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Shenzhen Children's Palace (Shaonian Gong)

This article was originally published on November 7, 2011, in the Shenzhen Daily.
The information was accurate at that time, and may be outdated now. Use with caution.

The Children's Palace (Shaonian Gong) with a planetarium

On a recent Tuesday afternoon, I had the pleasure of setting foot in the "Children's Palace" (Shaonian Gong) for the first time.

It was a slow day, and many of the exhibitions and theaters were closed. For example, the "4D Dynamic Theater" on the fourth floor only operates Thursdays and Fridays (once in the morning and twice in the afternoon) and weekends (twice in the morning and four times in the afternoon).

The 4D Theater hangs high over the lobby of the Children's Palace

Still, there was plenty to see. I especially enjoyed the interactive Science Exhibition Hall, and the quaint ride-through "Energy's World," showing the development of energy from the discovery of fire through the space age, via dioramas with narration (Chinese only).

Interesting dioramas in a life-science exhibit hall

Other areas in the Palace include an "Air Garden," "Beautiful Homeland," life-science exhibits, "Wonders in the Sea," "Flying to Space," an art gallery and music halls, and several theaters, including the Space Theater (Planetarium) and the Children's Theater.

Depiction of early lifestyles in "Energy's World"

Most of the exhibition halls are free; the theaters usually require modestly-priced tickets. For example, the 4D Theater charges 30rmb for adults, 15 for students.

The venue includes a snack bar, and there are numerous classes available in the education division.

View of the Children's Palace from atop Lianhua Shan

The Children's Palace is located across from Shenzhen Central Book City at Shaonian Gong (Children's Palace) Station on the Longgang Line (Line 3) or Longhua Line (Line 4). Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 9:00-12:00 and 2:00-6:00pm. Closed Mondays.

The Children's Palace  is also mentioned in my article about Lianhua Shan Park.

GPS Info:
  • 22.547423, 114.061549


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