Dongguan Attractions - Things to Do
Currently, Dongguan is noted for being a city with a prosperous economy in China. Everyday, many people swarm into the city pursuing their fortunes and a better life. For this reason, it may seem that the bustling city is not an ideal place for tourists. However, this city has been awarded "The National Excellence in Tourism" as a result of its splendid historical relics and charming natural attractions.
Humen Naval Battle Museum
Opium War Museum
Dongguan has a long history that can be traced back to the Neolithic Age of 5,000 years ago. Until the year of 331 of the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420), this place was a county named Baoan. It was renamed in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). During its long history, Dongguan gave birth to the culture of the southern Guangdong Province that also made it a famous city with splendid history and culture.
Humen Town, located at the southern part of Dongguan City, is the cradle of Chinese modern history. When the Opium Wars (1840-1842 and 1856-1860) broke out in Humen Town more than 150 years ago, they had a far-reaching influence on Chinese modern history. The battlefield of the Opium Wars is the best preserved historical battlefield in China, and now houses the Opium War Museum, the Weiyuan Emplacement, and the Shajiao Emplacement. Nowadays, relics of the Opium Wars are the vital basis of patriotic education for the younger generation of Chinese. Aside from the three relics, the large area of litchi in the Former Residence of Jiang Guangnai, a founder of the PRC, the grand Humen Bridge and the Humen Naval Battle Museum near the Weiyuan Emplacement are really worthy of a visit.
When visiting there, a series of enchanting landscapes should not be missed. Keyuan Garden, which was constructed in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), is one of the four most famous gardens in Guangdong Province. It attracts visitors by imitating the ancient gardens of Suzhou in Jiangsu Province. Get to the garden at No.25 of Keyuan Road by taking buses No.15, 16 or 31. Additionally, a visit to the Yinxian Resort that is situated in the Changping Town of Dongguan City is one of the top things to do. Originally, it is the house of hermit Li Juesi, a respected official in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Now in modern times, the Yinxian Resort is a tour and amusement center with characteristic ancient buildings and a group of exquisite sculptures especially the white marble sculpture of Kwan-yin.
With support from the locally developed economy, new tour destinations have been built in recent years there. Among them, the Green World is highly recommended. The garden is located in the Nancheng District of Dongguan, covering an area of 4.56 square kilometers (about 1.76 square miles). As an ecological tour destination that attracts a great number of visitors by its beautiful natural environment, the garden is an ideal place to spend time on holidays. The city-buses No.35, 35A and 9 can take you directly there.
Dongguan is a special tour destination, which combines profound history and a vigorous modern economy. No matter what kind of city you prefer, you will find this place will satisfy your wishes. And you can readily get to Hong Kong and Macau for another memorable trip via Dongguan where convenient transportation is available.