Shenzhen will speed up the construction of 10 new cultural facilities, a recent government meeting heard.
The 10 new cultural facilities include Shenzhen Opera House, Shenzhen Hall of National Museum of China, Shenzhen Science and Technology Museum, Shenzhen Oceanic Museum, Shenzhen Nature Museum, New Hall of Shenzhen Art Museum and Shenzhen Activity Center for Juveniles.
Among them, the planning of Shenzhen Opera House, New Hall of Shenzhen Art Gallery and Shenzhen Hall of National Museum of China has been initiated. The locations and designs for the other cultural facilities haven’t been finalized yet.
Besides major cultural facilities, the city will endeavor to improve culture-themed neighborhoods, such as the historic sites of Dapeng Fortress, Nantou Ancient Town and Dawan Ancestral Residence, as well as Dafen Oil Painting Village, Bantian Print Base, Dalang Fashion Town, Sea World, OCT-LOFT and Huaqiangbei Science, Fashion and Culture Neighborhood.
The construction and planning of the projects will be initiated in the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020).
Historically, Shenzhen has undergone two massive rounds of building cultural facilities, once in the 1980s and again in the new millennium.
In the 1980s, eight landmark cultural facilities, including Shenzhen Museum, Shenzhen Library and Shenzhen Grand Theater, were built, and since 2000, five major projects in Futian CBD, including Shenzhen Music Hall, Shenzhen Library (New Library) and Shenzhen Book City, have been built. Some sports facilities, such as Universiade Sports Center in Longgang and Shenzhen Bay Sports Center, were built for the 2011 Summer Universiade.
However, compared to other first-tier cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, Shenzhen still lags behind in cultural facilities.
Beijing and Shanghai have 179 and 125 museums, respectively, while the number in Shenzhen is only 47, 14 fewer than in Guangzhou. As for performance venues, Shenzhen has 11, a quarter of the number in Beijing and Shanghai.