China Folk Culture Village
China Folk Culture Village
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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This worthwhile attraction is part of Overseas Chinese Village (better known as OCT) and showcases the myriad minority ethnic cultures that make this vast country much less homogenous than imagined. It also serves as a great introduction to the history and traditions of China.
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Shenzhen, China51 contributions
Feb 2021 • Family
A massive miniature model country. Needs a full day and probably an evening; we noticed big crowds queuing for the light show at sundown and this would be a great option.

Having lived in Beijjng for 3 years and toured around a bit we were impressed with the accuracy and intricacy of Forbidden city, heavenly and summer palaces models etc...the Great Wall model is Cecile B De Mille epic.

Food was inexpensive and regional snacks readily available. A big issue for young families is the availability of toilets and SC provided lots of clean and convenient facilities. Wheelchair friendly attraction.

Splendid China has an old school charm; inventiveness, pride and inspiration to travel more. This easily could have been naff but was really very delightful. Will visit again to complete the other half of China.

Excellent Akimbo cafe next door also.
Written February 9, 2021
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Anne-Marie J
13 contributions
Feb 2019
I visited this cultural village in 2006. It was amazing then and highlighted the ethnic "minorities" in China. A worthwhile visit if you are in Shenzen. An interesting fact is that the Govt of China are encouraging "minority" ethnicities to increase their populations.
Written January 7, 2020
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Toronto, Canada1,489 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
I spent close to three hours going through the museum park. I enjoyed learning more about China’s many ethnic minorities and looking at the fields and fields of displays. Pay close attention to the map so as to organize your visit and to ensure you see everything you want. It is a great way to learn what has built up over the years and contributed to present day China.
Written May 26, 2019
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San Francisco, CA221 contributions
Spent and afternoon & evening at Splended China & the attached Folk Cultural Village parks (one entrance includes both).

Splended China is just miniatures of every interesting building and/or monument in China. They're very well done, and it's fun to see places you've already been as well as places you'll never see in real life.

But I enjoyed the Folk Cultural Village part of the park more. Every ethnic minority & region of China is represented.
Had great fun with the "pay to dress up & get your picture taken" booths. Advantage in China is they charge to dress you up, but they'll take tons of pictures with your camera. They'll also take some with their camera that they'll sell and print on the spot if you want them.

We also saw two shows. One in the central theatre that seemed to be mostly an ethnic costume show. Then the Phoenix Dancing extravaganza in the big outdoor theatre, repleat with dancing girls, pools, and flames. There may have been a plot, but it was lost on us non-Chinese speaking group.
Written December 27, 2005
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Obie B
Adelaide, Australia2 contributions
Apr 2014 • Friends
You will need a full day if not more. Place is made up of two sections.
Cost was 150 RMB for Adult.
1) First. Small miniature park where everything is small models of all the different areas of China. This is very educational and could take a day in it self.
2) Second. Real size attractions with lots of Dances of different areas of China, all are free but the one paid show which was 50 RMB and well worth it.

Night show at 7pm was fantastic well worth staying for.

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Plan your day to see the shows they are worth it, most are on in the morning and afternoons so you can work them in easy. we seen 80% of them without any trouble at all. It was also a Sunday which I am sure was more busy then week days.
From a westerners point of view this really was fantastic, I loved seeing all the miniatures, and it made you want to spend a good few months in China and go visit them all.
They had both English and Chinese voice at each miniature telling you what it was so it was very easy to get information without having to read up on it all via plark, they have them also but the narration in English was good to just look and listen to what you where looking at.
There is ok food selection from what I could tell, but you can bring your own food and drinks no problem.

We did this over just the 1 day but could easy spend 2 days if you wanted to take it easy, there is lots of walking involved, and although there is a mini train that you can catch around the place, your not going to see much if that is all you do. You need to venture off the path into the areas that have the buildings and look at all the different areas, the train also did not seem to stop many places. But if you wanted to do a quick once over of everything just looking from train I am sure it would be fine also. It is however inside the places that you see everything.
Most where air conditioned also, which was nice on a hot day like we had, you get out of that heat for a small time.

If your going to spend just the one day, I would suggest you do the attractions side first (not the miniature side) as all of these have the set times for the dances, and you can do the once over of them all before heading over to the miniature side. As you can not really go back and forward seeing it is so long walk between the two sides. Also this way you know how much time you have left in the miniature side of things.
We got to park about 10am and by 2.30pm we where done on the attractions and dances side of park, we then did the miniatures very fast as we wanted go see another 5pm show.
So although I say you can spend more then 1 day you can also do it in just in limited time as we did.

Over all this place was fantastic, there was lots of new places being built also, so again in 3 to 6 months I am sure there will be all new things to see. Fantastic place to visit while in Shenzhen if you only have limited time, go see this place spend the day you wont be disappointed at all.
Written April 27, 2014
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia30 contributions
May 2012 • Family
A great place to visit. It's way better than Window of the World, in my opinion. If you have time for only one park, this will be a better choice. If time is not an issue, both Window of the World & SC/CFCV are worth visiting.

The main entrance is at Chinese Folk Culture Village; which is connected to Splendid China. Both parks open at 09:00. SC closes at 18:00 and CFCV closes at 21:00. Start your day early, the park is huge. I would suggest to take the touring car first so that you can cover some parts of SC before exploring more at CFCV on foot as you will not have enough time to explore every part of the park. Lots of walking!!

Entrance ticket is priced as below:

RMB65 for ages 65-69 (show passport to verify)
FOC for senior citizens age 70 and above (show passport to verify)

Oriental Costume Show: RMB50/pax regardless of age group
Other shows: included in ticket

Main shows:
Battle on Horseback - 14:00, 16:00
Oriental Costume Show - 17:00 (RMB50/pax, ticket office is open from 15:00)
Dragon & Phoenix Dance Show - 19:30

There are other smaller performances/shows at some ethnic villages.

Toilet is clean, easy to find.
Food outlets are available although prices are high for Chinese standards.
Written June 5, 2012
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia9 contributions
Mar 2012 • Friends
The China Folk Culture Village just right next to the Splendid China Park, and each ticket costs RMB 130. To get here, you can take the MTR to OCT station exit D, and it's just about 5 mins walk - just straight along the direction of the exit.

There are cultural performances from different tribes held at different times - so be sure to grab hold of a map at the entrance and plan your journey accordingly. Apart from these performances, there are also 3 major performances - horse riding & war scenes (2 pm & 4 pm - free), cultural costumes/dances (5 pm - RMB 50 general admission), and a dragon/phoenix dance at 7:30 pm (free general admission - you will need to exchange your park entrance ticket for a seat number, VIP seats costs RMB 80 each). The night show is a must see in my opinion as it's quite spectacular and showcases different chinese traditions and acrobatics.

Right next to the folk culture village is splendid china park, which houses miniature famous structures across China, e.g. the forbidden city, shaolin monastery, great wall of china etc. A great place to witness Chinese architecture, with many scenic views.

We spent almost a whole day here. From 12 pm right until the night show which concludes at around 8:30 pm.
Written March 13, 2012
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia33 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
Folk Cultural Village and Splendid China are both in the same park. Get off at OCT Metro and take exit D. Walk straight and you will see the park on the right. It opens at 10am. The admission fee is 180 yuan which you can access both the Folk Cultural Village and Splendid China. They are both interesting and is a must visit place if you are in Shenzhen. You probably need the whole day till the night to see it all.

Do stay back for all the major live performances - the Golden Spear Dynasty (2pm & 4pm), New Oriental Apparel (5pm) and Dragon & Phoenix Dance performance (7.30pm). Don't miss it as it is really awesome. The costumes, acrobatic performance, and the music and stage are absolutely impressive & amazing! It was really entertaining and I love it!
Written June 10, 2016
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Rajiv Bajaj
New Delhi, India1,556 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
Shenzhen is a city on the Mainland bordering Hong Kong that is best known for shopping. Best known for shopping of imitation branded products and electronics, it is also a major commercial hub. It also has a popular theme park – Window Of The World, which showcases scaled down replicas of the wonders of the world and other well-known tourist attractions, and this theme park is more popular with the Indian tourists.

The other well-known theme park is Splendid China, which is relatively less promoted in India for some reason. It is this park that my wife and I decided to visit on our trip to Shenzhen on 08 October 14. Arriving there shortly after lunch, we were impressed by the bright, colourful and yet serene atmosphere of the park from the moment we stepped in. The full name of this park is Splendid China Folk Culture Village, and it showcases the history and culture of ancient China that is most appealing visually. It not only has scaled-down replicas of ancient Chinese architecture from all over China, but also has cultural shows that take you down the history lane in a thoroughly engrossing manner. It brings to the fore the various “nationalities” that China was originally comprised of, their way of living, their religions and of course, the architecture of ancient China, including a scaled down version of the Great Wall.

We entered the park just in time to witness the Battle On Horseback show. This magnificent show is an enactment of a great war between nomadic warriors who fought against a much larger army. The skills demonstrated by the horsemen AND women was truly thrilling and amazing. The narration, though, was in Chinese, which we do not understand. However, that notwithstanding, the show managed to create a lot of excitement because this show was all about the skills of the riders and warriors and one does not really need to know the language to appreciate that, because that is what is on display.

After the show, we chose to walk through the park rather than avail of the available transport that can take you through. The available modes of transport include a golf-cart, a colorful, battery-driven “train” comprising of a golf-cart pulling several open “bogies”, a donkey cart, boat rides around the lake, or even battery driven three-wheeled scooters with two seats that are available for self-drive. Our wonderful guide, Amy, took us around the park on foot so that we could better explore the park at our own pace.

The problem with using an available transport is that these can only use the cemented pathways made in and around the park, and the time that you get to stop and explore each attraction is quite limited and you tend to miss the attractions built in the inner areas of the park, so exploring the park on foot is a much better option, if you don’t mind walking. And trust me, it can be quite a walk because the park is HUGE, and is spread over an area of several acres. But given the fact that there are so many trees, you will hardly feel the sun and it is much more pleasant this way. And should you feel thirsty, there are enough vending machines installed in the park that dispense water bottles, soft drinks and even beer cans, so one need not worry about running out of water or refreshments there. There are also several local food outlets selling snacks, and even some specialty restaurants if one wishes to have a proper meal.

The replicas of the ancient structures are beautifully crafted, bright and colourful. The entire park is so bright and colourful that we were totally mesmerized by the sights. And yet, it is so tranquil and peaceful that the absence of big crowds and noise made us wish we had more time to spend there. It is a photographer’s delight and one could actually go crazy clicking there – I know that we did. We clicked so many pictures and thankfully, the battery in the camera, as well as in my phone, lasted just long enough for us to finish the tour of the park. I am posting here some of the pictures that we clicked, so that one can relate to what I am talking about.

One major attraction of the park is the beautiful lake surrounded by ancient architectural replicas, and even a Wind & Rain Bridge. The water-wheels that are in use there show how water was distributed during the ancient time – truly amazing. It is also possible to take a boat ride on the lake, but since we did not have that much time, we chose not to. There was just too much to see and we did not wish to miss out on anything, and hence a boat ride was not an option for us.

One thing that I must remark upon is the curious kind of feeling one gets when you look around at the skyline. When not hidden by trees, in the background the tall skyscrapers of the city are visible beyond the periphery of the park, and it is at times like this that one gets a strange feeling of time standing still within the modern world. On the one hand you are looking at the replica of an ancient structure, and on the other hand you can see the modern world waiting beyond. And yet, there is complete absence of noise. So wonderful.

The other thing that is truly amazing about this park is that despite being a riot of colours in several places, there is so much peace and tranquility. The staffs working at the outlets within the park are also dressed in traditional Chinese clothes, blending wonderfully into this magical atmosphere that the park manages to create. The whole place is so beautiful and resplendent that the name Splendid China seems so appropriate. It is splendid indeed and a must visit, especially if one is interested in the culture of ancient China. The whole place seems to create a visit-China-in-a-day kind of atmosphere.

We left this park with a lot of reluctance as time was running out, and actually missed out on two other shows that are regularly featured there – one being the Dragon & Phoenix Dance and the other one being the traditional Chinese Costume Dancing Show. I am told that both are truly amazing. But never mind – that’s something that new to be discovered on my next trip. And I am reasonably sure that if I ever get to Shenzhen again, there will definitely be a another visit to this beautiful place.

Some travel tips –

If you are in Hong Kong, and wish to visit Shenzhen and this park, but do not have a China visa, don’t fret about it. Just contact a licensed tour operator who has services in Shenzhen and they can arrange a temporary group visa for a minimum of two people travelling together.

Getting to Shenzhen is easy. There is a regular train service that runs from Hung Hom station in Hong Kong to Luohu station, and it is just a 45 minutes ride. However, it would be better to do the trip on a week day like we did, rather than the weekends. That way, one can avoid the crowds in the train as well as at immigration check points.
Written October 15, 2014
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Malang744 contributions
Jan 2014 • Friends
Very easy to reach here, just used metro line and get down at Huaqiaocheng/Overseas Chinese Town (OCT) – exit D. With the admission fee RMB150, I can learn about China cultural and its habits, also enjoy with all the cultural show with additional cost but worth to see.
Time for the show :
- Horse war show : 11.30 am, 02.00 pm, 04.10 pm. Cost RMB10/person
- Oriental costume show/impression China : 05.00 pm. Cost RMB50 for normal seat or RMB80 for VIP. I take normal seat and it was good enough.
- Dragon and Phoenix show : 07.30 pm. Free cost exchange with entry ticket for normal seat or RMB50 for VIP. I take normal seat and also good enough. Ensure to exchange your ticket early so you will get front seat.

We can take picture wearing traditional costume for RM20/person (costume rent fee + 1 printed picture.... not allowed using our own camera)
Written June 26, 2014
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