Top 3 places to visit in a day trip to Shenzhen
Updated 14:17, 09-Jan-2019
Cui Xingyu

The inbound and outbound visits in Shenzhen went beyond 250 million in 2018. Since the beginning of China's reform and opening-up in 1978, the city has seen a total of 4.2 billion inbound and outbound visits. 

Located in south China's Guangdong Province, Shenzhen connects Hong Kong to China's mainland and forms part of the Pearl River Delta. Its geographical advantage has played a significant role in its rapid economic growth. 

KK100, formerly known as Kingkey Financial Center, in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province /VCG Photo

KK100, formerly known as Kingkey Financial Center, in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province /VCG Photo

Shenzhen is known for various modern skyscrapers, theme parks and natural landscapes. If you would like to get away from busy work or school life at weekends, then the following three places will offer you a perfect day trip in Shenzhen. 

Overseas Chinese Town East (OCT East)

An aerial photography of OCT East, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province /VCG Photo

An aerial photography of OCT East, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province /VCG Photo

The views of flowers, trees, and mountains in OCT East /VCG Photo

The views of flowers, trees, and mountains in OCT East /VCG Photo

A flume ride in the Knight Valley Eco Park /VCG Photo

A flume ride in the Knight Valley Eco Park /VCG Photo

Overseas Chinese Town East (OCT East) is definitely a fun place to go. Located at Dameisha of Shenzhen, it covers an area of nine square kilometers. It is the first domestic comprehensive ecological tourism demonstration area that features leisure, tourism, outdoor sports, and science education.

It consists of six sections: Knight Valley Eco Park, Tea Stream Valley Holiday Park, Wind Valley Sports Park, Huaxing Temple, Theme Hotel Cluster and Tianlu Mansion.

The thrilling rides, shows and a replica European town will bring you immense joy and amusement. Come with your friends and prepare yourself to climb tons of stairs or escalators to reach all of the different attractions.

The Sea World Culture and Arts Center

The Sea World Culture and Arts Center in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province /VCG Photo

The Sea World Culture and Arts Center in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province /VCG Photo

For those who prefer an artistic site, the Sea World Culture and Arts Center will fit your taste. Situated within Sea World's coastal city complex in Shekou, Nanshan District, it was designed by Fumihiko Maki in 2011. 

The structure is comprised of three large volumes with each facing a different direction and representing a different local context: the sea, the mountains, and the city. It is said that designer Maki intended to improve Shenzhen's city image as well as the quality of life through this building.

It is indeed a fabulous place to wander, linger and discover.

Shenzhen's Western Binhai Promenade

Shenzhen's Western Binhai Promenade /VCG Photo

Shenzhen's Western Binhai Promenade /VCG Photo

It is always relaxing to take a stroll in a leisurely fashion at weekends. After two years of intense construction, Shenzhen's Western Binhai Promenade has officially opened to public since July 3, 2017, which connects the Sea World and the Shenzhen Bay Sports Park.

The Western Binhai Promenade features modern design, flower garden, and stunning natural views of mountains, sea, and sky. There are plenty of places to relax along with various play areas for children. You will enjoy your running, riding, or sightseeing here.

(With input from Xinhua)

(Cover Photo: The aerial photography of the night view in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province/ VCG Photo)