Shenzhen was a small fishing village until about 40 years ago. Today, it has been transformed into an international megacity, hosting more than 30,000 technology companies. As one of the R&D and manufacturing hubs of China, Shenzhen is the perfect place for entrepreneurs, researchers and innovators alike to make their home alongside tech giants such as Huawei, Tencent, manufacturer BYD, tech company DJI and medical device company Mindray.
Shenzhen’s cutting-edge areas of innovation – biotechnology, information technology, new energy, new materials, telecommunications, and the cultural and creative industries – make it a rising global metropolis. More than 30 per cent of the total Patent Cooperation Treaty patent applications in China in 2019 came from Shenzhen.
Dafen Oil Painting Village
Dafen has been nicknamed ‘the world’s art factory’ because it is here that hundreds of stalls produce hand-made imitations of some of the world’s most famous masterpieces. Dafen Art Museum is a monument to the skill of the artists who have earned their livings in the village.
Lianhua Shan Park
One of Shenzhen’s largest parks located in the center of the city. The main peak offers superb panoramic views of the Civic Center and downtown Futian, while on weekend evenings it is the perfect location to watch the famous Shenzhen light show.
Shenzhen Talent Park
Shenzhen’s first park based on the theme of ‘talent’. Located on land reclaimed from Shenzhen Bay, the park is composed of interlinked islands offering stunning views across the bay to Hong Kong.
Shenzhen’s largest temple, this labyrinthine Buddhist complex was formally opened to the public in 1990. Nestled up against the Wutong mountains in the Fairylake Botanical Gardens, it is a serene spot to watch locals practicing their worship.
A Ming dynasty walled town located on the Dapeng peninsula to the east of Shenzhen. Spend a lazy afternoon exploring history and culture before indulging in one of the restaurants nestled away inside the walls.
A collection of factories repurposed into a creative industries hub, OCT-LOFT has some of Shenzhen’s best bars, restaurants, cafes, design spaces and examples of street art.
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