The City

Bordering Hong Kong and one of the fastest-growing cities in China, Shenzhen is quickly becoming known as the tech capital of the world.

What to see

What to see

As well as its reputation for technological development, Shenzhen is also a fantastic place to appreciate art and design. There are different exhibitions on depending on the time of year, and it’s well worth seeing what’s on while you’re there. The OCT Loft Creative Culture Park is a great place to check out art shops and relax in cafes.

What to do

What to do

Take in the beauty of Lianhua Mountain Park, hit the shops at the massive Luohu Commercial City shopping centre, explore China’s history at Splendid China Folk Culture Village, and catch some sun, sea and sand at Dameisha and Xiaomeisha beaches.

What to eat

What to eat

Shenzhen is a great place to sample Cantonese food, like congee for breakfast and dimsum for lunch. Shajin oysters – bred in Bao’an District – are also on many a Shenzhen menu. Look out for them steamed, fried, roasted or barbecued.

Did You Know?

Shenzhen was the first of China’s Special Economic Zones. Developed in 1980, Special Economic Zones were designed to encourage both international and domestic trade.


Combine your one-on-one classes with exciting tours accompanied by your teacher in Shenzhen. This is your opportunity to experience the city with a local while improving your Chinese skills.

Each tour has a five-hour duration and you can customise it as you wish, choosing where to visit and counting on your teacher’s help to decide the best itinerary for the day.

Our teachers have selected interesting places they would love to show you around. Here are their suggestions for a one-day tour in Shenzhen.

  • Shenzhen Green Tour

    Shenzhen Green Tour

    • Shenzhen Mangrove Nature Reserve
    • Shenzhen Bay Park
    • Talent Park
    • Shenzhen Bay Bridge
    • Shekou Gourmet World
  • Shenzhen City Walk

    Shenzhen City Walk

    • Citizen Central Square
    • Central Book City
    • Guanshan Yue Art Museum
    • Lotus Hill Park
  • Shenzhen Art Tour

    Shenzhen Art Tour

    • ShenZhen Splendid China Folk Culture Village
    • He xiangning Art Museum
    • Shenzhen OCT Contemporary Art Terminal


Would you like to make a difference while visiting Shenzhen?

We’ve partnered with organisations that will offer you the opportunity to volunteer in a range of activities, from teaching English to supporting care for older people. This unique experience will allow you to have a positive impact while learning more about Chinese culture and practising the language.

Shenzhen, China