TEAMING up with Overseas Chinese Town Holdings Co. (OCT Group), Dapeng New Area is planning to create a national 4A-level scenic spot, covering the national historical site of Dapeng Fortress, the Jiaochangwei beach resort and Dongshan Temple, the Daily Sunshine reported.
According to the new area's culture, sports and tourism bureau, the new tourist attraction, with an area of about 465,000 square meters, will be officially established today, heralding the construction of a national 4A-level scenic spot.
"Dapeng New Area is striving to create a demonstration area of all-for-one tourism. The community residents will also participate in the construction and operation of the tourism area and share the fruits of the new area's tourism development," said a spokesman from the bureau.
It has been reported that the tourism area, named Dapeng Fortress Tourism Area, will be developed into one of the most diversified tourism resources in Guangdong Province.
According to Li Yingchun, deputy general manager of a subsidiary under the OCT Group, the establishment of the area will promote the overall construction and upgrade of Dapeng Fortress, the Jiaochangwei beach resort and Dongshan Temple. At present, a world cultural heritage town is being planned, which aims to tap into the local culture under the strategic guidance of "culture + tourism + new urbanization," said Li.
The facelift of the ancient town will not require much demolition or building, nor will it wreak havoc on the original historical and cultural features. The tourism area will be opened to the public May 1 next year.
With a history of more than 600 years, Dapeng Fortress was a military base that resisted Japanese pirates on the southeastern coast of China during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is Shenzhen's only historical site under State protection and one of the best preserved coastal defense fortresses from the Ming and Qing dynasties.
The Jiaochangwei is famous for its beautiful coastline, while Dongshan Temple boasts a history of over 600 years.