Line 10 opens up some new possibilities
There are several Hakka sites to see in Shenzhen and beyond, some of them have been written about on this very account. Places such as Crane Lake Hakka Village in Longgang, the Art Village in Guanlan and even some Hakka Style architecture in Dapeng. The much-anticipated opening of metro line 10 has now brought a previously inconvenient Hakka location into play called Gankeng Hakka Small Town.
Gankeng Hakka Small Town is not the biggest nor the oldest, but it does have its own unique charm and is worth a few hours of your time, especially if you are nearby. Owned and operated by the OCT group it has been updated and renovated to meet the needs of a modern city, this retains its charm while catering for the younger crowd who desire services and convenience. So, dotted amongst the older buildings and alleyways you’ll find the usual tea shops and local restaurants, but this doesn’t take away from the area, it simply is what is it is.
Gankeng Hakka Small Town is a continual maze of narrow alleyways, each with its own decoration and style. The area is incredibly photogenic and provides opportunities for some great shots. It’s worth exploring each of these narrow alleys as you never know what you will discover. There are also the traditional Hakka courtyards and residences that remain unchanged over time.
The walls have murals and art splashed around to give a sense of character, and it’s also recommended to ‘look up’ as above your head there will likely be something to see.
You will also find remnants of the original structure here, such as the imposing entrance gate and the fortification wall. A throwback to what it must have looked like during its prime.
So, although not Shenzhen’s most impressive sight, I do think it is worth some time out of your life to check it out, especially if you have seen most of the ‘top shenzhen attractions’ and are looking for something new to see. But please be prepared this place gets very busy on the weekends.
Directions to Gankeng Hakka Small Town
Gankeng metro station line 10
Gankeng Hakka Small Town, 18 Ganli Road, Buji Subdistrict, Longgang District (深圳甘坑客家小镇,龙岗区布吉街道甘李路18号)
Buses: 980, M224, M227, M273, M324, M346, M414, M363 (Gankeng Village Committee Stop)
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