Being a major financial centre and one of the wealthiest cities in China, Shenzhen is home to many tech companies as well as the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Dynamic, prosperous, and bustling with energy, the city does not draw many international tourists but attracts a whole host of international business people and national investment, making it one of the most diverse cities in China today. Mandarin is the 'lingua franca' here, but English is widely spoken thanks to its proximity to Hong Kong.
What can I expect from Shenzhen?
Many hotels in Shenzhen are a stone’s throw from the city centre, and come with facilities that will cater to all your business needs; such as executive suits and conference rooms with all the equipment you need to conduct your business. Thanks to its diversity, you can experience different Chinese cultures here too. The Splendid China and Chinese Folk Culture Village has a miniature park full of famous Chinese sites, and features 25 full-scale ethnic villages. There are also daily performances, such as Mongol horse battles and Ming Dynasty troupe shows.
What is it like doing business here?
The most convenient mode of travel is the Shenzhen Metro. You will easily locate a station no matter where you are, be it the airport, your office tower or hotel. A station also sits right at the doorstep of the Shenzhen Convention Centre (SZCEC), which regularly hosts a myriad of trade shows, public events and conferences, such as the China International Internet & Ecommerce Expo and the China Electronics Fair. Due to their proximity to each other, Shenzhen and Hong Kong are closely linked. With nine border crossings, there are multiple ways of travelling between the cities. Most international visitors will need a Chinese visa if they are travelling from Hong Kong.
What can I do after work before returning to my hotel in Shenzhen?
Wind down after a long day at work with one of the many bars at the West in Shekou’s Seaworld Square and OCT (Overseas Chinese Town), a cluster of scenic areas with entertainment facilities close to the city centre. If you want to relax, there are reputable spa complexes near the Lok Ma Chau border. It's good to be aware that Chinese massage can be painful, but will work wonders on all those aches and pains.