5 Experiences You Shouldn’t Miss in Shenzhen

 July 6, 2022

By  Elle Gellrich

Shenzhen is one of the most popular cities in China. It is located north of Hong Kong and has become a major electronics manufacturing and exports center. It is the birthplace of Huawei, Tencent, and ZTE. There are many reasons why teaching English in Shenzhen attracts many teachers. Financial opportunities, convenient transportation system, and friendly locals speak English well. In this article, we will be exploring 5 experiences you can’t miss in Shenzhen!

A Little History

Shenzhen is a city in China located in the southern part of the country’s Guangdong province. It has a population of over 13 million, making it the most populous city in China and one of the world’s largest urban areas.

Located just north of Hong Kong on the Pearl River Delta, Shenzhen was an agricultural village until 1979, when Deng Xiaoping chose it as one of four special economic zones (SEZs) where foreign investment would be encouraged, and capitalism could flourish. Since then, it has grown into one of Asia’s leading financial centers, with skyscrapers rising out from its skyline and enormous shopping malls selling everything under the sun for tourists and locals alike to purchase at bargain prices.

Why do Teachers Choose Shenzhen?

Shenzhen is a great place for teachers to live, learn and teach. Here are just some of the reasons why jobs in Shenzhen for expats are on the rise:

  • The city has a rich history, dating back to the Ming dynasty. It’s also one of China’s most modern cities, with a booming economy and a high standard of living.
  • The city offers an excellent work-life balance, with many opportunities for leisure activities and cultural experiences and many places to relax after work in Shenzhen’s traditional tea houses.
  • Shenzhen has excellent public transportation, making it easy for teachers to get around the city quickly and conveniently. The subway system has more than 100 stations and over 1 million daily riders!

5 Experiences you can’t miss in Shenzhen

Shenzhen is a great city to experience, with a lot to offer. Here are five experiences you can’t miss in Shenzhen:

  • The Cantonese cuisine
  • Visit the Dafen oil painting village
  • Shop at KK100
  • Explore the electronics market in Huaqiangbei
  • Explore the antiques

1. The Cantonese cuisine

Shenzhen is a city that caters to all types of foodies. The first experience you should not miss is the Cantonese cuisine. It uses seafood, dim sum, and rice as its main ingredients.

The best part about this type of food is that although it has many complex flavors, it’s still effortless to cook at home because most ingredients are available everywhere. Some people believe this could be one of their most robust characteristics: they can make something simple taste amazing!

2. Visit the Dafen oil painting village

Located in Shenzhen’s Longgang district, this is where most of China’s most famous artists live and work. The village has become a hub for oil painting factories, galleries, and an important tourist attraction. You can experience some incredible works of art here, shopping, dining, and experiencing local culture within its many shops and restaurants. When you’re done checking out all the unique paintings, you can head to a cafe or restaurant where you can enjoy some delicious local food at affordable prices that will not break your budget!

3. Go shopping at the KK100

If you are an international shopper, the KK100 is a must-see. It has over 1,000 shops and restaurants, including several of the world’s top brands such as H&M, Mango, and Uniqlo. The mall also includes a large supermarket that sells imported goods from all around the world.

The high-end shopping center attracts tourists and locals, making it easy to get lost in the crowd. If you need help finding your way around, it will help to ask for directions at one of its many information desks, and there will be someone willing to help you out!

4. Explore the electronics market in Huaqiangbei

The electronics market in Huaqiangbei is a great place to buy cheap electronics. It’s located near the KK100 and is open 24 hours a day. The market has everything from computers to clothes; you can find many different brands there. If you’re looking to get something cheap, this is the place for you!

5. Explore the antiques

Shenzhen is one of the only places in China where you can buy authentic antique Chinese furniture and art. Shenzhen has become an important center for antiques, with some of the best collections in Asia.

The best time to visit Shenzhen is during the spring or autumn months when there are fewer tourists. In addition to shopping, there are also several museums devoted to antique items such as ceramics, paintings, and calligraphy scrolls which are located near each other making it easy to see them all in one day.

Some popular destinations include:

  • Huaqiao Road Antiques Street
  • Shenzhen Art Gallery

Shenzhen is a great city to experience and has a lot to offer.

If you’re looking for a place to live, work, and experience China, Shenzhen is the place for you. The city is known as China’s Silicon Valley, and its many districts boast impressive skyscrapers, shopping malls, and restaurants.

Shenzhen has an abundance of bars, clubs, and restaurants – including those that specialize in traditional Chinese cuisine – making it ideal for those who enjoy eating out. You can also find plenty of shops selling designer clothes and accessories at discounted prices here!

In terms of entertainment options, Shenzhen offers everything from theme parks like Happy Valley Resort Park to beautiful beaches like Nanshan Beach (which also features several waterparks). It’s also home to some incredible museums, including the Shenzhen Museum – where you can learn more about its history – and plenty of theatres throughout the city too!

Overall, a trip and a stay in Shenzhen are worth the hype. The entire city is essentially a mind-blowing experiment. You see things there that you won’t see anywhere else, and the pace of change is so rapid that you will never feel bored. It’s almost like a dreamlike world that’s eerily familiar. If you have the chance to teach in China, don’t miss out on the opportunity.

Elle Gellrich


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