5 Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Shenzhen
Shenzhen, formerly known as "Little Hong Kong," is one of China's newest and fastest growing cities, with some of the world's highest living standards. The city is home to a multitude of popular tourist destinations, including China's tallest skyscraper, the Shenzhen Tower, as well as many of China's biggest parks and theme parks. The new rapid transit system is one of the most sophisticated in the world, featuring stylish and modern trains decorated with exquisite artwork, such as a 2,700-year-old warrior named Kuang Guo-Wu riding astride a rhinoceros.
Hong Kong Museum of Art
The Hong Kong Museum of Art is a world class museum located in Shenzhen, on the southern tip of China's main island, Hong Kong. With an international collection of more than 13,000 pieces of fine art, the museum makes it possible for visitors to enjoy contemporary artworks with a contemporary feeling. The art displayed includes traditional Chinese painting, ancient Chinese ceramics, Korean art, Japanese paintings, and modern Western paintings. The Shenzhen warehouse-like architecture, location, and art collection makes it a landmark attraction in the Pearl River Delta region.
Science and Technology Museum
The beautifully designed Science and Technology Museum in Shenzhen, China, is located in a renovated 500-year-old building and showcases more than 12,000 exhibits that cover all aspects of science and technology. With 50,000 square meters of exhibition space, nearly a million things are on display, including the largest replica of the human body in the world, models of a four-lane highway, and a powerful accelerator that enables visitors to set off blasts. The museum attracts an average of 1.4 million people every month.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Made up of nine exhibition spaces, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Shenzhen (MOCA) is the cultural centerpiece of a remarkable city. Its design, by Japanese architect Isamu Noguchi and several Japanese artists, fuses traditional Chinese and Japanese aesthetics and feng shui principles. From the building's entrance, passing through a courtyard and courtyard garden, visitors enter an undulating landscape that provides ample space for contemplation. Dining space, a library, exhibition spaces, an art studio, and even a Buddhist monastery also interlock into a single, labyrinthine setting.
Guangzhou Opera House
Overlooking a bustling Pearl River, Guangzhou Opera House is a stunning new building in China's most important port city. Opened in December 2008, it is China's first new opera house in 300 years. For a photo op, the circular building is best viewed from the south. In the Xinliangluang Shopping District, in the southern section of Guangzhou, the Xintiandi district has hundreds of trendy shops selling quirky gadgets and souvenirs. Xintiandi is the name of the neighborhood.
Hong Kong Science Museum
Open since June of 2004, Hong Kong Science Museum (香港科技博物院) is located in Shenzhen, a city some 30 kilometers southeast of Hong Kong. It is one of the largest and most popular science museums in Asia. Exhibitions explore aspects of nature, medicine, technology, and the biosphere. The museum's highlight is the Everland Discovery Center, which gives a 30-minute tour of the planet Earth with narration by an animated child (a charming eight-year-old boy named "James" is the main presenter). Of particular interest is the pavilion section of the museum, which explores various interesting aspects of human history through interactive exhibits. There's even a virtual-reality ride that allows visitors to walk around and interact with historic artifacts in Ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, and the Orient. This building opened in December of 2005.