Attractions

Top Choice Arts Centre in Shēnzhèn

Dàfēn Oil Painting Village

This folksy urban village of narrow lanes and alleys is a pleasure to visit in itself, but what makes Dàfēn simply unmissable are the hundreds of art studios and stores churning out reproduction oil paintings by han…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Shēnzhèn

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 crisscrossed by cobbled laneways. It's also a great place to brows…
Top Choice Park in Shēnzhèn

Liánhuā Shān Park

It's an easy half-hour amble up to the top of this tropical hill in the heart of Fútián district for Shēnzhèn's best skyline photographs. Appropriately, you'll be sharing the mind-blowing vistas with Deng Xiaoping (…
Top Choice Gallery in Shēnzhèn

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 Ānhuī province. Several galleries display his work, and the wonderful ca…
Top Choice Amusement Park in Shēnzhèn

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 reali…
Top Choice Gallery in Shēnzhèn

Design Society

China's first dedicated museum of design, this architectural landmark opened on the Shékǒu shore in 2017 to considerable media fanfare. This was largely down to its inaugural exhibition, 'Values of Design', featurin…
Village in Shēnzhèn

Dàpéng Fortress

This Ming dynasty–era 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…
Notable Building in Shēnzhèn

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 Shēnzhèn’s Fútián Cultural District. Opened in 2016, the exterior is…
Notable Building in Shēnzhèn

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 Shēnzhèn's ever-blooming Fútián district. The Free Sky Observation Deck offers s…
Waterfront in Shēnzhèn

OCT Harbour

You could almost be in California at this palm-lined lifestyle complex set around artificial lakes and fountains, offering upscale dining, nightlife and shopping. There's plenty here for kids, from a huge Hello Kitt…