Nanshan mountain is one of if not the most popular mountain to hike in Shenzhen. This is because it’s a fast, relatively easy hike and it can be easily reached by public transport. Although heading into Shekou from outside of Nanshan can be a little tiresome at times.

Lovely views available / image courtesy of Shenzhen Guide
Panoramic city views / image courtesy of Shenzhen Guide

It’s not a high peak, coming in at only 330M high, and it can be scaled up and down in around 2 hours or so. As with most mountains in Shenzhen, there are multiple entry and exit points. So only the main ones will be covered.

Some nice character and charm / image courtesy of Shenzhen Guide

Main route

You can choose to take the stairs to the stop, these are steep and can give your knees a bit of trouble but it is the quickest shortest route to the top. It’s a good cardio workout and will likely leave you out of breath, but don’t worry there are many rest stops along the way if you wanted to take a break.

There are lots of stairs here, although this is not the only route. There are others available / image courtesy of Shenzhen Guide
Well signposted / image courtesy of Shenzhen Guide
Some nice nature along the way / image courtesy of Shenzhen Guide


There is also the option of taking a paved road to the top if you do not fancy tackling the stairs. The choice is yours. When you get to the top you will be met with some majestic, sweeping panoramic views of the city below you. They really are quite magnificent. You can get views of Bao’an, Nanshan and some of Futian too. At night the view is equally marvelous, providing a totally different perspective than in the daytime.

Night View from Nanshan Mountain / image courtesy of Shenzhen Guide
image courtesy of Shenzhen Guide
Ocean views / image courtesy of Shenzhen Guide

Going down you have the choice of stairs or paved roads, and as with going up, have multiple exits to choose from. Ending the Nanshan Mountain hike at Seaworld is the most common choice because of the F&B options available.

Difficulty 2.5/5

Time around 2 hours


Seaworld metro exit A

No.8 Shekou Villa, Nanshan District, Shenzhen China


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You can also enter from nearby ‘Smelly Cat’ coffeeshop in Shuiwan. Head to KIS International School

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from Shekou Walmart, go west direction, there is an entrance; from City Garden, go a bit south then turn right at the 7 Days hotel, walk about 10 munites, there is another entrance.

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As with other articles, this is just a guide. It is not an organized hike or event, and I bear no responsibility for any injury or accident that occurred during this hike. Thanks for reading this information, and for more guides on things to do in Shenzhen please keep following the NowShenzhen official WeChat account or you may connect with me directly.

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