Half of Shenzhen City was originally Hakka. This came about after the 17th century Kangxi Emperor depopulated the coastline to a depth of 30km as part of his campaign against Ming loyalists in Taiwan. When the coast was repopulated, the Hakka, descendants of 13th century immigrants from north China, were quicker. Relations between the Hakka and the Cantonese were often strained. During the 19th century, half a million people lost their lives in civil strife between the Hakka and the Cantonese. Accordingly, most Hakka settlements of any size were heavily fortified. The most common form of fortification in south China is the rectangular “wei” or “wai” and the biggest of them anywhere is the Crane Lake Wei in Longgang. It doubles as a museum of Hakka culture.
|Address||Crane Lake Fortified Hakka Village and Hakka Culture Museum, Longgang District, Shenzhen|
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Would recommend to check out the “New Crane Lake Hakka Village”. I went there by metro line 3/ Longgang Line (NanLian station). You might walk another 10-15 minutes and the village can be easily overseen. From the metro station turn left into BiXin Rd. and next turn left into LongYuan Rd. where the village is on the right side. Is was suprisingly interesting. The place is having exhibtions in various houses and rooms inside the village in both English and Chinese language. It was mainly about the daily life, aggriculture, a hero who fought against the Japanese, different kinds of Hakka houses and as well more specific things like Hakka wedding procedures, etc. The entrance fee (not sure if it was 10 or 20 RMB) was absolutely worth visiting this place. Make sure you will go there latest 3pm as it closes at 5pm and for us around an hour was definitely too less time to go around in there.
If you feel hungry after visiting the village you might turn right at the exit, pass the security guy gate and check out some food stalls on the left at this street. We had some wraps filled with crispy thin bread and sausage and a delicious sauce for 3 RMB.
… turn right into LongYuan Rd. ….
Environnement urbain en contraste.
Transports en commun assez proches (bientôt).
Bel exemple de “village” hakka fermé, en cours de restauration.
Trop peu fréquenté, donc peu financé.