One of the most populous and richest cities in China, Shenzhen (map) is in *Guangdong Province on the Hong Kong border about 100 km south of Guangzhou.
In the era of tea clippers, both Guangdong and its capital Guangzhou were often referred to on maps and in spoken English as Canton. Other versions no longer used include Kwangtung. The food and language of the area are still known as Cantonese.
Shenzhen has been growing like crazy since the 1980s. The city has become a center for international trade and manufacturing, leading many to call it the “Silicon Valley of China”. Other draws for visitors include an array of amusement parks as well as extensive, scenic mountains for hiking.
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People, even long time Shenzhen residents, will confidently tell you that “Shenzhen has no history”. Historic sites are concentrated in Nanshan and the eastern parts of the city. Eastern Shenzhen also has several well-preserved traditional Hakka villages.
*Center (Futian, map / Luohu, map) – this is the main area that most visitors to Shenzhen experience, with its humongous electronics markets, fashionable residents, and border crossings to Hong Kong.
*Nanshan (map) – The trendy district and arguably the cultural center of Shenzhen. It’s a happening place—international artist communities, multiple amusement parks, and a handful of historic sites.
Somewhat ignored by international travellers, Shenzhen is a popular destination for Chinese domestic tourists who have been attracted by its famous theme parks, but as the city has developed and become richer they are increasingly drawn by Shenzhen’s famous architecture, shopping, bars, restaurants and active art scene.
Shenzhen has a prominent nightlife culture, with most of the activity centered in the entertainment complexes of COCO Park (map) and Shekou, with the former being referred by the South China Morning Post (SCMP) as “Shenzhen’s answer to Lan Kwai Fong.”
The best time to visit Shenzhen is October to December when the weather is pleasantly cool. Shenzhen has a sub-tropical climate with incredibly high humidity combined with soaring temperatures in the summer. For many, this is a season to avoid. The long intense summer also coincides with the typhoon season from June to October.