This trip will be a leisurely weekend excursion to visit the new Shenzhen Museum, a garrison town, and two old historic walled villages including an overnight stay in the comforts of the Interlaken (OCT) Hotel, built in a luxury resort replicating an alpine Swiss village in the large ecologically protected scenic hills of Eastern Shenzhen. Along the way, we will have opportunities to savor some of the delectable cuisines that our neighboring town offers.
The new Shenzhen Museum (深圳博物館) opened in late 2008. It has numerous permanent galleries, two of which feature the ancient history and ethnic groups in Shenzhen. The exhibits will provide an ideal introduction to our understanding of the history and culture of Shenzhen.
One of the best preserved garrison towns in China, Dapeng Garrison Town (大鵬鎮鵬城) was founded in 1394 to protect the eastern coast. Preserved up to this day, the city wall is now a National Heritage.
Occupying an area of 25,000 square meters, the walled village of Dawan Shiju (大萬世居) is located in Longgang Town (龍崗鎮). The village belongs to a Tsang clan that is related to the Tsang Tai Uk (曾大屋) of Shatin. Listed as a Provincial Heritage, it is the largest and one of the best preserved walled villages in Shenzhen that has now been converted into a museum of the Hakka people.
Longtin Shiju (龍田世居) is also located in Longgang (龍崗鎮). The walled village was built in 1837. It belongs to a Wong clan of Hakka people that migrated from northeastern Guangdong's Meizhou District (梅州地區).
We are privileged to have as our guest lecturer, Dr. Joseph Ting (丁新豹博士), formerly Chief Curator of the Hong Kong Museum of History. Dr. Ting received his Ph.D in 1989 from the Department of Chinese at the University of Hong Kong. He joined the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 1979 as Assistant Curator II and was transferred to the Hong Kong Museum of History in 1988 to become the Curator. After retiring from the Hong Kong Museum of History, Dr. Ting remains Honorary Adviser to a number of cultural institutions both in Hong Kong and Mainland China.