Located just over the border from Hong Kong, Shenzhen became China’s first Special Economic Zone in 1980, a living experiment in the unique brand of capitalism that has propelled China to superpower status.
This fast-growing city now gleams with a requisite newness, boasting a formidable skyline, the second of China’s two stock exchanges and one of the world’s busiest ports. It is a high-tech hub, a major manufacturing centre, a crucible of innovation and one of China’s leading cultural capitals.
In 2008 it was appointed a UNESCO City of Design on the strength of its vibrant design sector, which includes more than 6,000 firms and employs over 100,000 designers.
With an ever-swelling population of skilled migrants and a constant influx of investment, this modern-day boom town continues to boom.
The people of Shenzhen celebrate the city's rich and ancient cultural traditions with festivals and events throughout the year. Below are brief descriptions of the major holidays and events in the region.
- New Year’s Day is celebrated in China, however the lunar new year is a far more important holiday often called Spring Festival.
- Zhonghe Festival, (Longtaitou) falls on the second day of the second month in the lunar calendar and celebrates the dragon as humanity’s distant ancestor as well as the bringer of spring rains.
- Spring Festival is the most important Chinese holiday and is marked by one of the grandest fireworks displays in the world. The dates vary each year, but it usually falls in late-January or early-February and lasts for 15 days.
- The Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the first lunar month, marks the end of China's new year celebrations. Traditional dancers in colourful costumes take to the streets. At night, lantern-lit parades illuminate the city.
- Tomb Sweeping Festival, (Qingming) is a nationwide day for mourning the dead. The Chinese people use the occasion to pay their respects to their ancestors and to tidy tombs and grave sites by removing weeds and leaves. This festival is also celebrated as a day that welcomes the coming of spring, when all is new and fresh.
- International Labour Day, aka May Day, is celebrated as a public holiday in the country. Join the crowds of thousands in the city on May 1st to see early-morning flag-raising ceremonies.
- Dragon Boat Festival, (Duanwu) commemorates the death of ancient poet Qu Yuan. Locals eat zongzi (bamboo-wrapped rice dumplings) and watch the exciting and vibrant dragon boat races. Qu Yuan lived as a courtier in the Chou Dynasty until he was one day tossed into the sea at the hands of a corrupt and evil official. When the local fishermen heard of the poet's demise, they searched the waters to find him. Unsuccessful, they threw rice dumplings into the sea and slapped the water with their paddles to distract the fish from the poet's body.
- Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, is held on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. Signaling family reunion to the Chinese people, it is also one of the most important traditional festivals in China. Admiring the full moon and eating delicious moon cakes top the to-do list for this occasion.
- National Day. Brave the crowds on October 1st as National Day celebrations happen around China. Marking the day the Communist Party came into power, the events include floral sculptures, concert series and large-scale fireworks displays in major parks.
GMT +8 hours
Chinese and English
Local voltage is 220 volts AC. Adapters are available; please request through the Concierge.
Monday to Sunday
10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Monday to Friday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Time and distance to city centre
The Hotel is located in the heart of the Futian district city centre and is 15 to 30 minutes by car from the Luohu and Nanshan districts.
Time and distance to shopping
5-minute walk to Coco Shopping Park / 15-minute drive to Luohu shopping area
Time and distance to financial district
The Hotel is located in the financial district of Futian and is 15 to 30 minutes by car from Luohu.
Chinese Public Holidays 2015
|New Year's Day||January 1|
|Spring Festival||February 18–24|
|Lantern Festival||March 5|
|Tomb Sweeping Day
|Labour Day||May 1–3|
|Dragon Boat Festival||June 20–22|
|National Day||October 1–7|
|Mid-Autumn Festival||September 26–28|