Although Shenzhen is renowned for its technological and economic development, the city has also gradually gained recognition (both domestically and abroad) as a “Design City” with a booming “culture and creative” scene.
The bilingual Discovery Route featuring “Culture and Creativity” is designed to educate the public about the development of Shenzhen’s culture and arts industry. Participants following this route can learn more about Shenzhen in a fun and innovative manner. This Discovery Route is designed to enhance a sense of belonging to the city, while increasing attention on Shenzhen’s rapidly expanding “Culture and Creativity” landscape.
Keep on reading for a closer look at this route!
No.1187, Wanghai Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
Sea World Culture and Arts Center, located in Shekou Sea World – an expatriate hub in Shenzhen, features several top-class exhibition halls for culture and arts and aims to be the next visionary site for celebrating arts and culture globally.
G38, No.9 Liyuan Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
A design experiential and industrial creative center focusing on the exploration of new lifestyles, the G&G Creative Community is a creative destination and content incubator driven by a shared economy. The many new commercial arts initiatives the community has kickstarted include: ing Market, ING Creative Space, ing Street, Crazy Grass Festival, Creative Forum, etc.
No.9009 Shennan Avenue, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
OCT Art and Design Gallery is the country’s first design-themed art museum, with an exterior shaped like a beehive. Along with the He Xiangning Art Museum and the OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT), it forms part of the “Art Triangle” in the Overseas Chinese Town (OCT). The museum also houses an Art Salon – a comprehensive engagement platform for art lovers.
No.9013 Shennan Avenue, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
Located in the Overseas Chinese Town (OCT) in Shenzhen, the museum first opened its doors on April 18, 1997. With the inscription of its name handwritten by Jiang Zeming, it is the first national art museum named after an individual. A prestigious institution in Chinese art, academia and for society at large, the museum is extending its influence to the global stage.
Intersection of Shennan Avenue and Shahe West Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
Located in the Nanshan District of Shenzhen, Mixc World integrates cafes, food and shopping into one, incorporating innovative, cultural and humanities-related, fashion, art, and social elements. Oﬀering an “all-new leisurely urban creative space”, the mall has become a popular hit for social media influencers.
No.16 Gaoxin North 6th Road Shenzhen High-Tech Park
Block Sixteen is a creative park located at 16 Gaoxin North 6th Road, Shenzhen High-Tech Park, hence its name. The park explores and creates prototype street zones for lifestyles of the future, with a focus on the cultural, creative and technological industries. Arts and entertainment events such as concerts, forums and book clubs are frequently held in the park.
No.2 Jinxiu North Street, Nanshan District
OCT-LOFT takes its name from the reconstruction of factory buildings. Combining creativity, design and art, the park is shaping up to be a landmark structure in Shenzhen and a new open community for cultural industries, serving as a hub for arts events and Shenzhen’s hipsters.
No.184 Fuzhong Road, Lianhua Avenue, Futian District, Shenzhen
The Shenzhen Museum of Contemporary Art and Urban Planning was designed by “deconstructivism pioneer” Coop Himmelblau. As the new landmark for culture and arts in Shenzhen’s Futian District, the museum functions both as a site of cultural exchange and architectural exhibition under the same surface.
North-west of the intersection of Huanggang Road and Sungang West Road, Futian District Central North, Shenzhen
Located in the center of Futian District and surrounded by three major central parks, it is connected to the Lotus Hill and Bijiashan Park by the scenery bridge. Shum Yip Upperhills is a leader in the concept of “high-end quality living”, focusing on creative design, product innovation and quality concepts. The LOFT town on the third floor of Shum Yip Upperhills is a favorite for social media influencers.
No.6026 Hongli Road, Futian District, Shenzhen
Guan Shanyue Art Museum is a national public welfare cultural organization named after the famous Chinese painter Guan Shanyue. As an important platform for international artistic dialogue and exchange, the museum has hosted close to 100 international art events and exhibitions.
No.5018 Shennan East Road Luohu District, Shenzhen
Built in 1984, the Shenzhen Grand Theater was the first construction in China that introduced a stage design shaped after the character “pin” and was built using advanced mechanical equipment from abroad. It has since become the progressive symbol for modern theater architecture in China, marking the beginning of the “Era of the Grand Theater”.
Intersection of Shenhui Highway and Busha Highway, Shenzhen
The oil painting industry of Dafen Village traces its roots back to 1989. Today’s Dafen Village is the biggest production and trading base for commercial oil painting in the country, and an important oil painting distribution center in the world. It is a creative cultural industry area that is most representative of Shenzhen, and attracts a large number of visitors.
Shangwei Road, Zhangkengjing Community Guanhu Street, Longhua District, Shenzhen
Shangwei Art Village is an urban village cultural project with a government-built platform serving as a performance space for traditional opera artists. It was transformed from an old dilapidated and rubbish-filled village that was unsuitable for living into an ecological base for the arts that blends artistic reinvention with environmental management.
No.169 Yuxin Road, Longhua District, Shenzhen
Guanlan is the hometown of China’s first-generation printmaking artist Chen Yanqiao. Converted from a 300-year-old Hakka village, the Guanlan Original Industry Base for Printmaking is an ideal and peaceful place much-loved by artists, which combines print art creation, printmaking, and print art exhibition, collection, exchange, research, training and market development into one.
Xingye Road, Longhua District, Shenzhen
New Who Art Village is a century-old Hakka village in the Longhua District of Shenzhen. In 2012, a group of artists came and started exploring the village as an artistic base for creative work, which evolved into Aohu Art Village today. Featuring the Aohu Art Museum, Courtyard of the Arts, Diaolou Theater, and specialty shops, the village embraces artists, local residents, visitors and large numbers of tourists.