Arrived at the boarder train station....be aware that the touters will come at you from all sides with inflated prices to drive you to your hotel....say a firm NO and find a metered taxi on the rank. Cost to hotel via legitimate taxi is around 20 yuan, less than $4 AUD. Metropark Hotel is in the busy shopping district of Dongmen. Helps to have the Chinese written name of the hotel and the address as most taxi drivers don't speak English or read English words, as we soon found out !!
We were upgraded to a Business suite which was enormous by hotel standards. 9th floor overlooking the city and distant views of Shenzhen. Reception staff speak very little English, but enough to be understood. Other staff in the hotel don't speak any English. Beds was very hard, which didn't worry us, but may not suit everyone. Pillows were great. Separate lounge area with coffee table, couch, armchair and television. Very spacious with a small table and 2 chairs. A kitchen, but no cutlery or plates. Mini bar in fridge, but no milk which was a shame. Two bottles of water provided each day of our 3 night stay. Bathroom was good, great shower and nice decor. Room staff were discreet and made the room up when we were out, in our 3 days we didn't see anyone come or go. Subway station Shaibu within 3 minutes around the corner from the hotel. We took the train to DeFan and visited the Artists district which is a 5 minute walk from the station. You need the correct change for the ticket machines, they only take 5 yuan notes. Once on the street level, walk towards Walmark and then continue along until you see the sign post to the Artists streets. Well worth the visit, and the coffee at the unique little collectable cafe is perfect. Had brekkie one morning at the hotel which was buffet style with plenty of Asian & Western options. Good value. Ate at the Japanese restaurant on the main street behind the hotel.....excellent food and staff are friendly and try to communicate with you as best they can....lots of hand signals !! Also ate at the Sushi Train which was delicious, it is down the arcade behind McDonalds...yes McDonalds are everywhere in China. Shenzhen doesn't cater for the Westerns and you will struggle on the street with language and directions....but do your research and know where you want to go and have maps with both the English and Chinese translations. Visited the market streets at night which was fun, the buzz and the lights are entertainment enough, even if you buy nothing. Some people like the haggling, but we prefer to just look and soak up the atmosphere. Shenzhen Dongmen district is not for the faint hearted....extremely busy, crowded and constantly on the move day and night, but certainly worth a visit and the Metropark Hotel is the best place to stay for a good reasonable budget price, far below the grander upmarket hotels. We were very happy with our choice.
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