As well as casual restaurants and fine dining, Shenzhen is famous for its “Eat Streets”. These are agglomerations of cheap and cheerful restaurants serving food from all over China.
Bagua First Road Eat Street (八卦一路美食街, map), Bagua First Rd, Futian 福田区八卦一路 (Metro: Yuanling 园岭, take exit A and turn left). This was Shenzhen’s first Eat Street. Food was originally Cantonese brought by homesick Hong Kong factory owners. It’s now a smallish Eat Street compared to some of the others. Cantonese food is still good here but you can get food from all over China. Snake is excellent in season (October to January) here.
Chegongmiao Eat Street (车公庙美食街), Terra Industrial Zone, Futian District 福田区泰然工业区 (车公庙地铁站 Metro: Chegongmiao, take exit C, D, or F). A particularly large eat street, with good Sichuan, Hunan and Taiwanese food. There is also a good if unauthentic Macau style restaurant.
Shenzhen has many theme parks, which are popular with Chinese tourists. Reactions of Western visitors vary widely, from enjoying them immensely to finding them amazingly tacky. Most of these are operated by Overseas Chinese Town (OCT, 华侨城, Huáqiáochéng).
The best beaches are in eastern Shenzhen. The popular Dameisha and Xiaomeisha beaches are crowded and dirty, so go past them to the more peaceful beaches further east.
Huaqiangbei (华强北, Huáqiángběi, map) shopping area, centered around the street of the same name (华强北路, Huáqiángběi Lù), is the absolute epicenter of the world’s electronics industry. The shopping area is easy to reach by subway, with three stations along the pedestrian street: Huaqiang North Station (华强北站), Huaqiang Road Station (华强路站), and Huaxin Station (华新站).