bordering Hong Kong to the south. The town holds a sub-provincial administrative status, and its cityscape is the result from its vibrant economy flourishing from rapid foreign investments due to the country's change of policies in reforming and opening up its cities to the world in 1979. Shenzhen is a city leading in global technology, dubbed by the media as the next Silicon Valley. The city ranks 12th in the 2018 Global Financial Centres Index and possesses one of the busiest export and import container ships ports in the world.
This airport is located 35 kilometres from central Shenzhen city and serves both domestic as well as international flights. Donghai Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines and Jade Cargo International are using this hub amongst other international airlines, with Shenzhen Airlines operating mainly in this airport. The airport is also connected by Hong Kong International Airport, and passengers can take ferries from Shekou Cruise Centre and Fuyoung Ferry Terminal to HKIA Skypier. The HKIA is connected to Shenzhen Airport via coach buses.
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The best time to visit Shenzhen is from October to December. It will be a pleasant time in Shenzhen with cold temperature. Another time is August to September when a series of celebrations are held. Spring in Shenzhen (Feb - Apr) is a time to recover from the cold days. Just like the typical sub-tropical climate, the weather of spring in Shenzhen is changeable. It is a season with the fewest sunny days in all the year. Foggy days and rainy days may last for a week in the early and middle spring. Summer in Shenzhen (May - October) is incredibly high humidity combined with soaring temperatures. It is better to avoid your Shenzhen tour in this terrible season. Typhoon season lasts from June to October. The severe weather will be ended in mid-September. But from mid-September to October, it is a dry time in Shenzhen. Autumn in Shenzhen (Oct - Jan) is the most comfortable time to have a Shenzhen tour. Sunny days with cool temperature through all the autumn, be careful about the dry skin situation in this season. And also, it will turn cold in late autumn. Winter in Shenzhen (Jan - Feb) is a short time with a shortage of rainfalls and windy days. The exact time of winter in Shenzhen is from Jan 13 to Feb 5.
1. Sea World - In the quieter suburb of Shekou, you will find Sea World - a famous plaza – not an aquarium as the name suggests. There are a lot of western and European style restaurants, cafes and clubs. It is also renowned for its imported German and Irish beers, and you will maybe feel at home in bars like McCawleys, The Tavern and the more upmarket Terrace - all catering for both the Chinese and the large expat community living in this area.
2. Tien Hou Temple, Chiwan - Built originally in the Song Dynasty, the Tien Hou Temple has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. But by Shenzhen standards, it appears old and is constructed in a traditional style. It's not far from Sea World, and you can take a taxi, metro or bus. The temple is still in use, and some of the buildings are being renovated to provide a small museum of the temple's history. For a 15 Yuan entrance fee, you can walk wherever you want, climb three levels of buildings, explore the Drum Tower, take photographs and enjoy the pungent smell of incense. The temple is beautifully decorated, although a little worn at the edges, but it feels authentic and un-touristy. There's an incense burning area in front of a central hall where Tian Hou, goddess of the sea, is worshipped.
3. Nanshan Mountain - Stand in the entrance to Sea World and look inland, you will see the lush green hills that make up the Nanshan Mountain. This is a challenging hike, either up and down or on a circular walk. It is challenging because it comprises over 700 neatly concreted steps to the top, generating far more of a burn on the calf muscles than a natural climb. Allow 1 to 1.5 hours for the up and down hike, or twice as long if you take the circular route. Look out for the map of the area on the left as you approach the entrance. There is no entry charge, and the mountain is open from 6.00 am - 9.00 pm every day, although it is never seen it gated outside these hours. There are usually food sellers with fruit and water both on the way to the entrance and at the top of the mountain. There are also squat toilets at the top, but remember to take your toilet paper. On the way to the hill you will pass the International Conference Centre on the left. In the basement of this building is a bowling alley with ping-pong tables. All equipment can be hired. It is open between 3.00 pm and 10.30 pm.