Shekou Shenzhen Cruise

Art at the OCT Loft

The Dafen oil paintings village

The monuments at the Windows of the World Theme Park

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Shekou/Shenzhen

The ancient China taste

Welcome to China. Your MSC Cruise will take you to Shenzhen, in the province of Guangdong, not far from Hong Kong. Fifteen million people live and work in this 24-hour city, with its hot, humid summers and mild winters.

There are many places of interest and tourist attractions to explore in Shenzen, starting with an excursion to the OCT Loft Creative Culture Park. Here you can browse the many shops which offer the latest trends in fashion, design and of course art. Try a cold drip coffee at the Gee Coffee Roasters, which is inside the OCT park, or take a look round the OCAT, a former two-storey warehouse that houses temporary exhibits.
 
An excursion will take you to admire the art at the Dafen oil painting village. Located in the city district, for over twenty years this cluster of houses has been known for the work of thousands of artists specialised in reproducing copies of western works of art, also on commission. For example, if you want a wallet-sized Mona Lisa, you can buy your mini-reproduction of a Da Vinci at a reasonable price, then sit and admire it while sipping tea in one of the many cafes in the village.
 
There is also an excursion to the Windows of the World Theme Park, in the western part of the city, where you can see miniature reproductions of one hundred and thirty of the most famous monuments in the world, including the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids, Sydney Opera House, Mount Rushmore, the Taj Mahal and the Palace of Versailles. A world tour in just a few hectares. There are also indoor ski slopes and a cable car.

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    China

    A nation on the march
    A nation on the march

    A cruise to China offers a phenomenal to discover China, a splendidly diverse country in its geographic, ethnic, culinary and social make-up.


    Developing at a rate unmatched in human history, already huge cities are adding sprawling suburbs and cutting-edge architecture on a day-by-day basis, even as an ever-expanding web of high-speed rail ties the country together. Nevertheless, this apparent modernity is based on a civilization that has remained intact, continually recycling itself, for over four millennia. 


    Indeed, it is the tension and contrasts between change and continuity that make modern China so fascinating. Dominating China’s east coast near the mouth of the Yangzi, Shanghai is the mainland’s most Westernized city, a booming port where the Art Deco monuments of the old European-built Bund – the riverside business centre – rub shoulders with a hyper-modern metropolis, crowned with two of the world’s tallest skyscrapers


    It’s interesting to contrast Shanghai’s cityscape with that of rival business hub Hong Kong’s south coast. With its colonial heritage and refreshingly cosmopolitan outlook, there’s almost nothing Hong Kong cannot offer to an MSC Grand Voyages cruiser in the way of tourist facilities, from fine beaches to great eating and drinking.