SCHOOLS The city has more than 9,000 international students from more than 40 countries and regions, including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. More than 1,500 study in four international schools, with the rest in state schools or the growing number of private schools catering to non-local students. Schools teaching in English follow United States, Canadian or the International Baccalaureate curriculum. TRANSPORT Shenzhen has clean buses and an efficient metro with a rapidly-expanding network, but both can be crowded at rush hour. Taxis are cheap but if you don't speak Putonghua have someone write your destination in Chinese. Drivers don't usually know street numbers, so it's better to give them the names of prominent buildings. MEDICAL The International SOS Shekou Clinic provides comprehensive medical care on a prepaid basis and has staff who can speak Cantonese, French, German and English. Those wanting an English-speaking dentist can to head to Viva-Dental in Futian. GETAWAY One of the advantages of living in Shenzhen is that you can have the best of both worlds - local low-cost trips, and Hong Kong only a short bus or train ride away. The Pearl River Delta also has hot spring resorts in Taishan and Jiangmen. The watchtowers of Kaiping are also worth a visit. If you want a beach holiday, consider Dameisha in southern Shenzhen. This up-and-coming resort has a growing list of hotels. SHOPPING For bargain hunting, you can't beat the Luohu Commercial City or East Gate, both popular with day trippers from Hong Kong. But beware of pickpockets. There are also some trendy malls including the Central Walk Shopping Mall, Citic City Plaza, and Coco Park in Futian. FOOD & BEVERAGE Most of Shenzhen's population hails from outside Guangdong province. So you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to Chinese food. Sichuanese and Hunanese cuisine are the most popular, but you will also find restaurants serving authentic dishes from all over the country, including from Anhui and Shandong.