|Pack of cigarettes||$2.89|
|One-way ticket (local transport)||$0.32|
|Cinema, international release, 1 seat||$13.65|
|1 Summer dress in a chain store||$53.88|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre||$1 492.91|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre||$494.53|
|Monthly Pass (local transport)||$26.10|
|Combo meal at McDonalds||$4.82|
Knowing that Shenzhen is one of China’s richest cities, you will probably think that it being once a small fishing village many years before was a joke. But no, it is not. About half a decade ago, Shenzhen hubs a simple farming and fishing community, along the borders to Hong Kong. Today, however, it already earned the distinction of being China’s SEZs or Special Economic Zones, the first on the list, in fact. Its population grew along its economy in boom. The few hundred thousand residents fifty years ago ballooned to about 14 million today.
Aside from the traces of industrialization, lives on the fast lane, and urbanization, Shenzhen is beauty. That’s why it attracts a constant number of tourists on a yearly basis. Among the key attractions in the city are the following:
Window of the World – You may have seen many amusement parks in your lifetime but you have not seen anything like it before. Window of the World is your “window to the world”. It features replicas of the world’s famous and picturesque landmarks. There are replicas of the Pyramid of Egypt, the Eiffel Tower of Paris, and the Taj mahal of India. You can travel the world in a day and be able to do a lot of other things as well by visiting this wonderful place.
Splendid China – This is “Window of the World” going local. It’s as if Shenzhen is the home of replicas. This time with Splendid China, you will see mini-me reproductions of the Great Wall, the Huangshan Mountains, the Forbidden City, the Tibet Potala Palace, and the Terracotta Warriors among others. Another must-see in this attraction is the display of all 56 nationalities in China as portrayed on 56 different houses, complete with cultural shows.
Shenzhen being a rich city does not have to mean it is also an expensive destination. There are free attractions that you may take advantage of for your heart’s content. The Shenzhen Museum, the Xianhu Botanical Garden, and the Xichong Beach are just some of the places you can enter and enjoy for free.