Sunday, August 3, 2014

Roaming Around Shenzhen, China

Shenzhen is located in the southern portion of the Guangdong Province, on the eastern shore of the Pearl River Delta. Neighboring the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong, Shenzhen's location gives it a geographical advantage for economic development. In 1980, the first Special Economic Zone of China was built in this city. From then on, the city become a highlight of China, one known for its rapid economic growth.

Welcome to the Window of the World! Our trip took an hour from HongKong to Shenzhen via train just to see this wonderful place. Window of the World is a 'fantastic replica' park. You can see vivid replicas of the world's wonders, historical heritages, and famous scenic sites here.

You can see the Mahamuni Pagoda of Mandalay and the Angkor Wat of Cambodia in the Window of the World. European architectural splendors, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Ancient Athens, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Tower of London will carry you back to the cradle of classical European culture. When you tour the miniature Roman Colosseum, you might notice a cruel and bloody scene. Enjoy the picturesque scenery as you take a gondola along the canals of Venice. Mysterious Africa is always full of life and vigor. Here, the Pyramids and the Sphinx are quietly waiting for your visit. After traveling through typical African hamlets, you come to the Oceania. Sydney Opera House, which boasts a unique style, is a landmark not only of Australia but also the whole Oceania. Looking from a distance, it looks like a luminous pearl on the vast expanse of blue sea water. The rumbles of Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon lead you to the America, a young continent. These two natural wonders are awe-inspiring. Moving on to modern civilization, in the replica of Manhattan you will see rows of towering skyscrapers. No wonder they say the rhythm of life speeds up here.

We took our lunch here. 

After out tour around the Window of the World, we went to this place (Sorry I forgot how Chinese people called this place). This is like the center of Shenzhen. You can buy stuff here in a very reasonable price.

There are many other things that you can do when you go here. We only stayed here for one night so we don't have so much time to visit other famous tourist spots.

Here are some of the places that you can do in Shenzen:
1. Go to Happy Valley
Happy Valley offers amusement for all ages including roller coasters, a massive water park and a variety of live performances. Try to go on a weekday to avoid long lineups for rides.

 2. China Folk Culture Village
This worthwhile attraction is part of Overseas Chinese Village (better known as OCT) and showcases the myriad minority ethnic cultures that make this vast country much less homogenous than imagined. It also serves as a great introduction to the history and traditions of China.

3. Shenzhen Mangrove Nature Reserve
This reserve offers a great antidote to the hustle and bustle of Shenzhen (not to mention the city's many theme parks). Rent a bike or do some bird watching or just spend time on the boardwalk admiring the vistas of the city. It is the only nature reserve in an urban center in all of China.
4.  Shenzhen Museum
This is one of Shenzhen’s gems and is not to be missed. There are traveling exhibits from across the country, fascinating historical displays, and interactive media presentations about both China’s and Shenzhen’s history.

Source: Things to do in Shenzhen

 TAKE NOTE: You cannot access any social networking sites like FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  I was able to use Skype and Yahoo mail though. :)

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