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Splendid China - Folk Culture Villages

Splendid China

Splendid China is located in the Overseas Chinese Town, a special tourist region within Shenzhen Special Economic Zone  beside Shenzhen Bay. Covering an area of 450 mu. (11 acres), it is the largest and most complete theme park of replicas of the natural, historical and cultural places of interest in China anywhere in the world. Come to the park and you can view the most spectacular sights of China all in a day.

The area encompasses over 80 tourist hotspots of China, which are built in the proportion of 1:15 generally and placed according to their relative locations on the China map . The sights here include the world famous Great Wall, Terra Cotta Warriors, Forbidden City, Leshan Giant Buddha, Dunhuang Mogao Caves, Potala Palace, Yunnan Stone Forest, Mt. Huangshan, Huangguoshu Waterfalls, Three Gorges of the Yangtze River, Li River, West Lake and others. Other famous temples, bridges, gardens, pagodas and local resident houses of China can all be seen here.

The park also allows visitors an opportunity to closely approach the vibrancy of Chinese culture. Colorful activities are held in the park, such as the imperial marriage ceremony in the Forbidden City, religious ceremony in a Confucius Temple, emperors worshipping Heaven, Chinese Kongfu performances, folk singing, dancing, marriage and other distinctive activities.

The petty pottery handicrafts of human figures and animals dotting the park are also worth appreciating. There are all together over 56,000 lifelike figures with different costumes or expressions sprinkled in scenic spots of the park. On the traditional Suzhou Street, you can not only become immersed in the architectural styles of the famous Suzhou Gardens, but also watch a thrilling Cinerama of the sights in Splendid China. The street is also noisy with folk performances of singing and dancing as well as arts and crafts technique exhibitions. Various uniquely Chinese souvenirs can be bought here and to please your taste buds, you shouldn't miss the many kinds of local Chinese snacks sold here.

The nearby China Folk Culture Village , which is a miniature of the most interesting aspects of Chinese ethnic groups, is a good place to explore the diversity and contributions of the many minority cultures who call China home. Splendid China and the China Folk Culture Village have been placed in a scenic area, making it an easy and pleasurable way to learn all about the array of Chinese cultures, history, traditions, and landscapes.

Splendid China and The China Folk Culture Village are very easy to reach. There are dozens of regular buses and tourist buses which stop here. The subway in Shenzhen also provides easy access.

Admission Fee
CNY 130 (including China Folk Culture Village and the Splendid China)
Opening Time
10:00 - 18:00 (week days)
09:30 - 18:00 (weekends)
09:00 - 18:00 (Chinese National Day and May Day Holidays)

Folk Culture Villages

Can you imagine experiencing all the Chinese culture of different nationalities within one scenic resort in just one city? Now one place can fulfill your imaginations - the China Folk Culture Village which is located in the prosperous Shenzhen City in Guangdong Province. There you can find 24 peculiar cottages of 21 Chinese minorities.

Generally speaking China Folk Culture Village in Shenzhen which covers an area of 200,000 square meters (about 49 acres) is a cultural scenic area which brings together folk art, folk customs and architecture. It has gained a reputation as 'China Folk Culture Museum' and looks like a big garden where distinctive ethnic architectures are exhibited to great effect.

Let us choose one representative Dai minority among a total of 56 nationalities in China to show you how the folk culture is embodied in the villages. Two highlighting aspects - the minority's architecture and their special festivals & celebrations should attract your attention when you begin your visit. Here, in the China Folk Culture Village, we can find the distinctive architecture of the Dai minority group - the Bamboo Building. It has two floors - the first floor is often used to pile up the sundries and raise domestic animals, and the second floor is used as a living space with every Bamboo Building having the wooden ladder of nine steps. The special festival in the Dai minority is the Water-Splashing Festival where people use a basin to splash water whenever they meet someone. The water is regarded as lucky, beautifying water and people splash it to the top of their content. An interesting event when no one can escape being wet all over!

Meanwhile, the architecture of many other minorities and their special festivals are even more attractive. The Ship-like Cottage of the Li minority and the Wood or Bamboo Stilted House of the Wa minority recapture the characteristics of the old architectural culture. Arches (Paifang) Architecture of the Han nationality and Hutongs & Courtyards Dwelling in Beijing further represent the high level of Chinese traditional architectural design. Additionally, you can find the Stone Cottage of the Buyi minority, Mushroom-like Cottage of the Hani minority, Felt Cottage of the Kazakstan minority, Yurt of the Mongolia minority, Lamasery of the Tibetan minority, Hakka Enclosed House and other distinctive architecture in the village. Many traditional festivals of so many different minorities are celebrated once a month here such as the Torch Festival (June 24th of the lunar month) of the Yi and Bai minorities, the Firecrackers Festival (Mar.3rd of the lunar month) of the Dong minority plus the Water-Splashing Festival of Dai minority mentioned above and others. You can join in with each of them one by one as you wish.

In addition, many well-known scenic spots from all over China can be found within the village such as the Stone Forest  in Yunnan, coconut grove in Hainan, one-thousand-hand Kwan-yin statue, Arches (Paifang) Architecture from Huizhou City in Anhui Province. Different styles of bridges can also be seen such as the Wooden Bridge of Yangzhou City, the Stone Bridge of Zhejiang Province, Vine Bridge of the Dulong minority and the Wind & Rain Bridge of the Dong minority.

In the village we can enjoy dance and song performances of different minorities and all are also most welcome to join in. We can also find many handicrafts in-the-making in some of the store fronts capturing so much local flavor. Folk-custom exhibitions are also for you to explore and they attract large numbers of visitors with their lively ethnic flavor such as the decorations, the weavings, the costumes and the textiles. It is always a good idea to buy some souvenirs for your family and your friends. Come along to taste the local snacks, to join in the special festivals, and to find all the cultural elements of Chinese minorities which you may be interested in. After a whole day’s experience, you will gain a deeper understanding of Chinese folk culture.

On New Year's Day in 2003, these two tourist sites - Shenzhen's Splendid China  and China Folk Culture Village combined together. You can search for all the natural and cultural elements which can best illustrate the extensive and deep aspects of Chinese culture in these two areas.

Travel Tips
You can either travel by tourist car or by boat within the village. If you continue your tour by foot, you have much to see - the wandering elephant and the peacock in his pride, the vast coconut grove and the tall banyans.

Admission Fee:
CNY 130 (include Splendid China and China Folk Culture Village)
Opening Hours:
10:00 - 21:00 (week days)
09:30 - 21:00 (weekends)
09:00 - 21:00 (Chinese National Day and May Day Holidays)
Bus Route:
101,105, 113, 21, 26, 201, 204, 209