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Shenzhen Dapeng Fortress
Ranked #32 of 486 things to do in Shenzhen
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Dapeng Fortress, and the 600-year-old ancient town that it protects, is one of Shenzhen’s most hallowed historical treasures. The fortress was the site of one of the key battles in the country’s infamous opium wars. Though it takes awhile to get to, it’s worth the effort.
Shenzhen, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Very Interesting”
Reviewed June 8, 2014

I visited the fortress in Feb. 2014. The fortress is located quite a ways outside of the city so my dad and I rented a car and driver for the day. We visited the fortress in the morning and pretty much had the place to ourselves even though it was during a public holiday. Around noon there were the normal crowds of people. You can walk around the fortress for free or buy a 20 kuai ticket that allows you access to a couple of different museums. I am really glad we bought the the tickets. The museums helped give a better idea of the history of the fortress. There are lots of small restaurants and shops to buy food and souvenirs. This one of the few places where you can see the history of Shenzhen and how it used to be. I am hoping to go back sometime and explore the peninsula more including the temple and other sites that are in that area.

Visited February 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“One of the last vestiges of history in Shenzhen”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

Located out in the eastern edge of Shenzhen, Dapeng Fortress is a walled city that is a few hundred years old. It's on Dapeng Peninsula, and a visit there gives one the realization that there were actually people other than fice farmers and fishermen living in the area prior to 1979. Squatters and families claiming rights and territory still live there, and have set up shops in many houses along the avenues. The second time I was there it seemed to have come alive a bit more, with some park areas and some displays that make it a bit more interesting. It's worth a visit to see one of the last remaining structures in Shenzhen that's more than 30 years old.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank syoung108
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
“The old city”
Reviewed February 19, 2014

For hundred years this town isolate herself from the development of the modern city.

Everything here has maintained their original shape, giving you a feel of walking into the past. Their houses, the fortress, their living culture....

Have a taste on their local dishes, have a look at their houses and temples, join them in what they playing there....

It's definitely a must to visit here. There is nothing much to say, you should experience it by yourself.

I have some pictures of what I did there.

Visited January 2014
4 Thank siauhwa
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“A must visit!”
Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

I've just had the pleasure of experiencing Dapeng fortess with a private tour by my wife who's family lived behind the fortess walls for generations. They have their own local Chinese accent that will identify if you're originally from that area. The history is is that her grandfather helped save many residents living behind the walls from the Japanese soldiers during their occupational during WWI. Her family home is now an historical site located on the top residential row of the fortress. There are still residents still living in certain parts of the historical fortress and visitors are free to say hello as you pass. After visiting Dapeng fortress, stroll down to the beach front and there you'll discover a mostly redeveloped area of quaint rental motels for enjoying some R&R. We stayed at Sharemood #2 which is family run. Take the E11 bus from Shenzhen to the fortress and enjoy. Oh and don't forget to visit the Temple just a few minutes up the road by bus before you leave the area, very impressive.

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“Very Interesting & Definitely Worth a Visit”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

I went with my parents and aunt & uncle to this place on my last visit back to China/Hong Kong. None of them have been to the Dapeng Fortress before and we thoroughly enjoyed our time here. There was a restaurant that was closed to the Fortress where we had lunch. The food was rustic but delicious. After we paid to get into the Ancient City, it was like a whole different world in there. You can see some beautiful views of Shenzhen when you get up to some of the buildings in there. The buildings in there are old and rustic and definitely worth a trip to see. I see kids playing in some of the houses, so I think some people actually lives there. There is a nice cafe/convenient store type of restaurant inside where you can get a cold drink. It is closed to a large red bell you can ring/bong for good luck. Worth a visit for friends, families, and couples.

Visited June 2012
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