Shenzhen is located in the south of Guangdong Province with Hongkong to its south. It is a coastal city with beautiful scenery. It consists of the Special Economic Zone and Baoan county, with a floor space of 2020 square kilometres and a population of 1.9 million.
In 1970 Shenzhen was established as a city, and in 1980 was designated as a Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Its total coastal line is 230 km.
Over the past dozen years, Shenzhen has scored tremendous development in various social and economic undertakings, turning itself from a frontier town into a modern city.
Dapeng Fortress in Dapeng Township in Longgang District was built to repel Japanese invaders in 1394, occupying an area of 110,000sqm. It is the only State-protected cultural relic in Shenzhen.
Located in the north of the new city center, the hill is named because of its shape. Covering a total are of 166 hectares, the hill park is the largest green space in the central city area.
Overseas Chinese Town
Located in the western part of the special economic zone, Overseas Chinese Town embraces the theme parks of Splendid China, the China Folk Culture Villages, Window of the World and Happy Valley. The parks feature a wide variety of replicas of natural scenery and historical architecture, reflecting the essence of traditional Chinese and international culture. The area serves as a model for the city in urban planning, construction and horticulture.
Running through downtown Shenzhen and extending 17.2km, Shennan Thoroughfare is one of the busiest streets in Shenzhen. Many landmark buildings are along this street. It is also a representation of Shenzhen's night scenery.
At a height of 944 meters, Wutong Mountain is the highest mountain in Shenzhen. There are forest parks, sports parks and hiking tracks for visitors. On top of the mountain, one can gaze over Hong Kong and enjoy splendid sea and landscapes.
Dameisha and Xiaomeisha Beaches
Dameisha and Xiaomeisha beaches are located at Dapeng Bay. Dubbed "Hawaii of the East," the beaches are popular recreational areas during holidays.
"Zhongying Street," in Shatoujiao Township, Yantian District, is part of an alluvial area between Wutong Mountain and the South China Sea. Stone border markers were put along the middle of the street in 1898 when Britain took more land from China for Hong Kong. That is why it has been called "Zhongying Street," or "Chinese-English Street."
Half of the street is still part of Hong Kong .
Famous for "one street, two systems," the street also has a museum and historic sites such as an ancient well, a fort, an ancestral temple and the Sea Goddess Shrine.
Located on Yangtai Mountain, the valley is an important source for Shenzhen rivers. More than 10 reservoirs are located around the foot of the mountain. The valley is particularly enjoyable during rainy seasons. Below the mountain is where the Hakka people live.