Chinese Folk Culture Village
China's best tourist attractions are spread out across the country. So how can you pick which one to go to? You don't have to make a tough decision, just head to the Chinese Folk Culture Village near Shenzhen. Here you can see miniatures of almost all of the major tourist attractions in China: The Ming Tombs, the Li River, Lhasa's Potala Palace, the Three Gorges, the Buddha at Leshan, the Mogao Grottoes at Dunhuang, and other attractions can all be seen within the span of a couple hours. The park is over 200,000 square meters and is known for being the first park in China to incorporate various nationalities' folk art, customs and architecture all into one area. Twenty-two minorities are all represented in twenty-five mountain villages that are built on a one-to-one scale. The breadth and depth of Chinese culture is unveiled throughout the year through performances, craft exhibitions, and holiday celebrations. Every year the park hosts activities for holidays including Water-Splashing festival, Huoba festival, Xishuangbanna Month, Inner Mongolian Culture Week, among other important events. Because of the expansiveness of the park's cultural offerings and the unique experience tourists have here, the park has been given the honorary title of "the Chinese Folk Museum."
Full Price 120 RMB/person
Half Price (children) 60 RMB/person
How to Get There
From the train station: Number 1 Tourist Bus (2 RMB/Ticket) OR Bus 101 (2-8RMB/Ticket)
From the airport: Bus 327 to Jinxiu Zhonghua
Other buses: 21 26 105 113 201 204 209 210 222 223 230 232 233 234 301 310-315 311
If you are coming from Luo Hu (Train Station or Luo Hu Harbor), or Futian, get off at Kangjia Jituan stop, cross the pedestrian bridge and go to the west for 100 meters.
If you are coming from Shekou or Nantou, get off at Jinxiu Zhonghua stop.
Subway: Take line 1 to Overseas Chinese Town and then leave the subway out of exit D.
Cab from the train station costs around 45 RMB; Cab from the airport costs around 80 RMB.
Crane Lake Hakka House
Crane Lake Hakka House is located in Luoruihe Village, a gathering place for the Luo Family that lives in the castle-style roundhouses. These houses are over 24 thousand square meters of useable space and occupy an area of 14 thousand meters. Luo Ruifeng, the founder of the settlement, first began constructing these houses over 200 years ago during the reign of Qianlong. It took three generations of Luos to finally complete the complex. The massive scale of the structures makes them unusually large compared to other Hakka roundhouses. There are over 300 rooms in the roundhouse complex and houses over one thousand people. The Luo Estate is a great representative of Hakka culture and customs. The compound is a complex labyrinth of passageways and hard to negotiate. It was designed to maximize defensive capabilities while making it difficult to attack. Crane Lake is one of the Shenzhen area's protected cultural units, and now functions as a Hakka Custom museum.
How to get there:
Crane Lake Hakka House is located in Luoruihe Village, Longgang County in Longgang District, only about 28km east of Shenzhen city center. Take public bus 309, 351, 361, 365 and 870 to get there.
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