Interesting spots to sightsee during Spring Festival

Writer: Cao Zhen  | Editor: Vincent Lin  | From: Shenzhen Daily





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Bay Market 新春市集

The beloved Bay Market, which attracted throngs of young people during the Christmas and New Year season, has returned for the Spring Festival with 25 wooden horse toys for you to ride. At the open-air market where a variety of snacks, lifestyle products and festival goods are on sale, you can try Russian Vologda ice cream, small tanghulu (crispy sugar-coated fruit on a stick), waffles and popular soft drinks and milk tea. From Feb. 12 to 17 at the market, there will be sugar painting demonstrations, a form of traditional Chinese folk art using hot, liquid sugar to create two dimensional objects.

Photos from The MixC Shenzhen Bay's WeChat account

Dates: Until Feb. 28

Hours: 5-9 p.m. (Mon.-Thur.), 5-10 p.m. (Fridays), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.)

Venue: The MixC Shenzhen Bay, Nanshan District (南山区深圳湾万象城)

Metro: Lines 2 or 11 to Houhai Station (后海站), Exit G

Piaose 飘色

Waterlands Resort will invite artists from Wuchuan City in west Guangdong to perform Wuchuan piaose for visitors. In a piaose performance, child performers wearing heavy makeup and special costumes stand or sit on iron shelving fixed on a special decorated, wheeled cart. Originated in Wuchuan in the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), people let children dress up as Bodhisattvas to replace the paper-made effigies that are paraded in villages to pray for a good harvest.

A piaose performance by a Wuchuan troupe. Photo from Waterlands Resort’s WeChat account

Dates: Feb. 12-16

Venue: Waterlands Resort, Bao’an District (宝安区海上田园)

Metro: Line 11 to Ma’an Hill Station (马安山站), Exit B and then take a taxi

Flowers 花卉

• Cherry blossom 樱花

Dates: Feb. 12-April 12

Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tickets: 39.9 yuan (WeChat account “MHEcoPark”)

Venue: Mission Hills Terra Art Ecological Park, Longhua District (龙华区观澜湖大地生态艺术园)

Metro: Line 4 to Mission Hills Station (观澜湖站), Exit A

• Galsang flowers 格桑花

Tickets: Free

Venue: Huaxiang Lake, inside Xiangmi Park, Futian District (福田区香蜜公园内花香湖)

Metro: Line 7 to Nonglin Station (农林站), Exit C

• Bald cypress 落羽杉

An aerial view of the bald cypress trees in Honghu Park. The bald cypresses are green in spring, yellow in fall and red in winter, and they will eventually turn reddish brown. Photo by Yang Shaokun

Tickets: Free

Venue: Honghu Park, Luohu District (罗湖区洪湖公园)

Metro: Line 7 to Honghu Station (洪湖站), Exit A

• Enkianthus 吊钟花

Tickets: Free

Venue: Wutong Mountain (梧桐山国家森林公园)

Metro: Line 8 to Wutong Mountain South Station (梧桐山南站), Exit D

People’s Arcade 众行拱廊

Visitors who plan to view exhibitions at the Sea World Culture and Art Center are encouraged to check out a pink arcade outside the center. Called the People’s Arcade, it is a retractable arcade that can be expanded over the length of a street section, linking disconnected public space and creating space for shelter and events.

Designed by People’s Architecture Office, the arcade was displayed at the Suzhou Design Week last year. The mobile arcade provides a comfortable walking environment through colorful sun and rain shading arches. The arched canopies allude to the curved walkways of Suzhou’s famous classical gardens, which through their small and intricate space design have a big impact on the garden experience.

Dates: Until Feb. 28

Venue: Outside Sea World Culture and Arts Center, Nanshan District (南山区海上世界文化艺术中心室外)

Metro: Line 2 to Sea World Station (海上世界站), Exit A

‘Temporal Resonance’ “时间的回响”

A big metronome installation with a luminous pendulum whose swinging is based on interaction with visitors is placed at the south entrance to OCT-LOFT. With “Temporal Resonance” as the theme, the New Year installations in OCT-LOFT also include neon lights of three-line poems written by netizens scattered at various locations in the area. OCT-LOFT has recently been listed among the city’s distinct cultural blocks.

The big metronome installation at the entrance of the south area of OCT-LOFT. Photo courtesy of OCT-LOFT

Dates: Until Feb. 28

Venue: OCT-LOFT, Nanshan District (南山区华侨城创意文化园)

Metro: Line 1 to Qiaocheng East Station (侨城东站), Exit A

Shang He Fang 上河坊

Shang He Fang is a 3,000-square-meter food and shopping area built in the style of bustling Song Dynasty (960-1279) streets. You can not only enjoy Chinese cuisine, popular snacks and soft drinks or buy handicrafts but also take countless selfies with its architecture and decorations.

Photo from Bao'an Maxland's WeChat account

Venue: Maxland, Bao’an District (宝安区大仟里购物中心)

Metro: Line 1 to Pingzhou Station (坪洲站), Exit A

Lantern show 自贡灯会

The beautiful Zigong Lantern Show, the best of its kind in China, has lit up Splendid China to welcome the Spring Festival and the Lantern Festival. Covering 300,000 square meters, the lantern show also includes a food street. The Zigong Lantern Show, originated from Zigong in Sichuan Province, is famous for its grand and comprehensive display of lanterns and has been listed as a national intangible cultural heritage item.

Dates: Until March 8

Hours: 6-10 p.m.

Tickets: 39.9 yuan (WeChat account “jxzh1989”)

Venue: Splendid China · China Folk Culture Villages (锦绣中华民俗村)

Metro: Line 1 to OCT Station (华侨城站), Exit D