Shenzhen’s New Tourism Number
Recently, I discovered that finally Shenzhen has realised that sometimes non-Chinese speaking guests and residents also need to find out where the local quickie mart is located.
I was introduced by a friend to the new “Tourism Hotline” that Shenzhen is offering. The number is “1258033″.
Despite what other clowns have said about the line (who, mind you, ring up asking for the best place for a massage, or “How can I make sure a supplier won’t scam me?” ), I found the line to be very helpful.
I jumped into a taxi and wanted to go to the METRO store over in Louhu. Unfortunately, that day, the taxi drive was a) New to Shenzhen b) from Hunan and c) not able to comprehend a foreigner speaking to him in Mandarin.
The problem essentially lay in the fact I did not know the name of Metro in Chinese. So, I rang the number and a very well spoken person answered the phone. After a short 5 minute conversation, they found the address and name and kindly relayed it to the taxi driver.
The bottom line: If you are in trouble, and you have some patience, give them a call.