Great Beach Location near Shenzhen – Zen Guesthouse, Dongchong Village
I decided to get away for a few day’s over the May holiday and was fortunate enough to have been told about a hidden gem an hour or so drive from Shenzhen, Zen Guesthouse. Zen is owned and managed by a mixed Chinese and South African couple, Sunny and Rachel. I called the phone number I had been given by my Canadian mate Chris and spoke to Sunny. Sunny is a South African dude who loves to surf. I asked if rooms were available for Sunday to Wednesday and if there was the possibility of transport. By the early evening a driver had arrived at my apartment to take me to Dongchong.
The guesthouse is set back on a hill with a mountain backdrop, 1km from a pristine sandy beach and a few km’s hike to Xi Chong it’s more famous neighbour. I was greeted by Sunny, Rachel and their friend Daniel and of course a bottle of cold beer. We drank until the early hours swapping tales of life in China, eventually I decided to hit the sack and try out the Zen guest rooms. My room had en-suite bathroom, TV and air conditioning. The bed was soft by China standards and I managed a great night’s sleep feeling refreshed the next day.
I woke up for breakfast around 11am, even though officially breakfast finishes at 10.30am Rachel took no persuading in cooking me the English breakfast and serving to me on the roof top terrace. The terrace has breathtaking views of the mountains behind and the sea in front. My breakfast consisted of sausage, eggs, mushrooms, toast, tomato and fresh orange. Again by China standards this was great and set me up for a tour of the local beach area by local guide and surfer Daniel.
The beach was quiet in comparison to Xi Chong, Xameisha, Dameisha etc with plenty of space to have your own privacy. Behind the beach was a sea front restaurant, a shaded BBQ area where you can bring your own food or buy it there. I recommend bringing your own BBQ to the beach as it is a little overpriced on the beach.
Each end of the beach was lined with mountains and hills with coastal paths to explore. Further behind the beach I found a scuba diving shop, a surf shop and a BBQ restaurant by the same chain Obama’s brother owns in Shenzhen. The food here was delicious and great value.
On my second evening Rachel and Sunny invited me for a rooftop terrace BBQ, I was more than happy to accept the invitation. The food was fantastic, as was the company. All you can eat BBQ food was I think 50rmb which is amazing value. Beer was only 10rmb per bottle, wine was also sold at a great price and Sunny and Rachel didn’t mind me bringing my own bottle of vodka to the party either.
Going home Sunny offered me a lift as he works in Shenzhen, at no charge as well!!! I have never experienced such fantastic service before and Sunny said he would be more than happy to give me a lift from Shenzhen next time I want to stay on his way home from work.
Thank you Sunny and Rachel, little Kaden and of course JoJo. I look forward to seeing you all again very soon.
To reserve a room give Rachel a call on 18922837441 or 13502894212 or 15219493599
Or email Rachel at : firstname.lastname@example.org