Whether you’re living in or visiting Hong Kong, Shenzhen offers a perfect weekend getaway for shopping and relaxation. Only an hour and a half away by MTR, you could visit Shenzhen just for the day or stay overnight! Just take the East Rail Line to Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau stations, depending on where you want to go in Shenzhen.

Take a break from the busy Hong Kong streets to enjoy the expansive malls and delicious street food in Shenzhen. Here are 5 things to do on your day trip there:

1. Buy cheap designer goods at the Luo Hu Commercial Shopping Center

A look inside the giant Luo Hu Commercial Shopping Center

The Luo Hu Commercial Shopping Center has anything and everything from handbags to children’s toys. This giant mall is right outside the main Luo Hu MTR station, making it the first destination you could explore in Shenzhen. They specialize in selling wholesale and knockoff designer goods, so you can find brands like Supreme, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and more for a discounted price.

Make sure to bring your bargaining skills if you want to get the best price!

2. Get your nails done for under $200 HKD 

The nail salon we went to on the 2nd floor of the Luo Hu Commercial Shopping Center
Fresh nails for under $170 HKD!

If you like getting artistic manicures and pedicures, you know how hard it is to find an affordable good nail artist in Hong Kong. That’s why Shenzhen is the perfect place to refresh your tired nails! You can get an entire set with nail patterns and 3D gems for under $170 HKD. We went to a salon in the Luo Hu Commercial Shopping Center that had our nails looking fabulous!

3. Eat street food at Dongmen Pedestrian Street

Juicy pork buns from a stall at the Dongmen Pedestrian Street

Dongmen Pedestrian Street is a prime destination for strange snacks on a stick, plus all the random wholesale goods your heart could desire. Here you can eat your fill of pork buns, fried chicken, stinky tofu, grilled squid, takoyaki, and shellfish. The market also has many souvenirs and other goods for sale to browse while you eat.

4. Have a relaxing massage at Queen Spa & Dining

If you haven’t already figured it out, Shenzhen offers many cheaper alternatives for Hong Kongers. Spas in Shenzhen are built at an industrial scale, so you can go in and get a massage or spa treatment for a fraction of the cost it would be in Hong Kong. Get a traditional Chinese massage at the Queen Spa for less than $190 HKD, Shenzhen’s biggest spa with over 800 massage rooms!

5. Enjoy cocktails and underground dancing at OIL Club

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End your day trip with a night out at one of Shenzhen’s hottest new venues: OIL Club. The OIL Club is a modern cocktail bar in the early evening hours that transforms into a nightclub and rave experience on weekend nights. The nightclub portion is behind a secret door, making it the coolest electronic music destination in Shenzhen!

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