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Shenzhen is a coastal city in the south of Guangdong Province, facing Dayawan Bay and Dapengwan Bay in the east and Lingding Sea and the mouth of Pearl River in the west. It is separated from Hong Kong by the Shenzhen River in the south, and is always known as 'Back Garden of Hong Kong'. The Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, as a component in the southern city, is reputed as 'A Pearl of South China'. With its excellent environment, glitzy economy and opening mindset, the city has become a dream destination for many enterprising persons as well as a resort for all kinds of travelers.
Though usually representing the newest trend of a period, Shenzhen, as a county, has already had a long history of more than 1,600 years. When initiated as a county, it was named 'Bao'an', and then recalled many times due to the unstable local government. Not until 1979, it was authorized as a city within the prefecture of Guangdong Province, and first entitled 'Shenzhen'. The special economic zone was established in 1980 as a test base for the Chinese Reform and Opening Policy, which gives it a good opportunity to develop to be a first-class city in China.
Perhaps a distinctive feeling will be aroused when traveling in Shenzhen. The city boasts the world largest miniature scenic areas, Splendid China, Windows of the World and China Folk Culture Village, which condense the elite China and world sceneries in the city. Apart from these artificial sights, various verdant mountains, relaxing beaches, theme parks, safari park and arboretum are also enough to delight you.
As a lively city, Shenzhen is also a paradise for recreation. Whatever you desire, Shenzhen has an offer. All standards of kursaals, ice rinks, golf courses, racket courts, bowling alleys, KTV, cinemas and theatres and other common recreational centers, makes Shenzhen a city that never sleeps.
Shenzhen is also a window to view the fashion goods of the world. For it neighbors the taxless ports of Hong Kong and Macau, the merchandise here is not only varied but also pretty economical. The extravagant Renmin Nan (International Trade Center), economical Huaqing Bei, traditional East Gate Pedestrian Street, and fashionable Fudian Shopping Center are the four most famous spots for shopping here. The Sino-British Street in Shatoujiao Town, 'a street with two social systems', is also often brimming with all kinds of visitors. The landmark in the center of the street is the border line between Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
As a nucleus of Guangdong Province, the food here mainly focuses on Guangdong (Cantonese) Cuisine. However, thanks to the frequent immigrants from other areas of China, all kinds of dishes can be savored here. In addition, various foreign dishes, such as Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese and occidental snacks are all available. In Shenzhen, it is easy to find a restaurant, cafe or teahouse to satisfy your appetite.
Shenzhen International Airport, located 35 km. (22 miles) away from the city center, has air routes to Beijing, Shanghai, Urumqi, Dalian, Hangzhou, Kunming and other over 30 big and small domestic destinations. To travel to other cities of China by road, Shenzhen Railway Station and other three coach stations are within your reach. There are also eight harbors in the city where you can easily get to Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou, Zhuhai and other coastal cities.
For travel within the city, subway, buses and taxies are all available.
Good day! I am Hyacinth from the Philippines. I will be going to HK this coming June 2009, and be planning to go to Shenzen by ourselves through MTR. SIr, what are we going to ride after the Lok Ma Chau station in HK so we could reach the WINDOW OF THE WORLD park? and do you have any idea how much would it cost? Can we rent/hire a little cart?:) if so, where could we reserve it?
We will just go back at night time in HK. So, what time will MTR opens and closes? Thank you very much. Please reply in my email add.