Shenzhen · Culture & Creative


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!

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海上世界文化艺术中心Sea World Culture and Arts Center


No.1187, Wanghai Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen

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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.

G&G创意社区G&G Creative Park


G38, No.9 Liyuan Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen

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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.

华美术馆OCT Art and Design Gallery


No.9009 Shennan Avenue, Nanshan District, Shenzhen

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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.

何香凝美术馆Hexiangning Art Museum


No.9013 Shennan Avenue, Nanshan District, Shenzhen

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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.

万象天地Mixc World


Intersection of Shennan Avenue and Shahe West Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen

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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.

高北十六创意园Gaobei 16 Creative Park “Block Sixteen”


No.16 Gaoxin North 6th Road Shenzhen High-Tech Park

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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

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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.

深圳当代艺术与城市规划馆Shenzhen Museum of Contemporary Art and Urban Planning


No.184 Fuzhong Road, Lianhua Avenue, Futian District, Shenzhen

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深圳市当代艺术与城市规划馆是由“解构主义急先锋”——Coop Himmelblau设计。当代艺术博物馆和城市规划馆在同一个建筑表皮之下,分别作为文化交流之处以及建筑展览场所,是深圳市福田区文化艺术的新地标

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.

深业上城Shum Yip Upperhills


North-west of the intersection of Huanggang Road and Sungang West Road, Futian District Central North, Shenzhen

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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.

关山月美术馆Guan Shanyue Art Museum


No.6026 Hongli Road, Futian District, Shenzhen

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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.

深圳大剧院Shenzhen Grand Theater


No.5018 Shennan East Road Luohu District, Shenzhen

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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”.

大芬油画村Dafen Oil Painting Village


Intersection of Shenhui Highway and Busha Highway, Shenzhen

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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.

上围艺术村Shangwei Art Village


Shangwei Road, Zhangkengjing Community Guanhu Street, Longhua District, Shenzhen

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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.

观澜版画原创产业基地Guanlan Original Industry Base for Printmaking


No.169 Yuxin Road, Longhua District, Shenzhen

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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.

鳌湖艺术村New Who Art Village


Xingye Road, Longhua District, Shenzhen

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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.


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