A First Impression of the City: Dongguan Exhibition Center

IMG_3239Don’t be confused, the Dongguan Exhibition Center is a museum rather than a giant hall where furniture or car shows are held.

The first-floor exhibit will bring you back all the way to the city’s origins—nearly 5,000 years ago—where the first trace of human activity was later discovered in Nancheng. Traversing history, discover Dongguan’s prime during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911), where several core industries such as Guan grass knitwear, prosperous markets like the Hengli cattle market and key towns like Shilong Town were formed.

After more than a decade of operation, the museum completed its first major upgrade in the second-floor hall on May 18. Here, dive deep into features on economy and urban development that have been modernized to include present-day achievements.

Later, head to the third floor to explore local cultural traditions and features like dragon boating, Hakka culture and a few of Dongguan’s famous residents.

“Give me an hour and I will show you the Dongguan in history, economy, urbanization and culture,” said Huang Huiyan, experienced narrator of the center.

Another guide, Joany Wu, chimed in, “It’s like overlooking Dongguan and it gives you a general idea of the city.” This is definitely a place that city newcomers should visit.

Dongguan Exhibition Center
Opened: 2004
English Subtitles: Yes
Business Hours: 09:00-17:30, Monday closed
Admission: Free
Phone: 769 2283 4016
Address: No.97, Hongfu Rd, Nancheng, Dongguan
Website: http://www.dgec.org.cn/
Public Transportation:
Dian xin ju (电信局) bus stop on lines 14 and 24.
Xing zheng zhongxin xi (行政中心西) bus stop on lines C2, C3, 9, 47, 8, 26, 17.
Metro line 2 Hongfu Road stop Exit A, walk along Hongfu Road about 500 meters on the west.

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