Getting to Shenzhen just got easier, as it was recently added on Cebu Pacific‘s list of international destinations. But what does this tech megacity by the coast have going for it? Here are seven places that you need to see for yourself:
Fairy Lake Botanical Garden
Built in 1983, this garden houses over 6,000 preserved plant species—it’s been sectioned off into six areas according to “scene,” like “desert,” “lake,” or “heaven and earth.” The Hongfa Temple faces the lake.
Window of the World
If you’ve ever ridden the “It’s a Small World” attraction in Disneyland, just imagine if someone turned it into an entire amusement park. Window of the World has miniature versions of all the world’s greatest landmarks.
Chung Ying Street (Zhong Ying Street)
Located in Shatoujiao Town, this street borders China and Hong Kong and is home to a rich, political history. In 1899, the town was divided into east and west, with Chung Ying Street in the middle. It became popular for shopping, thanks to the lowered prices of goods. Today, it is still a shopping area. There are also some relics, like a century-old Banyan tree and the town’s warning bell.
Similar to Window of the World, and just one metro station away, is Splendid China, which focuses on all of China’s famous sites. There’s another section of the park called Folk Village, which educates guests about Chinese ethnic culture through shows and performances.
1,800 meters long, this is the longest beach in Shenzhen. It was opened to the public in 1999. In the center is the rest area called Sun Square, where tourists can enjoy local food specialties and buy souvenirs. But the most visited part of the beach is Plank Road, which functions as a bridge to an observation deck over the water.
Dafen Oil Painting Village
Located in the Longang District, a trip to this village may mean a daytrip out of the city, but it is well worth it. Dafen used to make 60% of the world’s oil pantings, as the center of reproductions of Western masteprieces.
The highest mountain in Shenzhen (over 900 meters high) sits on the East side of the city, bordering a reservoir. The hike takes around 3 to 4 hours, depending on your skill level, although it’s also possible to take a car. The top viewing point offers a great view of the cityline.
*Nina Unlay is the editor of thegoodtrip.ph