Welcome to Shēnzhèn
One of China’s wealthiest cities and a Special Economic Zone, Shēnzhèn (深圳) draws a mix of young tech professionals, business people, investors and migrant workers to its golden gates. It's a popular, easy day trip from Hong Kong, surprising most visitors who just expect a peek at a very serious mainland China, but instead find thriving club and indie-music nightlife, a growing contemporary art and design scene and hip local shopping. Shēnzhèn's collection of amusingly bizarre theme parks have long been a draw, and there are a handful of quirky specialty markets where you can grab a bargain house decoration or dozen. Shēnzhèn is also a useful transport hub for other parts of China.
It's worth remembering if you're planning a day trip from Hong Kong, you'll still need a mainland Chinese visa to enter Shēnzhèn.