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A Walk through OCT

This article was originally published on July 9, 2010, in the Shenzhen Daily.
The information was accurate at that time, and may be outdated now. Use with caution.

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After last week's ride on the "Happy Line" monorail, let's take a closer look at some things to see in OCT--and they're all FREE!

Entrance to Windows of the World
Numbers in the article refer to locations on the map above.

From Shijie Zhichuang Metro Station by Exit A (1), take a look inside Yitian Holiday Plaza (2). Leave Shennan and walk past the Venetian-themed Crowne Plaza Hotel (3) and the elaborately planted entry plaza of Happy Valley (4), to reach the aptly-named Ecology Square (5). This large tranquil area has open-air dining establishments, and often hosts groups practicing dance or doing tai chi.

Just across from the Square, enter the C-Mall (6), and ramble southward. Exiting the mall, walk toward Huaqiaocheng Metro Station until you reach the excellent Huaxia Arts Center (7).

Walk east on Shennan on the wide, tree-lined path, noting the entrance to The LOFT area (8), a nice place for a coffee and some art viewing.

Entrance to Splendid China and the Folk Cultural Villages
Pass Qiaochengdong Metro Station and cross Shennan at the signal. Turn right and you'll soon reach the entry area of Splendid China and the Folk Cultural Villages (9), where lots of souvenirs can be seen.

Walking west on Shennan, pass the Intercontinental Hotel (and its huge Galleon) (10), the OCT Art & Design Gallery with its honey-combed exterior (11), and the sleekly modern He Xiangning Art Museum (12). Watch now for life-size bronze statues of people in various natural poses (13) as you return to Windows of the World. Just west of the entrance, relax and have a cool drink in the kitschy European Street (14).

You can board the Metro several places along your route; the entire stroll should take about 3 hours.

GPS Info:
  • Windows of the World Station (start and end point) = 22.53746, 113.97441


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