Fly To Shenzhen, China
Shenzhen is a large, modern city in China’s Guangdong province, near Hong Kong. Despite its size and the hustle and bustle of the city, it doesn’t feel as hectic as China’s capital in its pace and atmosphere. The city is on UNESCO’s Creative Cities list, and is home to an abundance of amusement parks, some lovely beaches, Zen-like gardens and a thriving downtown all within its boundaries. Whatever your purpose for visiting, you are sure to enjoy the city and all it has to offer.
There are no direct flights between South Africa and Shenzhen; but we’ve made it easy to search, compare and book flights via a number of other cities. Flights to Shenzhen from Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and other SA airports are available on all airlines through Travelstart. Find and book the cheapest flights with the most convenient connections on Singapore Airlines flights via Singapore, Cathay Pacific flights via Hong Kong and many more options. Simply enter your trip details into the flight search to see the latest prices, airlines and availability. Refine your search for cheap Shenzhen flights with useful parameters like number of stops, flight duration and price; and find the airlines with the most convenient connections on Travelstart.co.za.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to enter China, which can be arranged at the Chinese Embassy in Pretoria (Telephone: +27 (0)12 431 6500). Make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after you return, and that it has 2 blank pages for stamps.
- The closest South African Embassy to China is situated in Beijing. The address is 5 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Beijing 100600. Phone: +86 10 6532 7323. Website: saembassy.org.cn.
See and do
Happy Valley of Shenzhen is an amusement park that even the grownups will enjoy for its beauty and jaw-dropping rides. China Folk Culture Village is great for learning more about the people and culture of the area, while Fairy Lake Botanical Gardens is one of the country’s most amazing gardens. There are also many museums (Shenzhen Museum and Shenzhen Art Museum for starters), temples such as Hong Fa Buddhist Temple and historical sites to see too.
You will forever regret missing out on a truly wondrous experience unless you go to at least one amusement park while you are in the city. These are every bit as strange, wonderful and fun as you would expect. Try checking out one of the theatres to catch a concert, and be sure to indulge in some massage therapy at one of the city’s many spas (of which there are many). There are many beaches here as well, along with day trips to nearby islands if you feel like getting out for a bit.
While this may be good news for shoppers, knowing that Shenzhen is very credit card friendly won’t be great on your card. All the same, prices are fairly good, and there is a lot to buy! Cash is your best bet for markets and smaller stores, so it may be easier to withdraw before you head out for retail therapy. Best places to shop include Luohu, Dong Men Pedestrian Street, Hua Qiang Bei, KingGlory Plaza, Tea World Terminal Market and Jiahua Foreign Trade Clothing Market. Look for clothing, items for the home, tea of course and Buddhist trinkets.
Getting around is pretty simple – there are many options when it comes to public transport. These include the metro (a number of lines are available and trains run every three minutes until 23h00); metered cabs (cheap but not the safest or the easiest option if you don’t have directions written in Chinese); blue electric taxis (no surcharge for these); buses (cheap, comfortable and reliable); bikes (it is easier to buy a cheap bike from a local supermarket than to try hire one) or car hire (often this option includes a driver).
Shenzhen Airport (Bao'an) – SZX
Food and beverage: Starbucks, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Cuiyuan Restaurant, Golden Unicorn and KFC.
Currency Exchange: Try the Foreign Currency Exchange Counter in the departure hall of Terminal B.
Lost Luggage: Lost & Found is situated opposite Gate 3 on the first floor of Terminal A, and opposite Gate 4 on the first floor of Terminal B – you may need to report lost baggage with your airline if nothing turns up at the airport.
Airport Hotels: Shenzhen Airport Hotel, Sunway Hotel, Jinjiang Inn Shenzhen Airport and Vienna Hotel Shenzhen Airport.
Car Hire: Dollar, Rhino, Avis, Sixt, Hertz and National.
Airport Hub: Shenzhen Airport (code SZX) is a hub for Shenzhen Airlines, Jade Cargo International, Shenzhen Donghai Airlines, SF Airlines and UPS Airlines.