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Dapeng Fortress, Longgang

November 7, 2004

On October 7, 2004, I made my first visit to the Dapeng Fortress.  As described in the book Hakka Enclosed Houses:

Located at Pengcheng village in Dapeng Town, Dapengsuo Besieged City was first built at the 27th year of Hongwu of Min Dynasty (1394). It was "the besieged city for the defense of 1,000 households in Dapeng" set up against the Japanese pirates. It is abbreviated to "Dapengsuo Besieged City." Therefore Shenzhen is also called "Pengcheng." It has experienced the wind and rain for over 600 years and it still is. Inside the city the dwellings built at Ming and Qing Dynasty are still well preserved. Dapengsuo Besieged City is the primary focus for the protection of historical relics in Guangdong Province. Dapengsuo Besieged City Museum was established in 1996.

Note these other Dapeng-related pages on The Temple Guy:

Pictures of my Friends

The Tian Hou Temple of Dapeng Fortress

A small Shrine to Tu Di in Dapeng Fortress

Images of the Men Shen (door guardians) on General Lai Enjue's house and in teh Tian Hou Temple

Map adapted from Da Peng Fortress Museum Brochure

A Main (South) Gate F General Lai Enjue's house
B East Gate G Granaries
C North Gate (site of) H Tian Hou Temple
D West Gate I Safflower Well
E Museum  

Float your cursor over these pictures for a more complete description; click on them to see larger versions.

The Gates

The Main Gate.  Pay entry fee outside before entering East gate exterior.  I was standing near a "wishing tree" outside the gate as I took this picture The West Gate is not as grand as the others
Main (South) (A) East (B) West (from inside) (D)

  House of General Lai Enjue (F)

Most of the house ranges to the right of the courtyard shown This is the shrine as seen through several doorways A close-up of the shrine's altar
Looking through entry Ancestral shrine Altar

Typical Scenes

A typical house Street scene Rooftops seen from East Gate

Outside the Gates

This small shrine stands outside the Main Gate.  Note small incinerator for "Hell Money" at right This tree stands just outside the East Gate.  The brochure calls it "The tree makes the hope become real"
Small shrine Wish-fulfilling tree

Well, Well...Granaries

The most beautiful well in the fortress Our driver and his girl (with umbrella); my two Japanese friends Yuka (r) and Yoko in front When this was an active military post, these buildings were used to store rice for the troops (and in case of siege?)
The Safflower Well (I) Another well Granaries (G)

More information from Shenzhen Window



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