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Situated in south-central Guangdong Province, Shenzhen is part of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ). It is one of China’s wealthiest and fastest-growing cities.

Home to a stock exchange, many banking and financial institutions and hi-technology manufacturing companies, the city also boasts many tourist attractions such as beaches and theme parks.

Visas

All international travellers require visas although Brunei, Japan, and Singapore passport holders are able to enjoy visa-free access to China for up to 15 days.

Standard 30-day, single-entry visas can be issued in three to five working days from most Chinese embassies, and must be used within three months of the date of issue. Longer visas are often more difficult to obtain.

For further details, consult with your travel agent, China International Travel Service, China Travel Service, or any Chinese embassy or consulate.

View visa requirements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China


Currency

The Chinese currency is known as renminbi (RMB). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels as well as shopping malls.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

RMB 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.2 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.13 Euro (EUR)
0.1 British Pound (GBP)
1.27 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
10.43 Indian Rupee (INR)
19.12 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.21 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.16 US Dollar (USD)

Taxes

A 15% surcharge, including government tax, is applicable in most hotels and some private restaurants.


Tipping

Many mid-range and top-end restaurants generally include their own service charge which varies between establishments.

Officially, tipping is considered inappropriate and is discouraged.


Business Hours

Bank Hours
9am - 5pm, Monday through Friday
9am - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday

Office Hours
9am - 6pm, Monday through Friday

Shopping Hours 
Major shopping malls open from 10am - 10pm daily


Public Health

Visitors entering China are required to complete a health declaration form. Check with your local doctor or health care professional about vaccination requirements before you plan your trip.

The hotel recommends that you drink only boiled or bottled water during your stay in Shenzhen. Bottled drinking water is available in every room and is replenished daily.


Dress

Dress is generally informal in Shenzhen except on social, diplomatic or government occasions when a suit and tie is appropriate.

Lightweight clothing is appropriate for spring and summer months. A sweater or a pullover is recommended during autumn and thicker jacket during winter.


Weather

Shenzhen has a subtropical climate with long summers and short winters. Frequent rainfall and occasional typhoons occur from August to October.

The temperature ranges from very warm during the summer- 25°C to 38° C (77°F to 100°F) – to moderately cool to cold during the winter - 3°C  to 13°C (37°F to 55°F)

Today

Partly Sunny with Showers

Partly sunny, a shower in the afternoon

High: 17°C / 62°F
Low: 11°C / 51°F

Tomorrow

Rain

Cool with rain and drizzle

High: 15°C / 59°F
Low: 11°C / 51°F
Saturday:
Sunny High: 20°C / 68°F Low: 12°C / 53°F
Sunday:
Mostly Sunny High: 18°C / 64°F Low: 9°C / 48°F
Monday:
Sunny High: 17°C / 62°F Low: 12°C / 53°F
Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 18ºC 8ºC
Feb 20ºC 10ºC
Mar 22ºC 13ºC
Apr 27ºC 18ºC
May 30ºC 20ºC
Jun 32ºC 23ºC
Jul 34ºC 24ºC
Aug 34ºC 24ºC
Sep 32ºC 22ºC
Oct 28ºC 18ºC
Nov 24ºC 13ºC
Dec 20ºC 9ºC
Facts

Population
13 million

Language
Mandarin, Cantonese, English

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Measures
Metric System

Voltage
220 volts

Plug Type
  

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / /1800 / 1900