UNCHARTED WEEKEND RESORTS IN THE SOUTH
When you think of weekend trips away, Shenzhen isn’t usually the first place to pop in mind. The once small fishing village experienced a major economic boom in the 1970’s when China selected it to be used as the very first Special Economic Zone to test out market reforms. Its close proximity to Hong Kong has since then, pushed the city to a bustling population of 14 million.
Often referred to as the Silicon Valley of China, Shenzhen doesn’t contain much of the historical aspects that attracts most visitors. In fact, most who travel there are doing so for work.
The city has attempted to attract tourists by creating theme parks like Splendid China Folk Culture Village, which contains 25 “villages” that showcase the cultures of China’s minorities. Aside from costumes and brief history of the village written in Chinese, the park doesn’t offer much entertainment nor educational information for Western tourists. Their other attempt at a cultural theme park, Window of the World, offers even more disappointment. Not only is there one right here in Beijing, the miniature replicas of famous sites around the world are poorly maintained and very sad-looking.
So why Shenzhen? Unknown to many, Shenzhen’s newly created Dapeng New District is China’s latest resort destination. Yes. Resort. With its close proximity to Hong Kong, Golden Bay in Dapeng district is home to the same warm climate and the same soft sand and blue beaches (but for a fraction of the price of popular Sanya and with fewer tourists).
This scarcely populated peninsula is still home to a number of fisherman who bring in fresh catches daily to the local restaurants, making it a popular destination amongst seafood foodies.
When we first visited the newly opened Marriot Hotel Golden Bay we were shocked by its beautiful private beach, infinity pool, variety of restaurants, and hospitable staff. Were we in Shenzhen or did we get on the wrong plane and arrive in Hawaii? While we do think that one needs to experience the local culture, we felt zero guilt about spending an entire weekend in the comfort of the hotel and around the Shenzhen Golden Bay Vocational Area, which offers world class entertainment, restaurants, and pretty much anything we wanted.
Waking up to blue sky and the sound of birds, you feel rejuvenated and ready to explore. Well, sort of. The hotel’s 24-hour fitness center, indoor and outdoor infinity pool with a view of the sea, spa, and for those travelling with kids, a kids’ club where they can play under the supervision of the hotel staff and make some new friends, makes it difficult to want to leave the hotel.
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Fill up on tasty foods
A taste of China's Hawaii Experience a rejuvenating weekend at Marriot Hotel Golden Bay