About 55 kilometers from the city center in Dapeng New District is Dapeng Fortress, which is one of the city’s top eight scenic spots.
Sprawling 110,000 square meters on the shoreline of the district, the fortress is the most complete military fortress of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) in Southeast China.
It was built in 1394 by a general called Zhang Bin to resist Japanese pirates.
The best preserved area is the 2,500-square-meter mansion of General Lai Enjue, who led Chinese troops in fishing boats to defeat the better-equipped British troops in the waters off Kowloon, Hong Kong, in 1839.
Other must-see spots in the fortress include the barns and the Tianhou Temple.
The fortress has a very important meaning to Shenzhen in that the city is named after it — the nickname of Shenzhen is “Pengcheng,” (the City of Peng), which refers to the mythological “roc” bird in Chinese.
Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Add: Pengfei Road, Dapeng Subdistrict Office, Dapeng New District, Shenzhen（深圳市大鹏新区大鹏办事处鹏飞路）
Transport: Take bus B756, M471, or E11 to Dapeng Fortress Station (大鹏所城站)