Travelling China in one day? Go through China Great wall, visiting Potala palace up to Summer paIace. Is it possible ? How come ? Considering China is a very huge country with many interesting place can be visited. Many place in China require a several hours just to explore one place for example like Summer palace or forbidden city. Of course for finish exploring China is one day, there is a hint. The secret for this is Splendid China & Chinese folk culture village which can be found in Shenzhen, a mainland China that have border with Hong Kong area.
How to Get There ?
There is international airport serving Shenzhen Bao’an international airport. You can also visit Shenzhen via Hong Kong international airport. From Hong Kong international airport, you can take efficient Hong Kong Metro to Lowu station. From Hong Kong Lowu station, then you just walk to the immigration of Hong Kong then continue with immigration of China mainland. From there, you can take the Shenzhen Metro from Luohu station. Basically, Lowu/ Luohu located in the same area. Lowu is the name of station on Hong Kong part for its Metro, meanwhile, the Luohu is the name of the area for China mainland part include the name of its metro station. The metro station in Hong Kong Lowu and China Luohu is not directly connected. As mentioned above, you will need to have some walk to go through the immigration.
Shenzhen itself is popular as weekend/ short holiday getaway for Hong Kong people especially for China made goods, its cheap restaurants/ food as well for massage as prices in Shenzhen is much cheaper compared to Hong Kong. Meanwhile, Hong Kong especially area nearby Lowu station is also famous for mainland China people to purchase some daily need especially for daily products, like : infant/ children formulated milk, yogurt products, etc as people there do not believe on the quality of the dairy products produced there especially after the food scandal incident happened before include melanin tained milk product.
Every day, especially on the weekend, you will find huge number of people crossing from both borders. Hence, if you go to Hong Kong via Shenzhen or visit Shenzhen via Hong Kong, please allocate some time for immigration clearance.
For visiting splendid china & Chinese folk culture village, you can take the Luo Bao Line (Green line) from Luohu station and stop at Hua Qiao Cheng/ OCT – Overseas Chinese Town station exit D. Just walk straight, and you can find the area on your right side. The location of splendid China & Chinese folk culture village is also nearby the Window of the World, where for this, you can stop one stop after Hua Qiao Cheng, which is Shi Jie Zhi Chuang/ Window of the world (世界之窗) station.
The entrance fee for the Splendid China & Chinese folk culture village is 120 RMB. You need to allocate minimum half day should you want to explore all including some shows , please check on the timing of the show.
The area of splendid China & Chinese folk culture village actually consist of two area, one is the area of miniature of famous places in China and the second area consist of 56 houses represents tribes of China including minorities tribes. During my visit, I only manage to visit the miniature area only.
At the entrance, I am greeted by this big cute Ox with the lady and fairy greeting all the visitors and also dragon statues. Afterward, you have walk through the stairs going down. When you visit there, don’t forget to take the map with timetables for the show of the day. Some of the shows are free, but for some, you have to pay extra on top of your entrance fee.
Not long time from the time I enter the park, there is show on the public area showing people walking with wodden leg and do the performance.
Afterward based on the map given, I am excited to visit the Tibetan area first. Tibet has become place that I would like to visit one day with its interesting culture and tradition.
Visiting the Tibetan area in the park remind me on my travel before to Jiuzhaiguo where there are also Tibetan buildings/ houses and also the cultural show I had during my trip before. During that afternoon, there are some staffs of the park dressed in Tibetan style practising dance together with one visitor lady who is enthusiast to follow the dance. The staff is practising for the dance of one of the show of that day.
While some of the places I have visited or might hear or read about it before like Summer palace in Beijing, there are still many places which I never visit or hear about it before as well.
You have the option of walking by yourself on foot to explore this 300,000 square meters park, or can join the touring car or train going around the area. You can start exploring the area from 9 AM up to 9 PM.
In case you are hungry inside, don’t worry. There are food stalls inside to fulfil your stomach from snacks like kebab sticks up to heavy meal as well. The prices are certainly more expensive compared to outside food but it’s still in affordable range.
The highlight of this park is its night show. At the weekend, for the night show, you have to pay extra to enjoy this wonderful show. However since I visit the park on the weekday, when there are very few people visit this park, entrance to this night show is free for economy seat. You just change your entrance ticket to the show ticket at the ticket box outside the show area. If you want to have better seat, you will need to top up on top of exchanging your ticket.
On my surprise, at the beginning of the show, there is moving stones speaking to the audience. For the show, there is announcement/ information in English as well, helps a lot for people who don’t understand mandarin.
The first dance is fire dance of Yunnan minority tribe of China with laser rays.
There are also some acrobats performance included in the show for entertaining the visitors. Colourful/ changing themed of the staged and performance of people in traditional Chinese suit with wonderful lighting and laser rays complement each other making this show become more interesting.
Some of design of the stage really amaze the visitor, like the performance of lady standing on the moon and dance. The way it’s being designed make the moon having 3D experience.
As dragon has become one of the most important symbol in China tradition as well on the kingdom of China dynasty, there is also dragon dance similar the one normally you find during Chinese New Year celebration.
Wooden foot people shown on the afternoon show also have their performance in the night show as well together with other shows.
The climax of the night show is when the steel dragon vehicle being put into the stages with its firework followed by some days afterward include spectacular flying and dance in the air like the one normally show in Chinese martial art show on TV.
During my visit at that day, the park have special event to celebrate the Hallowen where many lights of the parks are being shut down with horror music being played and scarry ghosts roaming around the park.
As I am already tired, I got back to my hotel in Luo Hu for rest to catch up the metro on the next day to Hong Kong. We will continue our journey to Hong Kong on next post. Join our facebook page, hence you won’t miss the update of Feastntravel as well some exclusive videos and pictures posted waiting for you.