CITIC Minsk World is a military theme park located in Dapeng Bay, Shatoujiao, Shenzhen, China. The first military theme park taking aircraft carrier as body in China and even in Asia. It was built with the retired aircraft carrier of the former Soviet Union-Minsk and becomes the pioneer in the tourism with unique aircraft carrier and unique and rich military cultures. CITIC Minsk World, with the theme idea of "Experience aircraft carrier, approach to the sea and happy military port", will create a brand-new military theme Eden where you can experience much you have never experienced.
It includes the huge former Soviet (later Russian) aircraft carrier Minsk, redesigned as a tourist attraction. The theme park opened on May 10, 2000. As of 2005, it had attracted more than five million visitors and generated 450 million yuan in revenue.
The aircraft carrier Minsk was part of the Soviet Pacific Fleet. It had to be retired as a result of a major accident which could only be repaired at Chernomorksi's facility, located in the newly-independent Ukraine. In 1995 it was sold to a South Korean businessman, and later resold to Shenzhen Minsk Aircraft Carrier Industry Co. Ltd., a Chinese company. Until 2006, when the company went bankrupt, Minsk was the centerpiece of a military theme park in Shatoujiao district, Shenzhen called Minsk World. The aircraft carrier was put up for auction on 22 March 2006. No bids at the starting price of 128 million RMB (approx. 16 million U.S. dollars) were received, so the carrier was withdrawn from sale.
On 31 May 2006, the Soviet aircraft carrier was finally auctioned off in Shenzhen for 128 million RMB to CITIC Shenzhen, the current operator. It is currently named CITIC Minsk World.
In addition to the island, four of the carrier's decks including the flight deck and hangar deck can be visited. Various aspects of the Minsk, such its living quarters and armament, are set up as exhibits. The staff is dressed in mock military uniforms, while regular choreographed musical performances are held on the flight and hangar decks. It is also possible to take a quick ride around the starboard side of the Minsk via motorboat.
Exhibits onshore include various People's Liberation Army Ground Force equipment.