Shenzhen: Getting Around

A few “travellers’ tips” for navigating this impressive metropolis

Shenzhen is a coastal city located about 160 km from Guangzhou and 35 km to Hong Kong. The city borders the Dapeng Bay in the east, the estuary of the Pearl River in the west, and New Territory of Hong Kong in the south. With a total area of 2,050 sq km, Shenzhen has a population of more than 10 million people. The city’s beautiful landscape, beaches, amusement centres, ritzy architecture, and clean streets have made it one of the hottest tourist destinations in China.

With sea, land and air checkpoints, Shenzhen has a safe, quick and convenient tourist transport network. Eating, travelling and shopping in Shenzhen are made easy and fun with ample tourism infrastructure and products and food from around the world.

Being China’s largest port city and window of opening up to the outside world, Shenzhen sees hundreds of millions of people travelling through its border points every year. Statistics show that more than 60% of people traveling from mainland cities to Hong Kong or overseas destinations via Hong Kong choose to make a stopover in Shenzhen. Overseas visitors entering China through Shenzhen checkpoints also often choose to make Shenzhen one of their destinations.

There are more than 100 scenic spots around the city, including man-made theme parks, natural ecological parks, coastal resorts, shopping plazas and historic sites. Overseas Chinese Town is one of China’s first 5A-rated scenic spots, the highest national level.

Shenzhen has a large number of coastal scenic spots, including Shenzhen Bay, Mangrove Nature Reserve and a 15-kilometer coastal leisure corridor in the west, with Zhongying Street, Dameisha and Xiaomeisha beaches, Sea World and Dapeng Peninsula in the east. The coastline along Dapeng Peninsula was named one of the eight most beautiful coasts in China by Chinese National Geography magazine. Shenzhen has more than 20 public beaches, some of which are linked by seaside walkways.

Shenzhen is renowned as a shopping paradise, with abundant choices of international luxury goods and local products at hand. The culturally diverse city offers a variety of foods, from Western cuisines to local street food. A profusion of shopping malls and department stores provides a pleasant atmosphere for shoppers.

With a developed retail network, there are more than 204,000 retail outlets in Shenzhen, with floor space of more than 25 million square meters, or 1.52 square meters per capita. There are nearly 500 stores that have floor space of more than 5,000 square meters. Eight top national retail chains, such as China Resources Vanguard, are headquartered in Shenzhen.

Shenzhen serves some of the best food in the world. With thousands of eateries, visitors can taste delicious food representing countless cultures. Bar streets, including those in Shekou Sea World, Window of the World and Coco Park, all provide good choices for pub-goers at night.


Shenzhen Baoan Airport (SZX) is the main airport offering hundreds of domestic and international airlines flights that connect Shenzhen with 80 other cities. Convenient travel between Hong Kong and Shenzhen is also available by bus service available at the airport and bus tickets can be purchased at either Shenzhen Airport or Hong Kong International Airport.

There are three railway stations in the city – Shenzhen Railway Station, West Railway Station and North Railway Station through which passengers can get to Beijing, Shanghai, Quangzhou, Lanzhou, Tianji, Chengdu, Nanjing, Hefei and more.

Shenzhen’s subway system consists of several lines providing a fast, relatively inexpensive means of getting around the city. The subway also reaches the border between Shenzhen and Hong Kong at Luo Hu station and Fu Tian Kou An stations where passengers can connect to the Hong Kong rail line.

Taxis operate by a zone system identifiable by colour. Red taxis go a long distance; yellow ones only operate in special zones; and green ones can operate outside the special economic zone.