Shenzhen Explorer

Day trip to mainland China

Private vehicle & driver

Shop like a local

This guided day tour to mainland China offers a day in the life of a local in Shenzhen! Explore the different neighbourhoods in Shenzhen, gain an understanding of the diverse standards of living within the city, and shop where the locals do. Please note that a visitor’s visa is required and, for many visitors, can be acquired at the border. See eligibility and price information here.


Local suburb

High Levels

Window of the World

Chinese Folk Culture Village

Trip Details


USD $660 per group (up to 5 people)

Big groups & child price info.

Groups greater than 5 people are welcome for $50 per each additional person. Should you be travelling in a group of more than 6 people, a larger vehicle will need to be rented at your expense. Children 11 & under tour free!

Start time

8:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m.


Daily, upon request


6 hours

Meeting point

Your hotel lobby in Shenzhen or Hong Kong

Maximum group size

15 people
If you would like to book a tour for more than 15 people, please contact us!

Transport type

Vehicle & driver in Shenzhen included. Public transport from Hong Kong to Shenzhen (not included).

Visa requirements

A visa is required to enter mainland China.

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Please check your eligibility for the Shenzhen Visa on arrival here. While most countries’ citizens are eligible for a landing visa that can be acquired at the border, citizens of certain countries (USA, for example) will benefit from arranging a full China visa prior to arrival.


Visa assistance, vehicle & driver, private guide

Not included

Meals, souvenirs

What to bring

Cash for visa, shopping and food (around $100 USD total). Please wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.

Your Shenzhen Itinerary

Journey Into Mainland China

Since the end of the 20th century, Shenzhen has exploded from a small city of 100,000 residents to a booming metropolis of more than 14 million. Shenzhen, as a result, is an ideal destination to get a glimpse of the local lifestyle on mainland China and to see how the city transformed itself to accommodate the population boom.

We’ll begin at your Hong Kong hotel lobby and take the train together to Shenzhen. On the way, you’ll learn about the history of Shenzhen, how its rapid growth came about, and how it is now an entrance point to China for international traders and manufacturers.

When we arrive in Shenzhen, we’ll drive to a local middle class suburb to see how the locals live. Prepare to be surprised by the high standard of living here–it’s often said to be better than that of Hong Kong! On this tour, we’ll explore the different lifestyles for the distinct classes within Shenzhen and perceive these differences through a favourite local activity: shopping.

Shop Like a Local in Shenzehn

We’ll explore local markets and shopping malls where the locals shop for food, local goods, and even so-called “knock-offs.” We’ll discover local culinary cultures and sample some classic cuisine–dimsum, hotpot, or other local favourites– at spots completely unknown to tourists. Along the way, you’ll be amazed by the impact new technologies and mobile phones have had on life in China–a fact that is prevalent everywhere, from shops to restaurants.

After leaving the suburban shopping areas, we have a few different options: Take a monorail through the famous Windows of the World, Chinese Folk Cultural Village, and Happy Valley; head to the popular local shopping area of Dongmen to get another taste of the local retail environment; hike up the Shenzhen Lianhuashan Park for a great view of the city (and of parents looking for matches for their single children!); visit the OCT Loft Creative Culture Park; go to the local university and dine in the canteen. We’re always on the lookout for local activities to suit your unique interests!

Definitely off the tourist path, this tour of Shenzhen will give you a solid introduction to mainland China and an understanding of cultural differences even within the Chinese race.


The majority of foreign passport holders need a visa to enter Shenzhen. A short-stay landing visa is available at the border for many travellers, but please review eligibility here as some countries’ citizens benefit from arranging a full China tourist visa prior to travelling.