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What to do in Shenzhen? Our top list of activities

With its extensive coastline and outdoor parks, you will never be asking yourself “What to do in Shenzhen?” This Chinese city provides a variety of activities for those living in or visiting Shenzhen. The city has made great strides in building world-class facilities for museums and exhibitions such as the Shenzhen Museum of Contemporary Art. If you are looking for your thing to do in Shenzhen, look no further.

Exhibitions and conferences

Shenzhen is home to two exhibition centers. One is located in Futian District, center of the city, and hosts the Shenzhen Hi-tech fair as well as the Shenzhen Cultural Fair. The Shenzhen Conference and Exhibition Center is flanked by many great five-star hotels. These two tentpole Shenzhen exhibitions are just some of the many fairs that are organized throughout the year.

Outside near the Shenzhen Airport is the largest exhibition space in the world called Shenzhen World. This is the next-generation exhibition space that just opened in 2020.

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How to spend your weekend

Plan your weekend activities in Shenzhen through our event calendar or with the suggestions below. Step into the hidden side of Shenzhen with these secret spots.

Shenzhen massages are a way to relax after a long workweek. Massive massage places abound in the city. The most famous massage is at Queen’s Spa.

Eat street food in Dongmen while shopping at wholesale markets.

Family activities in Shenzhen

With migrants from all over China coming to build their future in Shenzhen, the city has many activities for children and the family.

Theme Parks & Zoo

Take the family to one of Shenzhen’s many theme parks including the popular Windows of the World. Kids will really enjoy the Happy Valley theme park. Next to Happy Valley is the Playa Maya Waterpark if you need to cool down in the hot Shenzhen weather.

See wild animals at the Shenzhen Zoo or go underwater by taking the kids to an aquarium.

For the best views in Shenzhen go to the top of the Ping An Finance tower. Another great vantage point is from Deng Xiaoping statue at the peak in Lotus Hill.

Read a book at Shenzhen Book City.

Evening activities and dining in Shenzhen

Shenzhen doesn’t close. In fact, the residents like to go out later at night when it is cooler and it is a place that you can go clubbing all night and then grab a lobster to eat for breakfast. Sample the Shenzhen nightlife scene with our guide to the bars and clubs in the city.

Wander around Shekou Sea world and grab a bite to eat at a Shenzhen restaurant.

If drinking is not your thing then knock down some pins at a bowling alley.

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Outdoor activities and sports

As an expansive mountainous city with an extensive metro system you can find out many outdoor activities to do. Hike on Nanshan Mountain or Wutong Mountain. Spend a day at the Yantian beaches learning Standup Paddle Boarding.

Dribble a basketball on the many courts or join the touch rugby team

Other indoor sports are available like racing Go-Karts at K11 Speed in Shekou.

Parks are all over the city and well-connected, fly a kite at Shenzhen Central Park. Exercise along Shenzhen Bay Park with a sea view.

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Culture and Art

When we started this website Shenzhen was known as a cultural desert. After 20 years it is starting to come into its own with the government building all the cultural facilities that an international city should have.

Visit the Guanlan Printmaking Center & Museum to see art in an old Guangdong village. Get your favorite painting copied at the Dafen Art Village.

Take a trip back in time to the Dapeng Fortress

Learn about Chinese culture at Splendid China theme park.

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