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GUANGDONG PROVINCE  - Shenzhen City – 3 days/ 2 nights

 

 

 

Day 1  Friday     Depart Hung Hom (Hong Kong) by train

                           Arrive Lowu

 

Proceed through the Hong Kong / Shenzhen Special Economic Zone Immigration barriers.

Note: A visa is required to enter mainland China.

 

Met on arrival in Shenzhen and transfer to the hotel of your choice. Shenzhen offers very good 3, 4 and 5 Star hotels.

 

You have the option of arranging for your local guide to accompany you on an exploration of Shenzhen by night.

 

Overnight in Shenzhen.

 

Day 2  Saturday    Shenzhen

 

This morning you will see another side of Shenzhen, the city’s efforts to preserve its natural heritage and to “green” the ever expanding metropolis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Futian Natural Mangrove Preserve is a state-level nature reserve. It is comprises  wetlands and is the habitat of many types of birds. It is also the habitat and stopover for eastern hemisphere migratory birds. The pedestrian walkway in the south of the park affords views of the sea and the resident birdlife.

 

Shenzhen Garden Expo Park(Garden Expo Park) has an area of 660,000 square metres. Located close to Shennan Avenue, between Honey Lake and the Overseas Chinese Town(OCT), the park is just across the Shenzhen River from Hong Kong.

 

It is a five-star level park, integrating garden horticulture, mass culture, popular science and science research, tourism, exhibition and solar power generation.

 

From September 2004 to April 2005, theGardenExpoParkhosted the 5thChinaInternationalGardensand Flower Expo. This was the highest level and largest international garden and flower exposition ever held inChina. There were 82 country or city participants.

 

The Park offers many scenic garden locations, wonderful for photographic opportunities and is Shenzhen’s newest and most beautiful scenic spot.

 

Enjoy lunch at a seafood restaurant inYantian Seafood Street, Yantian District.

 

After lunch, continue to Da Fen Village located in Longgang District.

 

The area is approximately 4 square kilometers and originally had about 300 inhabitants. In 1989, a Hong Kong artist went to Da Fen, rented some of the residential buildings and employed art students and artists to do creative imitations of old paintings for export. This has resulted in the establishment of a very special industry, the export of oil paintings.

 

Currently, there are 622 galleries and over 5,000 artists.

 

The products from Da Fen Village are mainly sold to Europe,U.S.A.andAfricabut the paintings are in fact sold worldwide.

 

It is likely that you will be unable to resist a work of art that takes your eye. Most probably it will be on sale at a very reasonable price.

 

In the evening you have the option of relaxing on your own, or having your private guide accompany you for some shopping in Dongmen or perhaps some further exploration of Shenzhen’s lively nightspots.

 

Overnight Shenzhen

 

Day 3  Sunday 

 

This morning visit Shenzhen’s City of Creativity (UNESCO City of Design)

 

 

 

Shenzhen has more than 6000 design firms, creating an annual output of around US$1.54 billion. The average age is 30.8, most of whom are well educated, regrouping one sixth of China’s post graduates.

 

Shenzhen is the most attractive city for young designers in the country. Many elite Chinese designers who have substantial influence in the domestic design industry, are from Shenzhen. Supported by the government’s industrial policy, private companies have renovated old factory buildings and villages to let them to designers, artists, craftsmen, graduates with design credentials, and other entrepreneurs in creative fields.

 

 

 

Opened in 2007, the Creative Design Industrial Estate has become a hub of creative industry in Shenzhen. Its output value soared from 78 million yuan to 3.28 billion yuan in 2009. This growth of 30-times within two years, witnessed a new "Shenzhen Speed", words describing the incredibly fast economic development during the past three decades since the city became a special economic zone on August 26, 1980.

 

Continue to OCT-LOFT at OverseasChineseTown. Created from renovated factory buildings with a floor space of 151,036 square metres and inaugurated in 2007, OCT- LOFT is a characteristic of the post-industrial era and targets mainly design companies and enterprises engaged in cultural creation. The original tenants were artists who craved the high ceilings, large windows and open floor plans typical of converted warehouses and factories. At the beginning of 2004, the OCT Real EstateCo. Ltd. announced its plan to transform the abandoned areas into a new modern art and cultural centre.

 

The afternoon is at leisure for shopping, perhaps the favourite pastime for visitors fromHong Kong. You may wish to retain the services of your guide to show you around?

 

Transfer to the border for immigration procedures and depart from Lowu for Hong Kong.