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Shenzhen Introduction

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 - China Folk Culture Villages and Windows of the World, 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.

Window of the World

Window of the World, which lies next to Splendid China  and China Folk Culture Village in Shenzhen, is a large-scale theme park that condenses the elite natural sceneries, historical and cultural sights, and folk cultures in the world. Stay here in a day and your dream of traveling to all over the world will come true.

The park consists of 9 scenic areas: the World Square, Asia Zone, Africa Zone, Europe Zone, America Zone, Oceania Zone, Modern High-tech Recreational Zone, World Sculpture Zone and the International Street . It includes as many as 118 miniature scenic spots of the world wonders, which are built in the proportion of 1:1, 1:5 or 1:15. Here one can appreciate the spectacular sights of the world's greatest feats of architecture, such as the Pyramids of Egypt, Angkor Wat of Cambodia, Arch of Triumph (Arc de Triomphe) in Paris, India's Taj Mahal, the Sydney Opera House, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Apart from that, visitors can also enjoy drifting in the American Grand Canyon, skiing in the Alps Indoor Skiing Field, exploring the labyrinthic Amazon Jungle and the Earth's Core of Greenland, viewing the mountain torrents of Venezuela and the volcano burst of Hawaii, playing with dinosaurs, and go hunting with bow or rifle in the wild woods.

The International Street is a good place to have a taste of the world dishes and drinks, and to purchase the arts and crafts of many nations. It is especially boistrous at night, when the cross-cultural folk performances are presented and a number of visitors come to have a good time. The World Square, also featuring the architectural styles of many lands, is the active centre for visitors.

How to Get to Window of the World

Window of the World is located in the western suburb of the city and can be easily reached by bus routes of No. 101, No. 105, No.204, No.113, No. 223, No. 311 and others. The subway is also accessible.

Admission Fee
CNY 160
CNY 50 for evening performance after 19:00
Opening Time
09:00 – 22:30
Best Time to Visit
August and September (Evening time)

Shenzhen Travel Tips
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.