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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 Club in Shēnzhèn

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 prelude …
Top Choice Music in Shēnzhèn

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 Teng…
Top Choice Books in Shēnzhèn

Old Heaven Books

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

Phoenix House

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 from the Guǎ…
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…