The Left Fort in Chiwan, Shenzhen was a an important defensive facility above the Pearl River Delta during the Qing Dynasty. The small refurbished remains of the fort are located on then Left Fort Road loop among the ficus trees and other flora that have overgrown the Ying Zui Mountain.
Next to the fort is a statue of Lin Zexu, a scholar and official during the Qing Dynasty. Viceroy Lin was responsible for halting the importation into China of opium by British merchants. His actions infuriated the merchants and eventually led to the Opium Wars. Viceroy Lin is remembered in China for his virtuous leadership.
Chiwan was and still is an important port on the eastern edge of the Pearl River Delta. The Left Fort is located near two other historically significant sites in Chiwan, the Tian Hou temple and the tomb of the last emperor of the Southern Song Dynasty. All three sites may be visited in less than three hours.