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Shekou, a waterfront neighborhood on the southern tip of Shenzhen, faces Yuen Long in Hong Kong across Shenzhen Bay. The biggest attraction in this expat enclave on the mainland is a Western-style entertainment center known as Sea World with a 3-D cinema, hotel, nightclub, and several restaurants built up around a grounded Minghu ship.

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Shekou Industrial Zone, Shenzhen, China, 518000

The Basics

Most visitors to the city arrive on a guided day trip from Hong Kong; it’s also the arrival point for day trips to Guangzhou. Many of these tours include a stop at the Shekou Exhibition Hall, home to some of the Qin Dynasty terra-cotta warriors and horses unearthed in Xian.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Shekou is a good option for Hong Kong travelers looking to experience a taste of mainland China.

  • Don’t forget to carry your passport on any trips to Shekou.

  • You’ll need a visa for mainland China if you plan to visit Shekou from Hong Kong.

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How to Get There

Most visitors arrive in Shekou via an hourlong ferry from Hong Kong. It’s located on the waterfront about 19 miles (30 kilometers) west of downtown Shenzhen.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit Shekou is between October and December, when most days are sunny and cool.

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The Snake Pit

On March 30, 1987, one of China’s first expat bars opened in Shenzhen. The establishment known as the Snake Pit began—when Shenzhen was little more than a fishing village—as a place for visiting oil workers from Texas, Scotland, and Scandinavia to go for a drink. Today, the area surrounding the Snake Pit is considered Shekou’s bar street.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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