Shenzhen garden and expo park. Run down relic or hidden charm?
Shenzhen Garden and Expo Park or Yuanboyuan is an old park in the Futian district that a lot of readers may not have heard of before. Now this may not be as large or clean as Lianhuashan Park, or have the views provided by Bijiashan Park or even be as green as Central Park, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth visiting. In fact quite the opposite, this is exactly why it’s worth visiting.
Now I must start by saying this is without doubt my favourite park in SZ, and I’ve been to most if not all of them in my time here. I really love a good walk in the park to clear my head and refresh myself from the hectic city life. Now as SZ is a city of parks it can be difficult to choose which one to go to, especially with each district having a large and well maintained one to frequent. The most obvious choice would be the local one to wherever you live, since going to park shouldn’t seem like a chore or hassle. But if you wanted to make more of an effort and see a hidden gem then please read on.
Don’t judge a book by its cover
Now at first glance this park will seem worn out, dated and a bit dirty. And you’d be correct. It does need a little bit of love. But I think this gives it a charm and character. Too many parks in SZ appear pristine and fake, this is a real urban park. An expo park is a park which has mini versions of other places. So this park has lots of little theme area, for example, a Shanghai style garden, or a Suzhou style area. While all of these are not entirely accurate, the Shenzhen one doesn’t remind me SZ at all, they do give a little taste of the rest of China and break up the ordinary trees, grass, trees, you get in some other places. There are also lots of statues and sculptures dotted around, from a giant face which is perfect for a selfie, to classical style females, and all those in between. There’s even a random ship that seems to serve no purpose other than just being there
There is a great Buddhist pagoda in this park too, and if you go early enough in the morning you’ll see and hear the local monks singing and worshipping here, makes for nice walking music! It’s at the top of some steep stairs so some effort is involved, like anything else in life. But the effort is worth it as the pagoda is quite some sight indeed.
Need to know
Now this park can be quite easy to get lost in, so make sure you remember which exit you choose to enter and exit from, because there are 4, north, south, east and west. There are many sign posts and maps in the park so you’ll be ok, but just as a precaution. For example follow the signs for south gate (if that’s the one you choose to exit from). Also bring water with you as there won’t be anywhere to buy it when you’re walking around (there is a shop by the south gate but its higher prices) and bring bug spray because you WILL get bitten.
Want to go?
Unfortunately no near a metro station, closest as a guess would be Zhuzilin, but I don’t know the direction. There is a major bus stop near here because it’s right on the main road. Can get bus 21,26,101,113,121,204,209,210,223,232,234,245,327,338,m372,m391,m433,m448,m488 to Yuanboyuan The bus stop is right outside South Gate .