Shenzhen Minsk World, Guangdong

Situated on the shore of Sha Tau Kok, Shenzhen, Minsk World is somewhat unique, in that it is one of only two theme parks in the world to be based on a real aircraft carrier, the other being in Tianjin. The park is built around the base of Minsk, a second-generation Soviet aircraft carrier, one of the most outstanding in the history of routine aircraft carriers. Minsk was built in 1972 and was first listed as part of the Soviet Union Navy Pacific Fleet in 1978. It was retired after the Cold War and sold to Korea in 1993. In June of 1998, Minsk was purchased by the Minsk Company for the purpose of creating a military-themed tourist attraction. In the past ten years, its development has evolved, taking it from a mere theme park to a center for popular science education as well as national defense education. It is praised for being both a National Popular Science Education Base and a Guangdong Military Popular Science Education Base. Once composed of only the Minsk Aircraft Carrier, the park has expanded. Now, Minsk World is made up of two parts: the Minsk Aircraft Carrier (at sea) and Minsk Square (on land). These sections are connected by a military bridge that is 10 meters (10.9 yards) wide and 90 meters (98.5 yards) long.

Shenzhen Minsk World

Shenzhen Minsk World

The Minsk Aircraft Carrier covers an area of 30,000 square meters (7.4 acres). The well-known Soviet MiG-23 aircraft-fighter and Mi-24 military helicopters are on display on the first deck, while on the second deck, the crew’s living area has been rebuilt to give visitors a glimpse of the conditions of naval life. There are also exhibitions on space flight, sailing and aviation, and visitors can take part in activities, such as mimic warfare, that allow them to experience the excitement of operating hi-tech military weapons. Russian traditional performances and martial performances of the honor guard round out the list of attractions available on the ship.

Back on land, Minsk Square also offers a variety of entertainment for visitors, from historical re-enactments to shopping and dining. The Square encompasses 80, 0000 square kilometers (19.8 acres) and is divided into three sections: the Back Square, the Front Square and the Aircraft Carrier Center. When entering the Front Square, visitors are greeted by the sight of the guard of honor, flanked by sentries on both sides. This Square features a sculpture called ‘Turn Swords into Ploughs’ which calls for deep thought about the hard-earned peace. While the Back Square emphasizes military entertainment, featuring a soul stirring naval battle simulation that is not to be missed. The tank position and air base are also located there. The third section of Minsk Square is the Aircraft Carrier Center, a multi-functional building with a distinctive architectural style. Here, guests can do some shopping and have a relaxing dinner to complete their visit.

An important tourist attraction on ‘Golden Beach’, Minsk World combines a stunning landscape and a distinctly military atmosphere. While this may seem like an odd juxtaposition, it provides a strangely enjoyable opportunity to explore military life and history. Together with Sea World, Dameisha Beach Park and Xiaomeisha Resort, Minsk World is an integral component of the beautiful scenery of the eastern beach of Shenzhen City.

Shenzhen Minsk World

Shenzhen Minsk World

Shenzhen Minsk World

Shenzhen Minsk World

Shenzhen Minsk World

Shenzhen Minsk World

Admission Fee CNY110 (for adult)
CNY55 (for child between 110cm-140cm)
Free (for child under 110cm)
Hours of Operation 9:00-19:30
Bus Route 103, 202, 205, 430

Minsk World (Mingsike Hangmu Shijie) [ST] [kds] — Throughout mainland China there’s a slightly chilling admiration for military power and for weaponry both high- and low-tech. Much of the admiration for the West (when admitted) is for its ownership of the kinds of munitions that, if our own generals are to be believed, double-check the address, knock politely, and ask for ID before deciding whether or not to explode. The Russian aircraft carrier Minsk, launched in 1978 and once the flagship of the Soviet Union’s Pacific Fleet, is of a more clockwork era, with not a microchip in sight, but its sheer scale and power are still impressive, as is the relentless marketing to which visitors are subjected from the moment they pass the monument to peace at the entrance, a-flutter with doves, to enter what is a large-scale celebration of the weapons of war.

The ticket office is in a vaguely St. Petersburgian fake palace, behind which are a shooting range where you can fire tennis balls at assorted objects, stalls selling animated military dolls, a row of MIG fighter planes, a tank or two, an inflatable Russian bear presiding over a number of centrifugal rides, and a Soyuz space capsule (the genuine article).

The carrier itself has been substantially refitted, with stirring Russian military music playing through a PA system. Your visit commences with a compulsory 10-minute cinema show on the history of aircraft carriers, into which you are ushered by pretty young women in naval uniforms. Next, you’ll follow a clearly marked route through the torpedo hall, bridge, deck, anchor room, missile elevators, and just about every other corner, with informative signage in good English. At every turn there’s a souvenir stall (¥15/$1.90/£1 for a postcard!), or a stall selling obsolete military equipment, or another stall selling radio-controlled toys. The deck has occasional reenactments of Russian military parades; the officers’ mess is a restaurant serving black bread and imitations of Russian food; and the main aircraft hanger is a disco with neon signs shaped like weaponry, flight-simulator rides, and a stall selling popcorn. If you survive all this, then for ¥30 ($3.90/£1.95) you can be whizzed around the ship at water level in a small motorboat.

Location: Shatoujiao
City :Shenzhen
Price: Adults ¥110 ($14/£7.20), children ¥55 ($7.20/£3.60)

Situated on the shore of Sha Tou Jao, Shenzhen, Minsk World is somewhat unique, in that it is one of only two theme parks in the world to be based on a real aircraft carrier, the other being in Tianjin. The park is built around the base of Minsk, a second-generation Soviet aircraft carrier, one of the most outstanding in the history of routine aircraft carriers. Minsk was built in 1972 and was first listed as part of the Soviet Union Navy Pacific Fleet in 1978. It was retired after the Cold War and sold to Korea in 1993. In June of 1998, Minsk was purchased by the Minsk Company for the purpose of creating a military-themed tourist attraction. In the past ten years, its development has evolved, taking it from a mere theme park to a center for popular science education as well as national defense education. It is praised for being both a National Popular Science Education Base and a Guangdong Military Popular Science Education Base. Once composed of only the Minsk Aircraft Carrier, the park has expanded. Now, Minsk World is made up of two parts: the Minsk Aircraft Carrier (at sea) and Minsk Square (on land). These sections are connected by a military bridge that is 10 meters (10.9 yards) wide and 90 meters (98.5 yards) long.
An important tourist attraction on ‘Golden Beach’, Minsk World combines a stunning landscape and a distinctly military atmosphere. While this may seem like an odd juxtaposition, it provides a strangely enjoyable opportunity to explore military life and history. Together with Sea World, Dameisha Beach Park and Xiaomeisha Resort, Minsk World is an integral component of the beautiful scenery of the eastern beach of Shenzhen City.

Transportation:
By Bus: 68、103K、202、205、238、242、308、358、360、308

Business as usual at sunk Minsk World

March 02, 2005

Minsk World, a popular Shenzhen theme park built around a decommissioned Soviet-era aircraft carrier, has been ordered into bankruptcy, but staff at the park said Tuesday it was business as usual despite the court order.

The park ran into trouble last year after the financial shipwreck of its parent company, D’Long International Strategic Investment, which since August has been under the trusteeship of China Huarong Asset Management.

Minsk World had guaranteed 476.9 million yuan (HK$449.6 million) of loans to its parent, mostly from China Construction Bank, Shenzhen Development Bank and Citic Industrial Bank, according to Xinhua.

Shenzhen municipal intermediate court Monday set up a liquidation group to take over the theme park established by D’Long International Strategic Investment in December 1998.

The investment arm of D’Long Group owned 89.9 percent of Minsk World after injecting 249.2 million yuan into the park.

Since it opened in September 2000, the park has attracted more than five million visitors and generated 450 million yuan in revenue. It was said to be profitable.

D’Long Group, once one of the mainland’s largest private companies, is controlled by brothers Tang Wanli and Tang Wanxin, whose fortune was estimated in 2003 by China Money magazine at US$250 million (HK$1.95 billion).

Another brother, Tang Wanping, owned 10.1 percent of Minsk World. Based in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, D’Long had assets in financial services and tourism, among other things.

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