Since I am here to work, I am about to live here for a long time before I can go back home from my annual leave. I think I am a very sensitive person, whenever I see something that reminds me of my home, my first and second ones, I just feel happy, and of course nostalgic. Thanks to a huge amount of Taiwanese working in Shenzhen, I can easily find something that is related to my home. Here are things that I really miss: Bubble tea from Shilin night market, rice ball, Taiwanese sandwich and hamburger, drumstick lunch box.
Luckily there are Starbucks coffee and 7-11 convenience store in town. Ironically, they are not local but I just miss them a lot.
People can be even fragile than he can imagine.
ShenZhen is the only place in Guan Dong province that Mandarin is dominant language. That means more emigrants than the local, and I am among one of them. Hunanese and Henanese are the largest two group of emigrants. So if you are here looking for a delicious Cantonese restaurant, you are doomed to be disappointed. Here you can try Hunan dishes, and of course there are very nice ones.
I was lucky that my uncle took me to down town and treated me to a very nice local dish. As we all know Cantonese are the most gluttonous people in China. Find a real one in either Hong Kong or Guanzhou.
We have been too short in Shenzhen to tell you more about the city of Shenzhen. So let's keep to my main experience: LuoHu Shopping Area.
Even if you donot agree with your own greedy mood, just experience the greed of all tourists around. You will be amazed ...
Well, I got amazed, and slowly I entered the funny crossroad of "thinking and doing" ...
Fondest memory: Yes, I started in a nice slow way to fill my suitcase.
And little by little my greed got posessed and I was hid by the greedy wing of the commercial Shenzhen mill ...
And I loved it!!!
Every second I felt good, happy, satisfied ...
And I had laugh over our suitcases ... filled with ... let's say:
It is fun to take photographs and photraphs with all the famous tourist destinations around the world.
Here are some of many that caught my attention:
Eiffel Tower of Paris, Taj Mahal of Agra,
Moscow Red Square, Dutch Windmills
and European Gothic Cathedral
See pictures 1,2,3,4,5.
Reproduction has been a subject of debate when news that Egyptian authorities may take legal actions to impose fees on the replication of Luxor and the temples in Las Vegas.
Of course, this small reproduction of the Pyramid and Sphinx is not close at all to the real thing.
Yet, having a camel to sit on and to take a picture is such a draw to everyone visiting here.
There is also another of Abu Simbel - the four giant statues.
I was rather impressed by the trouble taken to create the tumbling Niagara Falls in this park.
As I have not been to the real Niagara Falls, I can see, hear and even feel the falls. The park also reproduced the Grand Canyon and cover famous sites and natural landscapes of the five continents.
Each location also have their own performances and so check the time schedule to learn more about each.
For the Niagara falls, no description needed. One of my favorites for the efforts put into it.
There are parades and small performances at different locations in the park as well as a major performance to entertain everyone with songs, dance and colorful costumes.
So sit back and enjoy after a long day of walking and photograph taking. Do not missed the shows when you visit the park. Check out the time schedule when you arrive.
Although it does not reflect the real China and more like a Las Vegas style performance, it is a celebration of China's diversity and ethnicity and an entertaining performance for all.
At this cultural park, you can see different Chinese constructed buildings of different climatic, regional and ethnic background.
So do you have to travel all over China but can see all at one place in one day.
It was fun to see different homes built from stones, wood or on stilts as China is a large country with diversity from desert, grassland, cold north, tropical south, jungle hills and lakeside towns.
Here is a suggested route: Exhibition Hall of Serial Bells, Folk-culture Village, Uigur Village, Tibetan Village, Mongolian Tent, Custom Drifting, Korean House, Li Village, Wa Village, Mosuo Village, Dong Village, Miao Village, Central Theatre, Large-scale Horse War, Phoenix Plaza
Chinese acrobratics are fun and thrilling to waste.
One wonders how long it takes to learn to balance that tea cup, touch your forehead with your toes or squeeze through that narrow gap.
Whether it is a high wire balance art or stacking as many bowls as possible on one's head, Chinese acrobats have been entertainng emperors and villagers during festivals for centuries.
So enjoy the show.
Chinese cheongsam and qipao as well as Mao suit are well known enough.
As there are over 50 minorities in China, there are many different ethnic costumes that are displayed and worned by the dancers, performers and cultural ambassodars at each of the cultural village house.
A field day for photography. The good thing is that you do not have to pay to take a photo and everyone enjoy being photographed.
The Nine Dragon Wall (Qiu Long Bi) is a very popular must-take photo spot for local and overseas Chinese tourists.
Dragons are important symbols in Imperial China as well as in the Chinese psyche. It is one of the 12 animals in the Chinese calendars. Many Chinese parents try to have a "dragon" baby - born in the year of the dragon. The next year of Dragon is 2012 AD.
There are many Nine Dragon Walls being built all over China after the first legendary one. The three most famous and surviving walls are 1) Datong, Shanxi said to be built in Liao Dynasty a thousand years ago 2) Beihai Park in Beijing and 3) Ningyong Gate, Imperial Palace, Beijing.
So this is the fourth Nine Dragon Wall in Splendid China, Shenzen. Hard to say which one is truer and better.
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.
If you take a photo angle with carefully planned background view of the "Great Wall", you could make your friends back home think that you were in the Northern China at the Great Wall while you were actually in Southern China, near Hong Kong at Shenzen Splendid China theme park.
Of course, it is easier to digitally transfer your image on a real photo of the Great Wall, yet it is fun to do this the old fashioned way. I tried having many tourist heads, many garden plants and background skyscrappers to deal with.
What is interesting is that the "Great Wall" is used to encircle the park and used as a fencing barrier as dual purpose.
If you have not been to Beijing, it is nice to see the entire Forbidden City laid out in front of you albeit miniaturized in size.
You appreciate the overall design of north south axis with marvellous golden yellow color stylized curving roofs. The size and the number of buildings is impressive as it was the imperial control center of the entire Chinese empire during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Excellent photo opportunity. Even having to Beijing and walking through the buildings and seeing the different thrones, I still find this well built representation of the Forbidden City a nice delight - bring back fond memories.
Favorite thing: One of my fondest memories was walking about 40 minutes from the Shenzhen Sunway Hotel to the town square area of Fuyong. It was a cooling day and I managed to have a good experience of a typical small industrial town in China. In fact, it was actually safer to walk around Fuyong town than in Shenzhen.