Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Shenzhen theme park that's worth exploring: Window of the World


[Trip from April 2010]

We were strictly told that if we didn’t make it by 9 AM in the HKG-SZX border, our tour will leave us. And us three being the real deal early birds, we got there with an hour to spare. But much to our expectations, the tour guide was there but a few of the people who booked the same tour, were super duper late! And we thought they were going to leave those who weren’t there on time. So much for that.

Apart from our not-so-good experience at PEYA Travel Agency (they were all Filipino’s and yet they were not as hospitable to us, knowing that we were all of the same nationality), the local Chinese tour guide that they assigned to us was not much of a guide.

Anyway, so we left the border at around 10:30. We were also warned that since we were all sharing one group visa, it should be our responsibility to secure our passports, as it will be our pass back to HKG. Should someone misplace there’s or should it be stolen in SZX, all of us in the tour will be forced to stay in SZX. That was the scary part of sharing the visa with 10 or so other people.

Besides that, that morning became a real bummer for us three. Since the guide could only talk to us across the immigration cubicle (it was somewhat a border), we were left to man the whole thing inside HKG. We had no choice but to lead the group, wait for the 4 late people, do the final head count, and check names on the tour list. We paid for the tour yet we had to work that morning just so we can get things going. So much for that! And PEYA had no representative so we were left to do the work. 

Apart from that, the morning trip was also disappointing, as the guide didn’t follow any schedules. She only brought us to a few small, boring factories that sold us their products, non-stop! There weren’t even any history-sharing on those stop-over’s.  And if you show no interest with their products, they would start talking in their language, and make little annoying facial expressions when you start to walk away from them. So much for that. It was a bit sad on our part since we had to encounter that from them. Now if it weren’t for the WINDOW OF THE WORLD tour, our stay in SZX would’ve been a waste of our hard-earned money.

Anyway, here’s a sample of our itinerary that day..

DAY 4 (in SHENZHEN)
6 AM -              Breakfast at Hotel
                          *Breakfast and Budget @ MCDO breakfast Promo  HK$15
6:30-8AM         Board the MTR to LO WU (HK)/Luohu (Shenzhen border)
                          *MTR from Yau Ma Tei to Kowloon Tong interchange, then straight to Lo Wu MTR HK$ 38.50 + 35 -> 2nd class (two-way already)
8:30 AM -         SHENZHEN ARRIVAL
9-10 AM -         VISA/IMMIGRATION/CUSTOMS Processing c/o Travel Agency
                         *If we didn’t book a group tour, we would need to pay the Shenzhen Visa Fee (1-2 days
                         processing) of HK$ 100
10:30-1 PM -    CITY TOUR
                          *Jade and Pearl Market Tour + Chinese delicacies shop + Lousy lunch (there weren’t  even free drinks – we even had to pay $20 HKD for a can of Pepsi!)
1:30-3:30         WOW Tour
4-6 PM -           Lo Wu Shopping Center
6:30-7 PM -      Back to HK immigration
7-8 PM -           Lo Wu to TST MTR station
8:30 PM -          Victoria Harbour – Symphony of Lights show
9:30–11 PM -    Arglye Shopping/Bonjour
                          *MTR from TST to Mongkok -  HK$ 5.50
                          *Dinner at Arglye Center -  HK$ 35 (baked porkchops + coke)
1 AM -              HOTEL ARRIVAL




  

  











           













Window of the World was phenomenal. We could only hope that we spent more time there, rather than waste it with rude people. So when the tour ended, and when we finally crossed the border, we all felt a big sigh of relief. After that, we vowed never to come back there again. If it weren’t for W.O.W., it would’ve been an epic fail!

At some specialty shop in Shenzhen


A buffet lunch that was not even a buffet!


Window of the World Tour!


Back in Hong Kong, in time for the symphony of lights!


Being in SZX was so-so.. but we were still grateful that we still got to experience the place.. and have come back to HKG in one piece! But I think the very highlight of that day would be to see the Symphony of Lights at the Victoria Harbour. It was truly spectacular, and it made up for SZX!

Explore & Be Free!
Mai

25 comments:

  1. I was suppose to drop by Shenzen on one of my Hong Kong trip but there was a recent new at that time that there was a bus which was robbed so decided not to pursue the trip but glad to see photos of W.O.W.

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  2. I'd love to visit this place, soon. Hopefully this year. I'm cooking up an out of the country vacay with my hubby on our 2nd anniversary. Haha! Wish me luck!

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  3. oww.. you got hungry... ehe.. well every travel is an opportunity to learn anyway

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  4. Wow it's like visiting Global village! Hope to visit this place too very soon! ;) I love all the pictures.

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  5. Window of the World reminded me of Nayong Pilipino before. Haha. Good thing you were able to safely get back to HKG in time for the spectacular lights show.:)

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  6. this place is wonderful. i have been here and i whole day is not enough to roam around the park!

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  7. Very awesome places. kakainggit ka naman Mai, dami mo ng napuntahang lugar

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  8. oh my, i'm sorry to hear that you had to worry because of the tour and the people in the agency wasn't as hospitable. charge to experience nalang talaga.
    pero it's nice to know you enjoyed hong kong.

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  9. So Filipino time is not only popular in the Philippines,lol. And believe me ,even here in the US of A, they don't follow the time too(most of the time). You enjoyed trip though.

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  10. window of the world is it similar to It's a small world  in disneyland parks?  mmm.. never been to it though hehe.. love your photos!!! wanna travel too!!!

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  11. You know Mai... my husband and I were not able to travel together during our BF-GF stage.
    I'm happy to see you both having unforgettable moments.  I wish you both happiness always and be together for keeps. :)

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  12. at least all is well in the end but be cautious in travel agency next time

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  13. waaaah! That was scary! Thank God we were able to leave Shenzhen in one piece. :) But I do hope you still get to visit the famous Window of the World soon. :)

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  14. Visit HongKong na sis! Malapit lang.. cool weather.. affordable shopping everywhere! :)

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  15. You're so right, Vonn. :)

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  16. I know, right? I actually remembered your post about the Global Village! :)

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  17. Yes, something like that..hehe! And another yes! Glad that we made it in time for the show. :)

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  18. Ay, you are so right Nik!! I would've wished that I had more time to tour the Window of the World. But the tour guide was pressing us on time! Lol! :) I would've also wished that I wore comfy shoes then, as my feet hurt really bad after a few hours of walking. #blisterattack! :(

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  19. Why don't you? :)

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  20. Haaay, charge to experience talaga ang eksena namin sis... It was actually more disappointing since the travel agency where we booked this tour was manned by our fellow Pinoy's. :( They weren't of much help to us, to think that we paid for that particular tour from them. 

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  21. Haaaay Ms. Tess! You are so right.. we were already bummed about starting late.. and leading the guests.. when in fact, we paid to be a part of the tour as Guests too.. ironic.

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  22. Hi Ms. Gemma! Actually.. I have no clue. :( Haven't visited Disneyland HKG yet. :) And thanks for the compliment! :)

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  23. I'm sure you and your hubby are making up for lost time.. Don't worry Ms. Marri! There's plenty of time to travel.. you just need to have that push to take on the journey. :) And thank you again for your lovely words.. you are so nice! :)

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  24. True Ms. Chrisair! Will be more wary next time.. :)

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