Shenzhen Mini Guide
OCT Harbour is one of Shenzhen's best kept secrets! Nestled within the city's green lung, it offers shopping, dining, entertainment, and plenty of photo opps! All within minutes of the Hong Kong border.
OCT Harbour is a sophisticated shopping, dining, recreational, and entertainment complex located in the heart of Shenzhen.
OCT Harbour is the latest initiative by Overseas Chinese Town, which must be Shenzhen's largest real estate developer. It opened in August 2011.
Other OCT initiatives in the sprawling Southern Chinese City include large scale housing projects, an artist's village in recycled industrial blocks, several hotels, several theme parks, the list goes on.
What sets OCT Harbour apart from ofer OCT developments is the lack of kitsch. While most of OCT's earlier projects have a theme – Chinese, Venetian, Spanish, or Swiss – OCT Harbour is much more straight forward and far more elegant.
Built around a man-made lake, the project has a shopping mall, a collection of free-standing food and beverage outlets, recreational facilities, and 2 stylish hotels. The architecture and the landscaping are drop-dead gorgeous!
O'Plaza Shopping Mall
The 80,000 square metre O'Plaza shopping mall offers retail, dining, and entertainment. You will find the requisit designer boutiques, an excellent (if pricey) supermarket, and several restaurants and cafes.
Victoria's Secret, Hello Kitty, Muji, Pacifc Coast Coffee, and many more famous names are among the dozens of retail and food and beverage outlets housed in the mall.
Food + Beverage
A cluster of modernesque Chinese style gray brick buildings with gray tile roofs are scattered along the shores of the lake and a canal with arched bridges and weeping willows.
There are numerous restaurants and cafes serving all manner of regional Chinese and international cuisine as well as several bars and clubs.
Many of these food and beverage outlets have outdoor seating, with magnificent views of the lake.
A water theatre, an aquarium, a children's paradise, a 5 star Cineplex, and an exhibition centre are among the other facilities that OCT Harbour has to offer.
The Creative Exhibition Center offers 4,000 square metres of space. It is appropriate for exhibitions, conferences, product launches, and other types of activities.
There is also boating and a private club for members only. Located nearby are 2 important environmentally friendly tourist attractions: OCT Wetlands and the Mangrove Forest.
A 102,000 square metre beach is coming. But more on that later.
Two of Shenzhen's newest and most stylish hotels are located at OCT Harbour. One is a serviced apartment. The other is a boutique hotel.
The OCT Harbour Shenzhen Marriott Executive Apartments offers serviced accommodation targeted primarily at longer staying guests.
The hotel has 155 rooms, including studios as well as one to 3 bedroom apartments. All rooms have kitchenettes, washers, and driers.
There is also a resident's lounge serving Asian and international cuisine, an outdoor swimming pool, and a fitness centre.
- No. 8 Baishi Road East, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China. Telephone: (86) 755-6682-6682. For more information: OCT Harbour Shenzhen Marriott Executive Apartments.
The Bay Breeze Hotel Shenzhen is a boutique hotel with just 57 rooms. It has 4 food and beverage outlets serving Chinese and Western cuisine, a bookshop, a small spa, an outdoor swimming pool, and a fitness centre.
- No. 8 East Baishi Road, OCT Harbour, Nanhan District, Shenzhen, China.
How to Get There
The closest metro station is Qiao Cheng Dong (OCT East) on the No. 1 subway line.
If you don't mind walking, take exit C1 and walk south (toward Shenzhen Bay) along Qiao Cheng Dong Road for about 300 metres. Turn right on Bai Shi Xi Road and walk for another 300 metres. The walk should take about 20 minutes.
You can also take the No. 603 bus to the end of the line at OCT Harbour.
Otherwise, go by taxi (WARNING: many taxi drivers in Shenzhen do NOT speak Cantonese, let alone English). If you don't speak Mandarin, make sure to have the names of your destinations written in Chinese characters.
Make It Happen!
Shenzhen is a modern city with all manner of accommodation, from luxurious 5 star resorts to modest dormitories to a capsule hotel with capsules renting for just over US$10 a night.
As a city of migrants, Shenzhen has thousands of restaurants, cafes, and food stalls serving regional Chinese dishes from all over the country as well as the national cuisines of countries all over the world.
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