Saturday, July 28, 2012

Shenzhen- Window of the World

We took a single day trip to Shenzhen, China, as part of our Hong Kong trip. Our complete itinerary is available at our  Hong Kong, Macau, and Shenzhen post. In Shenzhen, we visited Window of the World, which is a well-known theme park in the city.

We took MTR from Hong Kong to Luohu Station. The station is connected to Luobao MTR line, which brought us straight to the entrance of Window of the World. The whole journey took us around 2 hours (35 minutes from Tsim Sha Tsui East to LuoHu Station, 25 minutes to clear all the immigration procedures, 35 minutes from LuoHu to Window of the World Station, plus queuing, waiting etc.). The MRT ticket at Shenzhen could only be bought from the auto ticketing machine. We found that Renminbi that we brought exceeded the highest limit that the machine could accept. Luckily, we found the exchange counter, offering free service to change for smaller value note and coins. The information about Luobao line is available on this page.

The entrance fee for Window of the World is Renminbi 140 per adult (around RM 73 or USD 23). Cheaper compared to the Ocean Park and Disneyland in Hong Kong. It opens from 9 am to 11:30 pm daily. The theme park is divided into several areas, namely The World Square, The Area of Asia, The Area of Oceanic, The Area of Europe, The Area of Africa, The Area of America, The Sculpture Park, and The International Street. Among all the areas, we like The Area of Asia and the Area of Europe the most.

Luohu Immigration buiding.

This is the scene outside of the immigration building.

It was a rainy day. The rain fell once in a while for the whole day. Luckily, we brought an umbrella with us. This photo shows the entrance of Window of the World within the arch on the left, while the arch on the right is the exit.

This photo was taken at the exit of the park, right after the arch. The pyramid structure resembles Louvre Museum in Paris is the access point to the MTR station.

The entrance lead to a big open air theatre. The theatre is surrounded by structures and relief walls that represent the civilization of the world. Behind us, Egypt. Further behind, prominent Eiffel Tower that we could see it within the theme park.

This blue gate is big. It is located on the right side of the stage.

From the theatre, we turned left and entered The Area of Asia, where some replicas of the buildings from Japan were located, as shown in the photos. We found Borobudur and Angkor Wat as well. Anyway, they are much more less significant than the real structures. You might like to read our sharing about real Borobudur and Angkor Wat.

We watch 4D movie here underneath Fujiyama. The movie is free. It is the one and the only one free entertainment service in the park. So, please make sure that you don't miss it. It is located opposite of the Itsukushima Shrine.

Taj Mahal, India!

The next area we entered was The Area of Oceanic, where we saw Sydney Opera House.

Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen, looking at the St. Mark's Square in Venice? This scene is solely available at The Area of Europe in this theme park.

Alcazar Castle in Spain.

In The Area of Africa, we saw this.

Niagara Falls, at The Area of America.

Is this place looks like Grand Canyon of Colorado? Well, this is the "extreme-scaled-down" version.

There are more than 80 different sculptures replicas of the attractions or iconic buildings around the world. We can't name them one by one.

We took more than 2 hours to walk around the theme park. Many of the replicas looked good and real, while some of them were not. Sign of lack of maintenance was obvious in some of the area of the park as well. Overall, the theme park made us felt like we were in a small world, with all the building, structures and sceneries around us were small. It is a place that worth a visit.

Shenzhen and Hong Kong shared a same weather during our visit. Hot, humid, and rain for a short while either in the morning, or in the afternoon. The rain could not help much in cooling down. We sweat thorough the whole trip (however, not so bad if compared to our trip to Hong Kong Disneyland). So, our advice, bring enough drinks, extra clothes if you are the type that sweat easily, and comfortable footwear. The park didn't prepare many shelters and one might get soaked in case of raining. So, bringing an umbrella might help to keep a happy journey. By the way, we found that the food offered in the park had very limited choice. A pack of snack or sandwich from outside might help to satisfy our empty stomach. We found that the eatery on the left to before the entrance served good soy milk with you tiao, sold with reasonable price.

We found some information at the official website of Window of the World. However, the information provided by Chinahighlight is more useful.



6 comments:

  1. Hi, where did u get visa for shenzhen day tour? Thanks!

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    1. We got our visa to China from the China Embassy in Malaysia, through a travel agent in our town. The travel agent charged us about RM80 per visa.

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  2. Hi betty and Ling shing
    Is it a must to take a visa to visit shenzhen and we will be in Hong Kong for 6D5N..do we need to take a visa also..need your guidance.

    Eldy

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    1. It depends on where do you come from. If you are a Malaysian, visa is not required to visit Hong Kong for six days. However, if you wish to visit shenzhen, then you need to get the visa. We would recommend that you get your visa ready from China Embassy before your departure. Let us know if you need more information.

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  3. hi betty and ling shing...
    any other nice place to visit at shen zhen? im a malysian and i wish to add in shenzhen for my hong kong trip,so i still have to get visa from china embassy for that? the visa to shenzhen is the same as other places of china right? tq

    Li

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    1. Dear Li, good day! Yes, you need to get the visa from China Embassy, even we enter China from Hong Kong (we don't need visa for HK). It is the same visa as other places of China. During our visit, we had only spent one day at Shenzhen, thus only focus on one tourist spot there. You might wish to find more information about Shenzhen online. We heard that it is a shopping heaven, but we didn't have time for shopping during our last visit.

      Have a nice trip.

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