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Shenzhen

Ancient Chinese frame, Shenzhen

Practical Info about Shenzhen

Getting around the city

The Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport connects the city to the rest of China, and is linked to the city by bus and metro services. The Shenzhen Metro has five lines running through different areas of the city. There are several key railway stations in the city, with the Shenzhen Luohu and the Shenzhen East Railway Station among the most significant and useful. Travellers have a range of options for train transport to cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu. Taxis are also widely available and are red, yellow or green in colour. Red taxis can travel anywhere in and out of the city and many travellers use red taxis; yellow taxis can only travel within the Zone, which means that they cannot be used to travel to the airport; green taxis serve customers outside of the Special Economic Zone and cannot enter the city centre. Shenzhen Tong Cards are an advisable purchase for travellers staying in Shenzhen for an extended amount of time since they replace bus and subway tickets, and are accepted by some taxi drivers. Many drivers won't be able to speak English, however, and passengers should have their destination written down in Chinese to show them.

Time

GMT +8

Electricity

Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Plug types vary, but the two-pin flat blade and oblique three-pin flat blade plugs are common. Adapters are generally required.

Currency

China's currency is the Renminbi Yuan (CNY), which is divided into 10 jiao or 100 fen. Make sure you exchange your leftover Yuan before returning home because you may have difficulty exchanging the currency outside China's borders. Foreign cash can be exchanged in cities at the Bank of China. Banks are closed weekends. The larger hotels and the special 'Friendship Stores' designed for foreigners will accept most Western currencies for purchases. Major credit cards are accepted in the main cities, but acceptance may be limited in more rural areas. ATMs are scarce in rural areas.

Communication

The international dialling code for China is +86. Phone cards are widely available and calls can be made from post offices and hotels; phone booths on the streets are usually for local calls only. In hotels, local calls are generally free or will be charged only a nominal fee. Mobile phone networks are very advanced and Chinese networks have roaming agreements with most non-North American international operators. Internet cafes are available in most main towns.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 110 (Police); 120 (Ambulance - Beijing)

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

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2015 2016
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan - 3 Jan
Spring Festival 19 Feb - 25 Feb 8 Feb - 14 Feb
Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day) 4 Apr - 6 Apr 2 Apr - 4 Apr
May Day 1 May - 3 May 30 Apr - 2 May
Dragon Boat Festival 20 June - 22 Jun 9 Jun - 11 Jun
Mid-Autumn Festival 26 Sep - 28 Sep 15 Sep - 17 Sep
Peoples Republic of China birthday 1 Oct - 3 Oct 1 Oct - 7 Oct

Climate

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Shenzhen has a humid subtropical climate influenced by the South China Sea and the Siberian High pressure system to the north. As a result, winters are mild and relatively dry with frequent fog. Summers are characterised by high temperatures, frequent rains ranging from light to torrential and thunderstorms. The warm season lasts from the middle of May to mid-October with high temperatures that generally range between 86°F (30°C) and 91°F (33°C). Minimum temperatures rarely drop below 74°F (23°C) and can be as high as 81°F (27°C) in the middle of summer. The cold season lasts from mid-December until the end of February with maximum temperatures staying below 70°F (21°C). Conditions are coldest in late January, with lows of around 53°F (12°C). In terms of humidity, however, this is the most comfortable time of year in Shenzhen. Travellers are most likely to visit between November and early January to avoid the summer typhoon season.

Shenzhen Baoan International Airport

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Getting to the city

There are shuttle buses running to the center of the city. Buses and Ferries heading to Macau and Hong Kong are also available.

Car rental

There are two major car rental companies at the airport: Zhizun Car Rental and China Auto Rental.

Airport taxi's

Taxis are available from the airport; passengers should insist that the meter is used.

Facilities

Airport facilities include banks, ATMs, restaurants, a police station, foreign exchange, smoking areas, a playground, public phones, baggage protection, and medical services.

Parking

There is plenty of parking available at the airport.

Internet

Free wifi is avaliable throughout the terminal.