West Lake @ Splendid China
Trying to imitating the famous West Lak (Xi Hu) is not just a large pond.
Carefully added are the traditional white walls and grey roofs of water village towns and stoned bridges over canals that dotted all over this beautiful part of China quoted by many famous Chinese historical literati and poets.
I would give a thumbs up for Splendid China in creating the West Lake atmosphere and the Hangzhou and Suzhou culture even with carefull selected bonzai trees.
toys toys toys
This store has an impressive collection of toys from Barbie dolls to Disney character stuffed toys. So if you're looking for gifts for children, this is one place I recommend you check out. Let the kid in you decide. Toys range from really cheap RMB50 up.
There is an interesting restaurant in Shenzhen which has a Mao Zedong theme, however I cannot remember its name and location (it is located along a street with many neighbouring restuarants). It serves various Chinese dishes and the price is reasonable, though the food is not really that good.
Splendid China (Part 1)
Splendid China is an attraction at the Overseas Chinese Town, Shenzhen that has scaled down replicas of China's historical buildings, wonderful scenes and folk customs. The scale models are in the main in a ratio of 1:15 and the exhibits are positioned to replicate their geographical locations.
Here you can see replicas of many of the most famous Chinese buildings and landmarks and a great deal of attention has been paid to detail so as to ensure the miniatures truly represent their originals. This has entailed making full use of the services of architectural specialists and landscape experts who are actively engaged with research and conservation at the actual sites that have been replicated here. The exhibits are surrounded by pleasant gardens with many flowers and trees. Consequently walking in Splendid China can be very relaxing. Apart from the miniature buildings and scenic spots, one may see over 50,000 ceramic figures in the different locations. Splendid China is divided into two parts, a Scenic Spot Area and a Comprehensive Service Area.
Please go to part 2 of this tip for more information and photographs.
Shopping paradise on earth
"More than "windows of the world""
Shenzhen is more than a few tourist attractions...Probably one of the most modern, interesting and beautiful cities in South China.
People talks about an increasing rate of pickpockers here:Years ago, hundred of miles emigrate to Shenzhen, called by the mermaid chants of a new SEZ : actually, there´s no work enought for all of them.
"Easy to visit from Hong Kong"
From Hong Kong Airport, you can take a bus to your hotel in Shenzhen (they put on your sleve an adhesive with your hotel´s name in Chinese)..it stops at the Custom after a 45 min. ride ( where you can formalize your 5 days visa for about 10 usd) and waits for you on the Chinese border´s side...Probably, after the Custom; a smaller vehicle (van) waits to pick up you to the hotel.
Not many locals speaks english...Most restaurants have only a Chinese card...be careful! Cantoneese meals are so variated and you want to know what´s you´re eating ( more or less ) : snakes, turtles, fish who seems meat ( and viceversa ) are waiting for your finger election, hidden on the Chinese card ( with no photos, of course! )of the restaurant.