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Shenzhen’s Historic Surroundings – 3 days/ 2 nights

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1  Friday   Arrive Shenzhen

 

Met on arrival and transfer to the hotel of your choice.

 

 

 

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

 

A full day guided tour to two fascinating places which you might not expect to find close by to such an ultra-modern metropolis as Shenzhen. The two highlights are the New Crane Lake Residence and the Da Fen Oil Painting Village.

 

 

 

The New Crane Lake Residence is currently China’s largest traditional Hakka architectural complex.

 

Built in the 22nd year of the Jiaqing reign of the Qing Dynasty (1796 – 1820), it was once the residence of the Luo family.

 

It covers an area of approximately 25,000 square metres. The villa has more than 300 rooms, including an ancestral temple, pavilions, towers, halls, lobbies, chambers, wells, corridors, patios, courtyards and passageways, all in different architectural styles.

 

Enjoy lunch at a seafood restaurant in Yantian 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 came 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. and Africa but 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     Depart Shenzhen

 

A full day sightseeing to Dapeng Fortress and environs.

 

 

 

This private arrangement affords a more leisurely days sightseeing comprising the historic Dapeng Fortress and the option of spending your time lingering over a seafood lunch near the beach or enjoying more local sightseeing to see the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant or perhaps the local production of pearls and abalone.

 

Dapeng Fortress is located approximately 55 km from the centre of Shenzhen.

 

To resist Japanese pirates in the southern coastal areas of Guangdong, the Ming Dynasty built a military base in Dapeng which was to safeguard an area that now covers Hong Kong and the east of Shenzhen.

 

On September 4, 1839, five British naval vessels launched a surprise attack on the maritime forces of Dapeng Fortress in the waters off Kowloon.

 

Chinese troops in fishing boats, led by General Lai Enjue, defeated the better-equipped enemy.

 

The Kowloon naval battle is now widely considered to have been the start of the Opium Wars.

 

Not long after the battle, Lai was promoted to commander of the Guangdong navy.

 

Then, in 1844, the emperor allocated a large sum to build a 2,500-square-meter mansion for Lai and inscribed "Zhenwei General Mansion" on the board above the gate.

 

The stately Lai Mansion then became one of the biggest attractions in the fortress. The fortress has survived natural and civilian disasters over 600 years.

 

Three gates of the fortress, General Lai and his clan's mansions, General Liu Qilong's mansions, the Tianhou Palace, Houwang Temple and Zhaogong Temple, are all still in good condition.

 

The complex structures at the General's house feature painted carved beams and columns and many couplets are posted on the door. You can see the high level of architecture typical of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

 

Lining both sides of the narrow stone streets are residential buildings that feature black tiles and exquisite carvings on the window panels and eaves, completing the unique rural scenery.

 

For those tired of the bustling metropolis, this is the place for relaxation.

 

After years of being exposed to the elements and with migrant workers flocking to the area looking for cheap accommodation, the buildings and environs were at risk of being damaged. Fortunately, the Shenzhen municipal government recognized the problem and took measures to protect the fortress.

 

In 1996, the Dapeng Fortress Museum was set up to manage and research historical relics as well as to boost tourism.

 

Later in 2001, the site was taken under state protection and it now attracts international attention.

 

Nearby, in Xiasha village, the Golden Sands Bay Beach affords a good view of Hong Kong, only two kilometers away.

 

The Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant at Dakeng village is a good place to learn about the nation's biggest nuclear power plant and if you are curious about how pearls and abalone are cultivated you can also see this being done locally.

 

Return to the centre of Shenzhen and transfer to the railway station or the airport for departure.