Hengqin cultural, recreational venues set for summer
Cultural and recreational venues China Red Sandalwood Museum, Lionsgate Entertainment World, and National Geographic Ultimate Explorer in Hengqin New Area will soon resume services with strict anti-epidemic measures.
Starting June 19, the China Red Sandalwood Museum Hengqin Branch will be operational from 9 am to 5 pm, Wednesdays to Sundays as well as on statutory holidays that fall on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The current exhibition, Allure of Forbidden City – Palace Museum Imperial Furniture, previously scheduled throughout June 18, will continue to Nov 12. This is the first time for all 96 sets of furniture to be exhibited away from the Beijing Palace Museum and some are making a public debut.
The branch museum, which is done in architectural styles of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties, houses more than 400 exhibits in 12,000-sq-m (3-acre) of floor area. The first floor holds a permanent Exhibition of Red Sandalwood Artwork produced by the China Red Sandalwood Museum, while third-floor exhibits are done in cooperation with domestic and foreign cultural institutions.
Family friendly National Geographic Ultimate Explorer [Photo courtesy Novotown]
Lionsgate Entertainment World, a film-themed immersive entertainment, will open to visitors 11 am to 7 pm daily from June 24 with 50 to 80 percent discounts on catering and retail purchases. All tickets will be at slack season prices. Greater discounts will be given for two-person and family packages.
From June 24 onward, National Geographic Ultimate Explorer will be reopened from 10 am to 6 pm daily with restaurants, retail stores, and 15 interactive recreational facilities for children aged 6-12 with families as well as for young people.
Visitor volume of both Lionsgate Entertainment World and National Geographic Ultimate Explorer will be limited to half of maximum capacity. Domestic medical staff (Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan included) will receive free admission with valid identity cards and occupational certificates until year end in recognition of their contributions to containing the COVID-19 outbreak.
Nearby, the Hyatt Regency Hengqin already reopened June 11. Open hours of Novotown Phase I, which houses two recreational facilities and the hotel, are 10 am to 8 pm daily.