The Best Day Trips from Shenzhen

Hong Kong harbour views are awesome (c) Bernard Spragg / Flickr
Hong Kong harbour views are awesome (c) Bernard Spragg / Flickr
Sarah Karacs

Shenzhen is an extraordinary city with a wealth of sights and activities available. But, positioned in the Pearl River Delta, it’s also conveniently located near several great alternative destinations that take no time at all to visit. Here are our favourite day trips out of the metropolis.

Hong Kong

Of all Shenzhen’s neighbours, Hong Kong should come first on the list of places to visit. The Special Administrative Region is just a border crossing away, but provides a very different experience to that of Shenzhen. The former British colony is a home to unforgettably beautiful outlying islands, a world class art scene, and an extremely foreigner friendly way of life. Bear in mind that you’ll need to convert your cash to Hong Kong Dollars.


The second, lesser known autonomous region in China, Macau used to be a Portuguese colony and as such incorporates a fascinating blend of Latin and Chinese cultures. Its delicious cuisine is the best example of how these two cultures have entwined together. Explore the city’s fascinating past by visiting the breathtaking Ruins of Saint Paul’s and the historic city centre. A trip to the Venetian is also an option if casinos appeal. Like Hong Kong, Macau has its own currency, the Macanese Pataca (MOP).

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