Top ChoiceArts Centre in Shenzhen

Dafen Oil Painting Village

This folksy urban village of narrow lanes and alleys is a pleasure to visit in itself, but what makes Dafen simply unmissable is the hundreds of art studios and shops churning out reproduction oil paintings by...

Top ChoiceArts Centre in Shenzhen

OCT-LOFT

OCT-LOFT

By far the best place for strolling or simply hanging out in the city is the breezy OCT-LOFT complex, a warren of repurposed communist-era factories criss-crossed by cobbled laneways. It's also a great place to...

Top ChoicePark in Shenzhen

Lianhua Shan Park

It's an easy half-hour amble up to the top of this tropical hill in the heart of Futian District for Shenzhen's best skyline photographs. Appropriately, you'll be sharing the mind-blowing vistas with Deng...

Top ChoiceClub in Shenzhen

Oil

Quite possibly the best underground club in China, Oil is a compact, sweaty chapel to electronic beats, the darker and more esoteric the better. An adjoining cocktail bar (open nightly) provides the perfect...

Top ChoiceBooks in Shenzhen

Old Heaven Books

A delicious bookshop specialising in cultural and academic titles, Old Heaven also doubles as a vinyl-music shop, cafe, live venue and community creative hub. It's a great place to plug in and catch up on that...

Top ChoiceGallery in Shenzhen

Sunrise Art Center

Built from the vestiges of a century-old Hakka home, this idyllic courtyard gallery was created by Chen Qiuzhi, a contemporary ink artist from Anhui province. Several galleries display his work, and the wonderful...

Top ChoiceCantonese in Shenzhen

Phoenix House

This is one of the most popular Cantonese chains in town, so expect noisy waits for a table after 11.30am. Must-try dim sum here are the sweet durian puffs (榴莲酥, liúlián sū) and chén cūn fěn (陈村粉), a speciality...

Top ChoiceAmusement Park in Shenzhen

Window of the World

It's 'Around the World in 80 Minutes' (OK, more like half a day) at this endearingly kitsch theme park set in well-tended gardens. From the Houses of Parliament to the Pyramids, the world's great monuments are...

Top ChoiceGallery in Shenzhen

Design Society

Design Society

China's first dedicated museum of design, this architectural landmark opened with media fanfare in 2017 on the Shekou shore with its famous founding partner, London's V&A Museum. A focus on contemporary...

Top ChoiceLive Music in Shenzhen

B10 Live House

From hair metal to experimental jazz, all genres are equal at this warehouse live-music venue that welcomes eclectic performers from around the world. The musical heartbeat of OCT-LOFT, B10 is also the principal...

Top ChoiceElectronics in Shenzhen

Huaqiang Electronics World

Miniscule spy cameras, jiving robots, e-skateboards and air-conditioned jackets (yep!) – for a sea of innovative, cut-price kidult toys, head to this multifloor electronics mall on Huaqiang Bei Commercial St....

Top ChoiceCantonese in Shenzhen

Hoi Fan

Get an iced lemon coke with your 'kung fu' crispy duck at this fun contemporary Canto chain, originally from Guangzhou. The bilingual picture menu presents all manner of treats from roast-meat platters to...

Top ChoiceDim Sum in Shenzhen

Fán Lóu

Excellent dim sum is served in square steamer baskets at this friendly and highly affordable restaurant. The tick-box picture menu is Chinese only; a simple payment key using Chinese characters denotes how much...

Music in Shenzhen

OCT-LOFT Jazz Festival

Savour 16 days of cutting-edge live jazz each October across various postindustrial venues at OCT-LOFT. The festival, which also offers workshops, screenings and exhibitions, is curated by B10 Live House owners...

Village in Shenzhen

Dapeng Fortress

Dapeng Fortress

This Ming dynasty walled town was erected 600 years ago to shore up the coastline against marauding Japanese pirates, and later became embroiled in the Opium Wars with the British in the 19th century. Old houses...

Electronics in Shenzhen

Huaqiang Bei Commercial St

A sizeable chunk of Shenzhen's prosperity can be traced to this vast cottage industry of tech that stretches across city blocks. Mall after mall selling every tiny electrical component imaginable has helped make...

Indian in Shenzhen

Bollywood Cafe

Here you'll find the best food from the Indian subcontinent in Shenzhen, if not all Guangdong. Tandoor-baked breads and succulent meats are complemented by southern-style curries and dosa (savoury crêpes), and...

Cultural in Shenzhen

Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture

This excellent arts festival installs itself into various parts of the city for a few months every two years, presenting thought-provoking exhibitions and events on issues faced by rapidly urbanising cities like...

Notable Building in Shenzhen

Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition

Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition

One of those thrillingly space-age, 'only in China' architectural projects, this gargantuan exhibition space designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au anchors Shenzhen’s Fútián Cultural District. Opened in 2016, the exterior...

Notable Building in Shenzhen

Ping An Finance Centre

The fourth-tallest building in the world when it topped out in 2015, the Ping An Finance Centre (599m) rises like a glass pencil above Shenzhen's ever-blooming Futian District. The Free Sky Observation Deck...