I am majorly behind in blogging! About three weeks ago I went to Shenzhen because I got a multi-entry visa and wanted to get my money’s worth worked really hard during the week and deserved a break. Getting there from Hong Kong is quite easy, as the MTR goes directly to the HK-China border. From HKU it took about two hours. There are two border crossings, and we went through Lok Ma Chau, as it’s newer and is less crowded.
We met up with our friend from Shenzhen and she took us to dim sum, shopping, then dropped us off at Window of the World (she is too nice!). Dim sum was really good and relatively cheap, except certain starving kids got carried away with ordering food, and we had way too much leftovers.
The Shenzhen Metro is a lot like the ones in many other large metropolitan areas. Declining-balance card, or single journey tickets. Only stupid TTC runs on prehistoric non-electronic ticketing/tokens. I realize I bash on Canada/Toronto a lot, so I will say that the one thing TTC does right is having the ‘next stop’ announcements on their buses. Buses in HK all have crazy windy routes, so knowing when it’s your stop without knowing the area is extremely difficult and non-intuitive. I’ve under/overshot my stop countless times.
Shenzhen shopping was super cheap. I got a couple items including A&F (probably fake but look pretty legit) flipflops for around CAD 2 and they are the most comfortable flipflops ever! I need to go back and buy more pairs in other colours.
Window of the World is a theme park-type-ish attraction that has miniature replicas of famous worldwide structures. I found it rather gimmicky overall, but a few models were quite opulent.
We started off in Asia (Azn pride, yo) and worked our way through Oceania, Africa, the Americas, Dinosaurs (wtf?), and Europe. Europe not really because we arrived pretty late and a lot of the buildings were closed off already. LAME! A lot of the models look pretty good from afar, but when you go up close, you can tell they are really dirty, and not very well maintained.
At around 7:30 we went to the main stage area to watch a dance show. They re-created some classical stories such as Cinderella and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The costumes, choreography and sets were all very impressive but by then we were all so tired, we didn’t stay for the entire thing. In fact my other two companions were asleep for the majority of the performance.
We grabbed a quick dinner at Ajisen Ramen (in Toronto they would be considered ‘pretty good’ but it’s just a waste of money to have it in Asia) because we really couldn’t find anywhere else that was decent to dine, then tried out the egg tarts at KFC. They had these egg tarts with some kind of mochi filling, and it was SO GOOD.
After that, we really needed to head back to Hong Kong, else the MTR would shut down. Instead of Lok Ma Chau, we went through the other border crossing, Luohu Port, because we were closer. Sketchiest border I’ve ever crossed in my life.
On the way back, we called up a few other friends to see what they were up to, and decided we could all meet up in Central to chill at an LKF bar for a while. Little did we realize there was a huge celebration going on at LKF for the Rugby Sevens. It was crazy, jammed with people dressed up, drunk, high, cheering, yelling, and just all-around merry. In the middle of a street, between several bars, there was a group of Canadians warbling our national anthem, so Karen and I joined in for a round of O Canada.
We hit up a couple bars (the first one had crappy music), ran into a few other exchange students, and despite being exhausted from Shenzhen, somehow managed to trek to 3am dimsum and back home.
Disclaimer: Photos from this post are courtesy of Mr. La.