One of the great things about Shenzhen is that there are always new places opening up and new places to discover. The 4-kilometer red ribbon bridge in Hongqiao Park (虹桥公园) is one of these architectural gems. The project manager of this park is Spanish architect Ramón Cuesta who lives in Shenzhen. It is great to see Shenzhen utilizing international talent for large city projects.
With the metro reaching Guangming district where the park is situated, places like this are easier than ever to reach for a day trip. This is a visually impressive place, with the striking red color contrasting with the surrounding greenery and hopefully a vivid blue sky on your visit. It is definitely one of the places that has a ‘wow factor’ in Shenzhen.
When it was first opened it became an instant wanghong spot and was very busy, in fact it was one of the most visited places in Shenzhen during the Chinese New Year period. It still is on the weekend, but when I came on a weekday it was a ghost town (like most spots in Shenzhen).
Image via Joe Macpherson
In the future this area will be developed into a large walking and hiking area, but right now it’s only around a 1-hour walk or so on the bridge. It’ll connect various parks and will be a part of a kind of eco-corridor in that area. You can follow the red path to see all the various sightseeing areas and it’s worth checking around everywhere since you are already there.
There is very little sun cover here so be prepared for that, and the facilities here are still not fully completed. There’s one or two vending machines, and no F&B in the nearby vicinity. However, this will develop over time. This will undoubtedly be one of the most visited places in Shenzhen for a long time to come.
Metro: Guangming Road Station, Line 6 then walk around 1.5-kilometers or take a short taxi trip
Chinese Name: 光明新城公园
Joe Macpherson, also known as ‘Shenzhen Guide’ is a Welshman who has lived in Shenzhen for six years. He is the go-to person for Shenzhen advice on food, hiking and more. Check out his blog at wanderlustwelshman.com for more in-depth guides, plus other hidden gems in Shenzhen.
[Cover image via Shenzhen Daily]