Now when one thinks of a university, relaxation and nature are perhaps not the two words that come to mind. However, as is so often the case with all things China, things are different here.  I’ve been to many universities over China from Beijing to Guangzhou, and the common theme among them is big, and Shenzhen University is no exception to this.  I remember being awed at the size of it, especially compared to universities back in my home county of England.

Large lake as part of the university grounds

 Now of course Shenzhen University is primarily a place for study, and it has a large student base of both Chinese and international students.  As you walk around you will see students from all walks of life buzzing around going from class to class both on foot and by bike.   But Shenzhen University is also a GREAT place to walk around and explore.  It’s almost a scenic spot in itself.  With it’s ample grounds, beautiful nature and abundant space it’s the perfect place for a walk to clear your head and relax in the big city. 

Lots of greenery

The focal point of the ground is the large lake, this is a perfect spot to sit and people watch, or you can feed the ducks.  Its nice to walk around and soak up some sunshine and nature, forgetting you’re actually in the middle of a big busy city.   There is also a shady path you can walk on, which has many flowers and fruit trees around you, many of the old buildings and departments are also dotted around too.

Lots of nature around you

 A hidden gem of these grounds is undoubtedly the greenhouse.  Full of tropical plants and flowers it’s a visual treat for the eyes.  You can just walk in, take photos or just simply have a look.  The grounds are open to the public.

Greenhouse of tropical plants

You can walk around at your leisure, but if you didn’t want to, there are golf cart shuttles running every few mins in all directions.  Just hop on and off at the designated sign posted stops.  The campus grounds are like a small town in itself with a bank, shops, restaurants, milk tea stores and so much more so you won’t go hungry or thirsty here.    To get here you can take any number of gates/entrances either from Shenzhen University metro or from Taoyuan metro depending on what is easier for you. 

Time 1-2 hours.  For nature lovers, peace and quiet seekers. 

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