Dapeng Ancient City -- Sightseeing
Shenzhen, GD China
This well preserved walled town dates back to the Ming dynasty, covers over 100,000 square meters, and was originally built as part of a fort designed to defend the coast against the marauding pirates who made life interesting (and generally shorter) for honest area coastal dwellers and sea-farers of the Ming dynasty. The ancient town contains homes, temples, shops and courtyards that look pretty much the way they did when they were built over the course of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The city is still surrounded by an ancient stone wall, and entered through a series of gates built at the cardinal points. Like the rapidly disappearing Hutong neighborhoods of Beijing, Dapeng is very much alive, and for the most part the residences are occupied, the shops are still in business, and people still worship at the temples.
While public busses run to Dapeng through Longgang city, the going can get a bit slow. The information booth at the Lo Wu crossing can advise you on the fastest or cheapest way to get to Dapeng from the station.
Image: Old city and East Gate of Dapeng Ancient City
Published on 3/7/05