Nantou Ancient City Reopens in Shenzhen

By Rakini Bergundy, August 31, 2020

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Contrary to popular belief, Shenzhen does have pockets of culture, just waiting to be explored. Nantou Ancient Town (南头古城) officially reopened last week after months-long renovations which began last October. Nantou Ancient Town is an ancient city site and the former administrative center of Xin’an County, its history dating back to 331 CE. 

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Post-renovations. Image via ShenzhenForeignAffairs深圳外事

The aim of the renovation project was to “turn the ancient town into the most attractive destination for culture and history in Shenzhen.” The site already held a festival this past weekend and will continue to hold more art and cultural activities, marking itself as a destination in the Greater Bay Area. Currently, 90% of the 299 houses have been leased back and 88 buildings have been renovated. 

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Coffee shops housed in renovated buildings. Image via That’s

Many new shops and restaurants including Gaga Garden, Miffy Cafe, Johandy Coffee Voyage, Chicecream and more have opened in the unique ancient city. 


 Image via ShenzhenForeignAffairs深圳外事


 Image via ShenzhenForeignAffairs深圳外事

If you want to learn more about the history of Nantou Ancient Town, there is a small museum showcasing the history of the town and the 1820 Nantou Digital Pavilion.

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Image via @南头古城/WeChat

[Cover image via @南头古城/WeChat]

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