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“Worth the effort”

Crane Lake Hakka Village
Ranked #31 of 494 things to do in Shenzhen
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

As others have said, it is a ways out but worth the trip. Not very well known, I had to ask 3 or 4 people before someone was able to point me in the right direction. It was interesting went I finally arrived. Not a lot of other visitors which made it a good experience as well. In talking with one of the staff there, they haven't done a great job of promoting the site but they are starting to. If interested in these sort of site, go before more people learn of the place.

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Reviewed 14 June 2014

Going to Hakka Village from Shiya took me a good hour and 8RMB on the metro. It's an interesting museum - the old Chinese architecture of the village being, of course, a rarity in Shenzhen (for architecturally-minded visitors, it's a must see. It was restored and is well-maintained).
The exhibitions were instructive for me, as a foreigner recently arrived in China. They cover several social and cultural aspects of the Hakka heritage, the history of the family who built the Villa and verse upon a myriad of site-specific historic and construction details.
The ambiance of the place was the top part of the visit for me. The silence, lush vegetation, the moss, the bonsai and the terrific light make Crane Lake a kind of an oasis in this part of town.

** How to get there: Metro line 3 to Nanlian. Exit C1. Walk straight ahead for 5min along Longgang Blv until you reach an arched passageway on your left. The small parking space leads onto a pedestrian street. Crane Lake is the big fortified building at the end of it. Entrance fee 10RMB.

5  Thank Joana R
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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.

Thank viviensin
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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.

Thank 621chrisc
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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.

2  Thank Babzkk
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