We had another day in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, before we travel to the next province, Fujian province, to the east. In addition to its reputation as a high tech hub, Shenzhen is notable for having a variety of theme parks. Some of them are, Windows to the World, Happy Valley, and Splendid China/China Folk Culture Villages.
We decided to check out the Splendid China/China Folk Culture Villages, a combined theme park for one admission of $200 Yuan ($30 USD). The China Folk Culture Villages feature various minority groups of China, whereas the Splendid China features replicas of all the famous man-made wonders as well as natural wonders in China.
We began at the China Folk Culture Villages. The park is well laid out with landscaped winding paths. The park is big, and there are paid trolleys or individual scooters for getting around for those unable or unwillingly to walk.
The park is very clean and well kept, including the toilet facilities.
Since we were there on a weekday, the park was not that busy. We were able to easily walk to the various minority villages to see the cultural dances, skills shows, and other mini-performances that are available throughout the day. We were able to see 6 of the 8 possible shows (Dai, Mosuo, Va, Miao, Li, and Tibetan).
But the main events were the three feature performances included with our entrance tickets. If we had visited on a weekend or a holiday, we would need to select one of three performances, and buy tickets for the other two. But since it was a weekday, we had the option to see all three performance.
There are food and drink facilities throughout the park, everything from snack stands to full restaurants. There were also some impromptu performances such as acrobatics or Cantonese opera singing.
After a late lunch of noodles, we went to see the Legend of the Desert show. The story is one tribal warlord invading another along the Silk Road during the Yuan Dynasty.
The production was well choreographed and exciting. The quality was just as good, if not better than the Cowboy Stunt shows at Disneyland. It had everything from individual horse stunts to full blown dynamic fighting between soldiers on foot and on horseback, charging at full speed, to pyrotechnics and explosions, and heroic drama and comedy.
It was really entertaining. Since we enjoyed the show so much, we decided to stay and check out the next show at 5 pm.
We crossed over to the Splendid of China to check out the replica wonders of China.
It was interesting to see the miniature version of places we have already been to in China, such as the Great Wall, Imperial Palace, Leshan Giant Buddha, Li River, Huangshan, West Lake, Potala Palace, etc.
But is was more interesting to check out the miniature version of places we have yet to visit in China, such as the Stone Forest in Kumming, the Longmen Grottoes in Henan, Confucius Temple in Shandong, and Inner Mongolia.
Then it was time for the second show, the New Oriental Apparel, a grand folk dance show in traditional costumes. This show has been to more than 10 countries for show tours, representing the best in China, and winning the Chinese National Lotus Award.
This show was also very well choreographed with over 120 professional actors, with excellent high-tech stage effects. We thoroughly enjoyed it, and were mesmerized by all the colorful costumes and the different types of dances and music.
By this time, we were convinced that we should not missed out on the evening Grand Epic feature performance, Dragon and Phoenix Dance.
Earlier on, we had spotted a sign outside a big Mongolian yurt styled building that mentioned a dinner and show for $38 Yuan ($6 USD).
The dinner turned out to be a buffet meal. The food was quite tasty and plentiful.
During the meal, there was a colorful live performance on the Mongolian culture, especially on the Mongolian marriage ceremony.
After the dinner show, it was dark outside, and most of the villages and replicas were all lit up.
Then it was time for the grand finale performance. The venue was a large outdoor-covered stadium with comfortable seating.
The Show is about the birth, development, and flourishing of Chinese civilization. The performance was very elaborate. The show blends colourful floats, hundreds of dancers with unique stunning costumes, acrobatic performances, laser, fireworks, flying dragons, waterfalls, and other stage effects.
It was one hour of non-stop performance, interpreting 5,000 years of Chinese Folk customs.
After an unexpected full day at this theme park, it was an easy 20 minute metro ride back to our hotel.