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Top attractions of Shenzen

Tipped to be one of China's most visited cities Shenzhen is a cultural and leisure haven for the travelling masses. From theme parks to historic hotspots here are the city's main attractions.

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Splendid China

Splendid China

Having opened its doors to the public nearly 20 years ago Splendid China remains one of Shenzhen's chief cultural highlights. Constructed as a Folk Cultural Village, the venue explores the identity, performance art forms and lifestyles of the main 56 ethnic groups occupying the Chinese mainland. One of the points of interests within the space includes its Miniature Park which contains replicas of world wonders from around the globe. Known as Window of the World the venue contains replicas of iconic landmarks such as Sydney Opera House, the Pyramids, Taj Mahal, The Acropolis and even the Eiffel Tower.

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Safari Park

Safari Park

A must-visit hotspot for all nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts touring Shenzhen Safari Park is a one of a kind sanctuary in the city. Located on the banks of Xili Lake the venue is home to more than 300 species of wildlife including Asian elephants, pandas Bengal tigers and giraffes.

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Minsk World

Minsk World

Located within the idyllic confines of Dapeng Bay Minsk World is a piece of Shenzhen that resembles European landscapes found in the capital city of Belarus. An intriguing theme park that boasts Russian military machinery and other items as its main highlights the venue is named after the USSR aircraft carrier of the same name also found on-site.

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Xianhu Lake Botanical Garden

Xianhu Lake Botanical Garden

Tipped to be Shenzhen's most popular green space sprawling Xianhu Lake Botanical Garden offers visitors a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of cosmopolitan Shenzhen. Littered with lush, green lawns and towering trees this quaint public park and botanical garden is the ideal place to relax and unwind after a busy day of sightseeing. Travellers based in premium Shenzhen apartment accommodation in establishments such as the Ascott Maillen Shenzhen will be in close range of this park and other highlights.

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Happy Valley

Happy Valley

Ideally situated in the Nanshan District the Happy Valley theme park in Shenzhen is no less impressive than its counterparts in other major Chinese cities. Perfect for families with children some of the must-visit points of interest in Happy Valley include the Gold Mine Town, The Spanish Square, Mt. Adventure and Cartoon City while Typhoon Bay, Shangri-la Woods and the Playa Maya Water Park are also engaging adventure hubs.

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Dameisha Promenade

Dameisha Promenade

A favourite haunt for beach lovers touring Shenzhen this white, sandy patch is located a mere 30km from the heart of the city's business district. Resembling a resort town the idyllic beach is perfect for beachfront activities.

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Shenzhen Cultural Center

Shenzhen Cultural Center

Designed by the iconic architect that designed the Weill Cornell Medical College and the Kyoto Concert Hall the Shenzhen Cultural Center is an avant-garde architectural masterpiece in its own right. Reflecting the city's aspirations to become a cultural hub for the arts the venue is a key landmark in Shenzhen.