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Top Choice Arts Centre in Shēnzhèn

OCT-LOFT

The sprawling OCT-LOFT complex, converted from fashionably austere communist-era factories, is one of the best places to see contemporary art in Shēnzhèn, and makes for a wonderful (if ever-more commercial) browse-a…
Top Choice South Indian in Shēnzhèn

Bollywood Cafe

One of the top restaurants for international food in Guǎngdōng – definitely the best Indian. The South Indian flavours have kick in the Kedai chicken or flaky naan. A steady flow of Indian families and businessmen t…
Top Choice Books in Shēnzhèn

Old Heaven Books

A delicious bookstore specialising in cultural and academic titles, that also doubles as a music store (vinyls anyone?). Gigs sometimes take place in the adjoining cafe. Located in the northern section of the OCT-LO…
Top Choice Village in Shēnzhèn

Dàpéng Fortress

This walled town and lively village built 600 years ago lies on Shēnzhèn's eastern edge and was a key battle site in the Opium Wars of the 19th century. Stately mansions, fortress gates and ornate temples from the M…
Top Choice Village in Shēnzhèn

Guānlán Original Printmaking Base

At this 300-year-old village, rows of quaint black-and-white houses exuding a modest, functional elegance unique to Hakka architecture are occupied by the workshops and galleries of printmaking artists from China an…
Arts & Crafts in Shēnzhèn

Dàfēn Oil Painting Village

A real eye-opener: 600 studios-cum-stores, churning out thousands of copies of Rembrandt, Renoir and Picasso paintings every week, and some original work, in laneways for all to see. Prices start from ¥200. Exit the…
Live Music in Shēnzhèn

Brown Sugar Jar

Sandwiched between a garage and a hair salon near the entrance of Crown Technology Park (皇冠科技園; Huángguān Kējìyuán), this loft-like bar is where local and foreign indie bands play every weekend from 9pm. Run by youn…
Amusement Park in Shēnzhèn

Window of the World

Just a few minutes' walk from the OCT Art & Design Gallery is a series of dated theme parks that are always packed with snap-happy Chinese tourists. They're fun destinations for a family day out. Window of the W…
Gallery in Shēnzhèn

Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition

Designed by architect Coop Himmelb(l)au, this gargantuan contemporary art gallery anchors Shēnzhèn’s Futian Cultural District. You’ll notice it immediately: the exterior is a giant curve of chrome planted among the …
Gallery in Shēnzhèn

Design Society

Shēnzhèn’s white-glass design landmark, opened in collaboration with London’s V&A, is set in a landscaped park in a gentrifying port district overlooking northwestern Hong Kong. Designed by award-winning archite…