Posted by Kelley Chan

A 40-minute trip from Hong Kong to China’s shopping haven.

Shenzhen is fast becoming an alternative shopping ground for visitors to Hong Kong.

lifestyleasia.com has an article named “The Travel Diary: Things to do in Shenzhen“, by Esther Cheng: Shenzhen, a 40-minute drive from Hong Kong, is fast becoming the next tourist destination besides Macau and Hong Kong, for those travelling in the region.
If you’re considering heading down to explore one of China’s most populous cities, you should check out these places when you’re in town.

Where to shop

KK Mall is a five-floor upscale mall which houses Shenzhen’s first IMAX 3D theatre.

KK Mall, which is also based under the tallest building in the city (441.8 metres), houses most of the fashion labels from the upper end of the retail market. And if shopping isn’t enough to entertain you, KK Mall is also the first location in Shenzhen to have an IMAX 3D theatre, for those who want to catch a 3D movie while they shop.

Should one mall not be enough, head on down a street away to the biggest mall in Shenzhen, MixC. Besides having all the high end fashion labels, MixC is home to an Olympic-size indoor ice skating rink, a cinema as well as a OLE, a high class supermarket with loads of imported products.

KK Mall深圳市罗湖区罗湖深南路蔡屋围京基金融中心, Kingkey Financial Center, Chai Wei Wu, Shennan Road, Luohu District, Shnezhen, +86 755 8218 1338

MixC深圳市罗湖区宝安南路1881, No. 1881, Baoan Nan Road, Luohu District , +86 0755 8266 8266

Where to eat 

Prince Kitchen is perfect for couples and friends who want to hang out. The huge space is split up to Chinese and Western sections.

Prince Kitchen Cuisine Creative, located just next to Jusco Shopping Mall, serves up a good mix of Chinese, Japanese and Western cuisines, a great place for anyone with an appetite.

Prince Kitchen is split up with both Western and Chinese features within the restaurant, and the atmosphere is perfect for couples as well as group dinners with friends. Although the most popular offerings here are from the Japanese menu, which is complimented by an extensive sake list, the Chinese and Western food is nonetheless worth trying out as well.

Price Kitchen Cuisine Creative, 深南中路1093号中信广场5, 5/F, Citic City Plaza, 1093 Shennan Zhonglu, +86 2598 8333

Where to visit

OCT East is a nine square-kilometre space, where you can find three theme parks, hotels and everything entertainment.

OCT (Overseas Chinese Town) East, which opened back in 2007, is a nine square-kilometre area that houses three theme parks — Knight Valley, Tea Stream Valley and Wind Valley– as well as resort hotels, three small scenic towns and golf courses. OCT is a must-go tourist destination, as it packs all things fun into one location.

Be sure to catch the finale performance in their theatre before heading back out for the night. Far from your average stage show, it combines acrobatic moves, aerial performances, motorbikes and water stunts. 

OCT East深圳市盐田区大梅沙东部华侨城(518083, Dameisha Shenzhen, +86 0755 8888 9888

Where to party

The Terrace is a live band pub, providing authentic Thai cuisine as well as American bar food.

The Terrace (蛇口太子路海上世界(星巴克上面), Seaworld Square, Shekou, +86 0755 2682 9105), located on the famous stretch of Sea World Square in Shekou, Shenzhen, provides a combination of amazing live band music and authentic American/Thai cuisines.

For more information on Shenzhen, check out www.nowshenzhen.com.