Shenzhen is a city of parks, in fact there are so many it can be hard to know which one to go to. Whether it be a post lunch walk or an early morning stroll there is a park in Shenzhen for everyone. The problem is, (and it’s a nice problem to have) is which park to go to. Shenzhen is officially a garden city due to its ample green spaces so the choices are abundant. This is a run down of the top 10 park options in the city (in no particular order).
Before you read, I know I’ve left some out. I simply had to stop somewhere. Parks such as Donghu, Zhongshan and Lixiang are also nice and deserve a visit. If you feel there are other parks that deserve a mention, please leave a comment below.
1. Lianhuashan Park 莲花山公园
The biggest and most well-known of all the parks in Shenzhen. This is a stalwart of Trip Advisor top 10 things to do. A good choice for a lounge on the grass or a picnic and a great place to fly a kite. You can also ‘hike’ (climb endless stairs) to the top and see a statue of famous Deng Xiaoping and have a magnificent view of the Civic Center below you. One of the easiest and safest choices. It’s also my first choice for a ‘park at night’ because of the phenomenal views below you.
Nearest Metro Station: Children’s Palace, Line 3 (Exit F1)
6026 Hongli Lu, Futian District 福田区红荔路6030号
2. Litchi Park 荔枝公园
Perfect for a daytime stroll this is a popular park but not overly busy. You can walk around the lake or even boat on it. There are also some nice photo opportunities of KK100 and the Diwang Building which jump out at you. If you love Deng Xiaoping, there is a with a ginormous portrait of him outside the park gate. This is one of my favorites too and it is a nice place to stroll or rest.
Nearest Metro Station: Grand Theatre, Line 2 (Exit B) or Honglin, Line 3 (Exit A)
1001 Honglin Zhong Lu, Futian District 福田区红岭中路1001号
3. Bijiashan Park 笔架山公园
One of my favorites. This park covers a huge area and has tons of trees to provide shade for a midday walk. There is a cornucopia of nature but beware of the snakes! A short hike up the stairs gives you a stunning view of the city vista below. The lack of people makes this great for a head clearing stroll.
Nearest Metro Station: Yinhu, Line 9 (Exit B)
Sungang Xi Lu, Futian District 福田区笋岗西路
4. Central Park 深圳中心公园
Benefits of this are its central location (as you can tell from the name) and the abundance of green space. Sporting facilities also available here such as tennis and football. There is a small stream down the middle and a nice bridge to walk over. Good for a bike rides too. It doesn’t get the recognition it deserves and it is one of my favorites.
Nearest Metro Station: Huaqiang North, Line 2 (Exit C) or Huaxin, Line 3 (Exit E)
Shennan Zhong Lu, Futian District 福田区深南中路
5. Shenzhen International Garden and Expo Park 深圳国际园林花卉博览园
This is a mixture of different style gardens from all over China. The park is aged but has a unique charm –this is my absolute favorite park. Check out the pagoda early in the morning for the monk’s daily worship. Lots of charm in this park and I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do. It is for sure one of Shenzhen’s hidden gems and its one of my go to places for a quiet stroll and to enjoy some beautiful nature.
Nearest Metro Station: Qiaocheng East, Line 1 (Exit A)
8002 Shennan Dadao, Futian District 福田区深南大道8002号
6. Shenzhen Bay Park 深圳湾公园
Image via That’s
Perfect place for a bike ride by the ocean. Be warned however, the park can be a madhouse on the weekend. It’s also a nice spot for a picnic under a palm tree too. Popular location morning, noon and night. The path connects all the way to Sea World with multiple start and end points. You can also connect to Talent Park or Dasha River from here, and its a wonderful walk. It’s a good place for bird watching also. Please note bikes are not permitted on weekends.
Nearest Metro Station: Shenzhen Bay Park, Line 9 (Exit D2)
Binhai Dadao, near Wanghai Lu, Nanshan District 南山区滨海大道(近望海路)
7. Shenzhen Talent Park 深圳人才公园
One of my favorite parks in the area, this is a wonderful place to visit both day and night. At night it is lit up and looks quite magnificent and during the day you can see the artistic statues that are dotted about. There is a running track, lots of green areas and rest stops. You can get a good view of the ‘Spring Bamboo’ (China Resources Building) and you can also connect to Shenzhen Bay MixC Mall or to Shenzhen Bay Park.
Nearest Metro Station: Houhai, Line 11 (Exit G)
Shenzhen Talent Park, Nanshan District 南山区深圳人才公园
8. Honey Park 香蜜公园
This is another of Shenzhens urban city parks, centrally located and very easy and convenient to get to. This park is immaculate and clean. It’s green, colorful and also has a large rose garden. A nice small pond is in the middle, and this park has an abundance of nature and animals. Highly recommended.
Nearest Metro Station: Nonglin, Line 7 (Exit C)
30 Nongyuan Lu, Futian District 福田区农园路30号
9. Fairy Lake Botanical Gardens 仙湖植物园
More of a botanical garden than a park, it deserves a mention due to its popularity and high position on TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet. There is so much to do and see here, this is an entire day trip of its own. From the butterfly garden to the petrified forest, Buddhist temple to the lake the options are varied and wonderful. This is one of the best places in Shenzhen in my opinion and it is really worth the time and effort to go there.
Nearest Metro Station: Xianhu, Line 2 (Exit C3)
60 Xianhu Lu, Luohu District 罗湖区仙湖路160号
10. Hong Hu Park 洪湖公园
Located in Luohu district, this park has a large lake which (when in season) has an abundance of colourful lotus flowers. If you go during this time it’ll be packed with locals taking selfies everywhere. The best part about this park (and lesser known) is the graffiti wall.
This is a long wall that goes from one side of the park to the other and has an array of spray paint graffiti on it. Most definitely a hidden Shenzhen secret.
Nearest Metro Station: Honghu, Line 7 (Exit D)
Honghu Dong Lu, Luohu District 罗湖区洪湖东路
Joe Macpherson, also known as ‘Shenzhen Guide’ is a Welshman who has lived in Shenzhen for six years. He is the go-to person for Shenzhen advice on food, hiking and more. Check out his blog at wanderlustwelshman.com for more in-depth guides, plus other hidden gems in Shenzhen.
[All images courtesy of Joe Macpherson unless otherwise indicated]