Located 32 kilometres northwest of the city centre of Shenzhen, Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport serves as the hub for Shenzhen Airlines and cargo airlines Shenzhen Donghai Airlines, Jade Cargo International, UPS Airlines, and SF Airlines. A new terminal is currently being constructed in the airport as part of a major expansion project. Compared to the Hong Kong International Airport, Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport offers travellers great connectivity to other Chinese cities for a more affordable price. There is, however, a lack of long haul air connections outside Asia and sometimes a concern in the service using the English language.
What to see & do
Shenzhen in China is known for its various theme parks which has also become the major tourist attraction in the city. Foreigners have tagged the rides as enjoying and amazingly tacky. The Happy Valley Theme Park is bigger and sometimes considered better than Hong Kong Disneyland because of its exciting rides for both kids and adults. Another must-see attraction is the military theme park Minsk World. The park is entered on the former Soviet aircraft carrier called Minsk. Visitors are given the chance to tour the island, flight deck, and the second and fifth decks of the carrier.
There are numerous religious structures in Shenzhen that you can visit including the Hong Fa Buddhist Temple which is always full of pilgrims from all around the country. The main attraction in this temple is its 104-year-old abbot who tells about the destruction and revival of Chinese Buddhism. There is also the Chiwan Tin Hau Temple, one of the country’s biggest temples to the goddess of heaven Tin Hau.
The city is home to areas with historical significance dating back to the twelfth century and highlights some great events like the final stand of the Southern Song Dynasty and the Opium War. For historical seekers, the Tomb of the Young Song Emperor is a perfect place to go since this is believed to be the resting place of the last Emperor of the Southern Song Dynasty. The Xin’an Ancient City, on the other hand, houses a town which has been in existence since the fourth century. Demolitions have marred the place to give way to modern constructions but the Ming Dynasty wall and gate remain preserved in the area.
How to get around within Shenzhen
The subway or the underground system called the Shenzhen Metro is the easiest and most convenient way to tour the entire city and discover interesting places. The trains comes in every three minutes until its last operations at 11 p.m. Be alert on exit-guide signs on this transport mode as these are only written in Chinese. You should also bring your own map to avoid getting lost in the exits. There are also metered taxi cabs available to take you straight to your destinations. City buses also ply the streets of Shenzhen and they are categorised according to their colours: orange for short routes, green for longer routes and the express buses. They stop at almost all bus stops in the city which are properly named to help tourists find out where they are. Biking also serves as an alternative in going around the city since it is a cycle-friendly neighbourhood. Bike paths have been opened to avoid them getting mixed with cars along the streets and people on the sidewalks
How to get there
It is a must for most tourists to secure a visa prior to entering any place in China. People from a wide list of countries can get into the city through Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport. The air terminal services AirAsia, which has direct flights from Bangkok, Thailand, and Kuala Lumpur and Kota, Kinabalu in Malaysia; and Silkair and Tiger Airways flying to and from Singapore.
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