A lot of people who have gone to Hong Kong might have experienced, at one point or another, crossing over to Shenzhen in the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China either via ferry or by riding the train. The reason for this is Shenzhenâ€™s accessibility.Â It is also known to be a great stop for shopping.Â Another bonus is travelers can have another stamp on their passports just by crossing over for a day trip.Â One can make the trip to Shenzhen in the morning and head back late in the afternoon to catch the last train back to Hong Kong.Â This is something that I have done a couple of times in the past and each trip was worth it.Â I go back to Hong Kong with an extra suitcase filled with marvelous shopping finds that I bought for a fraction of the price of what I would have paid for if I bought them in Hong Kong.
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Aside from shopping, travelers also go the extra mile to visit Shenzhen to check out some interesting tourist attractions.Â One popular stop is a theme park called The Window of the World.
The Window of the World is an extraordinary park that is situated in Shenzhenâ€™s Western area.Â It occupies about forty-eight hectares of land.Â Visitors flock to this place to have a glimpse of over a hundred replicas of the most popular tourist attractions, known landmarks, historical sites and scenic spots that the world has to offer.Â Each feature was built within the park following ratios ranging from 1:1, 1:5 or 1:15.Â This is a sweet deal especially for those who can only dream of seeing all these places in his or her lifetime.Â To be able to see all of them in one place can truly be a surreal experience.
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Here is a partial list of the different wonders that you would be able to see during your visit to The Window of the World:
Africa â€“ Africa Safari Park of Kenya, Great Temple of Abu Simbel of Egypt, Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza of Egypt, etc.
Americas â€“ Capitol Building U.S.A., Disneyland U.S.A., Globose of Mexico, Jefferson Memorial U.S.A., Lincoln Memorial U.S.A., Linear Drawings at Nasca of Peru, Mount Corcovado of Brazil, Mount Rushmore U.S.A., Statue of Liberty U.S.A., Statues of Easter Island of Chine, Skyscrapers of Manhattan in New York U.S.A.,Totem Poles of North American Indians, White House U.S.A., etc.
Asia â€“ Angkor Wat of Cambodia, Borobudur Temples of Indonesia, Gyeongbok Palace of South Korea, Itsukushima Shrine of Japan, Kek Lok Si of Malaysia, Merlion of Singapore, Modhera Sacred Well of India, Mount Fuji of Japan, Shwedagon Pagoda of Myanmar, Taj Mahal of India, Temple of the Emerald Buddha of Thailand, etc
Europe â€“ Acropolis of Athens Greece, Arc de Triomphe of France, Buckingham Palace of the United Kingdom, Canals of Venice in Italy, Cathedral of Moscow Russia, Cologne Cathedral of Germany, Colosseum of Italy, Court of the Lions of Spain, Eiffel Tower of France, Holland Landscape in Netherlands, Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, Louve Pyramid of France, Notre Dame Cathedral of France, Palace of Versailles of France, Park Guell of Spain, Spanish Steps of Rome Italy, Stonehenge of the United Kingdom, London Bridge of the United Kingdom, Trevi Fountain of Italy, Westminster Palace of the United Kingdom, etc.
Oceania â€“Dwelling Houses of the Maori Inhabitants of New Zealand, Sydney Opera House of Australia, etc.
While exploring this theme park, visitors can also take part in a number of activities such as archery, trekking, riding the cable car, and skiing at the indoor ski facilities.Â There are restaurants and food stalls that are scattered within the park for hungry and thirsty park goers.
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It is also a fantastic idea to time oneâ€™s visit during festivals that are celebrated within The Window of the World.Â Every year, the park holds a Cherry Festival wherein guests can take a stroll at the cherry garden and enjoy a cup of tea.Â Another festival is the International Beer Festival which is held every summer.Â Christmas is also another great time to visit the park as Santa Claus always makes an appearance.
Try to go and visit The Window of the World Theme park the next time you find yourself either in Hong Kong or Shenzhen.Â You will come to realize that sometimes having small bits and pieces of something can be just as grand.
Operating Hours:Â 9:00 am â€“ 10:00 pm
Entrance Fees:Â CNY 120 (CNY 50 from 8:00 pm onwards; senior visitors ages 65 to 69 can get in for half the price and senior visitors from 70 up can get in for free; children under 1.1 meters can also get in for free)