Nanshan Mountain

The Nanshan mountain is the most famous mountain in the Nanshan District. Hundreds visit it everyday. From hikes, lunch, and family events, the Nanshan mountain is the perfect place to be. The first part is an easy upward slope. Next, you’ll come to a concrete clearing with a beautiful area to sit. From there, a stone staircase goes up the mountain. It’s completely surrounded by nature and fresh air. When you arrive at the top, you will be greeted with the amazing sights of Shenzhen. Be sure to take in the view!

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Directions from Shekou International School Bayside:

1. Drive along the Wanghai Road towards seaworld

2. Then take a right turn when you see the big Glass China Merchants tower and follow the Gongye 2nd Road

3. Then take a right turn when you get to the Nanhai Avenue where you will see the old China Merchants tower behind you on the left

4. Take the first left turn after entering Nanhai Avenue where you will see a building called Fraser place on Yanshan Avenue

5. Follow Yanshan Avenue until you get to a crossing in the front where you will start to go up the Nanshan Park on the left side

Address in Chinese: 大南山, 深圳市南山区东滨路与南海大道交界

Lizhi Park

Litchi? Lizhi? Lychee? Often heralded as one of the best parks in Shenzhen (okay, so one guidebook said that), I had to check this place out for myself. I am obsessed with lychee, so that’s honestly what brought me to this park, despite the fact that it wasn’t lychee season. If you don’t feel like reading my ramblings, bottom line – go here.

The park is centrally located in Futian with incredible views of Shenzhen’s tallest buildings. Before entering the park you’re greeted by a portrait of Deng Xiaoping with tons of people taking photos in front. I joined in. A brief description in English and Chinese and map of the park is located at the entrance.


Time to make a list of reasons why to visit. I love lists.

1.) Visiting parks in China on a Sunday afternoon reminds me of that Gilmore Girls episode where the town troubadour (Grant Lee Phillips) got picked to open for Neil Young which caused Stars Hollow to become overrun by troubadours. It’s just like that. People performing everywhere! I love it! You can spend hours just people watching.

2.) Lots of trees and green spaces.

3.) A lake where you can rent and ride boats. Honestly, riding boats in a park lake never gets old for me.

4.) Perfect place to play photo shoot.

5.) I think this statue was modeled after me. Don’t hate.


6.) There are bees! Honey is made! You can buy it. Awesome.

7.) Designated area for makeshift tents. You can camp! Maybe…there were lots of people who hung up their hammocks.

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Directions from Shekou by MTR:

I want to go to Lizhi Park.


1.) Shekou Metro Line to Windows of the World

2.) Transfer at Windows of the World to Luobao Line towards Luohu and take the Grand Theater Exit

3.) Take exit B. You will see the park across the street upon exiting.

Chinese Name: 荔枝公园
Address: Litchi Park, Futian District, Shenzhen City