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“Worth to visit” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Crane Lake Hakka Village

Crane Lake Hakka Village
Ranked #28 of 486 things to do in Shenzhen
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Hong Kong
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Worth to visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2014

Really unexpected there is such a well preserved Hakka Village in this crowded city. You know the governement like to develope all the old houses and places. However, it is quite to difficult to find out. This village is definitely to visit. People can see the traditional buildings and the old style of a Hakka Village. Just pay RMB as entrace fee and take a step to experience the old days.

Visited June 2013
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Shanghai, Shanghai, China
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“Take a step back in time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2014

This place is the same as "Shenzhen Hakka Museum" and "Longgang Hakka Museum".

The compound is far from the city center and difficult to find, but if you're interested in Chinese culture, and particularly Hakka culture, this is not to be missed. Tickets are a mere 10RMB, and they have a free audio tour you can take for a 300RMB deposit that comes in both English and Mandarin. Some earlier reviewers complained about the lack of English, but now nearly everything has English translations, varying in quality from a bit of head-scratching to perfectly understandable. The audio tour tends to be a simple reading of the signs, but occasionally adds some additional value to what's already posted.

The quality of the exhibits is very high, and you will learn about everything from the history of the family and their various businesses to Hakka wedding customs, origins of kylin/lion dancing, dragon boat racing, daily life in the compound, ancient crafting and farming techniques, and a history of the Hakka people, the region, and its inhabitants. I spent an entire afternoon here getting lost in time.

Getting There:
Take the Longgang line to Nanlian road, near the eastern terminus. From there I used my mediocre Mandarin and Cantonese skills to ask for directions. I was pointed towards the Luoruihe Pedestrian street. Just walk to the end and you're there.

Visited March 2014
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Worth the Trek!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

Fascinating to find this old Hakka village harboring in the midst of development. This walled village was bigger than I thought it would be and interesting to see There are signs in English and Chinese, but you can also borrow an audioguide that, as usual, requires a deposit which is returned after the tour...
The device is portable and comes with a booklet with numbers to talks -- you just point the stylus, and the explanation begins....

Take the Longgang Line out to Nanlian Station. The trip takes almost an hour from Lo Hu. In Nanlian, use Exit B2 (I think you go on Bixin ...North). It's about 4 long blocks away (go 2 on Bixin, and then turn right for another 2). The way to recognize the entrance is by looking up at the overhead street sign (both Eng and Ch)...To me the entrance was not that noticeable.
Map from the hotel was extremely useful in navigating there and back. (The map had English and Chinese so I could point and a cab took me the short distance there. I walked back to the Station afterwards). The ride from Lo Hu was 7 RMB by metro.

Visited March 2014
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“Nostalgic walk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013

This hakka residential fort is situated in the middle of a thriving industrial area. You will find rows of shops selling hardware and paint along the stretch of road leading to the fort. Alight at Nanlian Station (Subway), and take the left exit down. Keep left and walk pass the Venus Hotel. Walk straight on pass the row of shops selling hardware and paint. Keep a lookout for the Hakka Village's signboard across the road. Keep walking till you reach the first traffic lights. You need to cross over and make a U-turn to get to the entrance of the road leading to the Hakka Village. If in doubt, it is best to print out the Chinese name of the Hakka Village and show it to the locals for direction. The guard outside Venus Hotel was extremely helpful in pointing out the exact location.

Entrance fee is 10 RMB. They give you a pack of postcards too. Take your time to familiarise yourself with the map before you enter as the fort is very large. I took 2 hours to walk around the entire compound. Worth every single minute! This well-maintained fort is a reminder of the rich and vibrant Hakka culture. If you are an overseas Hakka, immerse yourself in the traditions of the past and present. The compound and rooms are filled with artefacts from the Lou family, who owned the fort.

There is a night market behind the fort, which might be worth exploring. I went there around noon, so it was closed. There is a small wet market in a small lane diagonally across from the fort too. You can see the locals buying food. A good place to catch a glimpse of local action.

The Hakka Village opens daily from 0830am-5.30pm (info as of Oct 2013).

Visited October 2013
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Shah Alam, Malaysia
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“Best attraction in Shenzhen!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

It's a bit out of the way from downtown Shenzhen but it's accessible through the subway train. However, when you get there, be warned that not all the locals even know where this is so some patience (and a good command of Chinese is necessary).
However when you get there, you will be astounded at the history there. There's are MANY rooms of exhibits there and if you have Hakka heritage in your blood, you may feel a strong surge of emotion and melancholy there.
Highly recommended!

Visited January 2013
4 Thank pianocello
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