China's major financial centres. The city features a humid subtropical climate, with long humid summers tempered by rainfall and mild, dry winters.
The earliest archaeological finds date back to 5000 B.C. and consist of shards from a historical site in Dapeng Bay. The area has been ruled by several dynastic families including the Southern Song, Ming and Han. Today, this spirited city is visited by thousands of tourists each year, not least because of its array of interesting attractions and a plethora of activities for people of all age groups and interests. Visit the Happy Valley Shenzhen: a sprawling theme park spanning 86 acres. The park is themed in the Mayan style and contains 100's of various rollercoasters, rides and other attractions. The city is also home to an abundance of festivals and annual events. Plan your trip to coincide with the Dragon Boat Race Festival in June. As the name suggests, the event features exciting dragon boat racing along the Longgang River and the festival is free of charge.
Things To Do
There is absolutely no shortage of things to do in Shenzhen. From enjoying the white knuckle rides in the theme parks to exploring some of the many historical sites, Shenzhen has it all.
Take the family to the sprawling Happy Valley Shenzhen. The architecture and rides have been constructed in the Mayan style and the park spans more than 80 acres. Rollercoasters, ghost rides, bouncy castles and a children's play area are just some of the activities on offer.
Dine in luxurious surroundings at the high-end 1881 at Grand Hyatt Hotel. The restaurant specialises in Northern Chinese cuisine and delicacies include wood-fired Beijing duck and kong bao style shrimp.
Tien Hou Temple, Chiwan, was built during the Song Dynasty. The beautifully decorated temple is still used by devotees but also houses a museum exhibiting artefacts and artwork from the period.
Calendar Of Events
Music, art and sporting events are taken very seriously in Shenzhen and the region. Subsequently, an impressive selection of events and festivals are hosted and celebrated every year.
Dragon Boat Race. Visit in June when the Dragon Boat Race Festival is hosted. The event features brightly decorated dragon boats racing along the Longgang River and culminates in a feast and firework display.
Shenzhen Anime Festival. The Anime Festival is hosted in July and spans five days. Activities include street dancing contests, costumed role play, challenge competitions, Chinese art, workshops, lectures and live musical performances.
Grand Theatre Art Festival. Hosted in September, the Grand Theatre Art Festival is the most famous and visited arts festival in China. Events include traditional Chinese operas, drama, dance and song.