Off to see the world!!!

Over the weekend, I decided to go out of GuangZhou to visit other attraction areas. I went to Shen Zhen to see the Windows of the World (WOW). This is one of the attractions that I said to myself “oh my god, this is a must see!” I finally decided to go over the weekend because if I don’t then I will not have any other time to go. Since I will be returning back to Canada in 2 weeks, it will be very busy for me from now until then, so I don’t know when I’ll have the time to go see WOW. I have already made plans for the next 2 weekends so the only time I had was last weekend.

Although it was planned very last minute to go WOW with my co-worker, but we still had an amazing time! Too bad we only went for a day trip, it would be nice if I could actually stay there for 2 days, that way I can see other places in Shen Zhen as well. Unfortunately, I had to work on Sunday so we went on Sat morning and came home that night. It took about 2 hours to arrive at our destination (1.5 hour on the train from GuangZhou to ShenZhen + 30 mins on the subway). It was quite a journey getting there but I think it was worth it.

What is Windows of the World you ask? It’s essentially an attraction area that has miniature sculptures of famous places around the world such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and Pyramids from Egypt. They also had Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty which I did not visit because I thought at the time, since I live in Canada, there is no need for me to see them. However, after I came home, I kind of regretted that I did not go through the park thoroughly. A big factor that resulted in my decision was because the shoes I was wearing on that day were not completely comfortable so after walking for a while, my feet were hurting like crazy!

When I visited the Pyramids, I paid $20RMB to sit on a camel to take pictures. It was a well spent $20 because I got a really priceless photo! At first, I thought it was a fake camel because it was standing there so still, but afterwards, I was startled because it started moving! Anyway, there was one photo where I’m sitting on the camel and I’m “supposedly” be in “Egypt” but then the cameraman also got the “Eiffel tower” in the picture! And what’s funnier is that the camel is smiling! Well, to me it looks like its smiling because you can see the teeth! I found it quite amusing.

After coming back home, I was exhausted so I went to bed and the next day I went to work. My legs were hurting for 2 days from the combination of all the walking and the uncomfortable shoes.

Tip: When going out to somewhere that requires a lot of walking, wear comfortable shoes!!!

To see more pictures taken at the Windows of the World, visit www.photobucket.com/mchen27-wow

Purchasing online? Forget about it!

All I wanted to do was to purchase some little items on “TaoBao” which is the Chinese version of eBay. I never knew buying online can be so frustrating and complicated! I understand that it is the way it is because of security issues since there are many hackers trying to steal identity and personal information online… but I didn’t know it could be so complicated! The reason why I wanted to create the account was so I can buy things online without having to trouble others to buy for me! Most stores on TaoBao only accept PayPal as a method of payment so I also had to create a Chinese PayPal account. It was an incredibly complicated process!!! They asked for my ID number either from passport, or your citizen ID number. Once I created the account, I thought it could be like PayPal where we could add in our credit card number and everything will be great. BUT, I can’t add my credit card because the credit card MUST be issued by a China bank! They don’t accept other cards! So I thought I will input my china bank card instead, but I still can’t do that because I need to input my ID number! But this time, it HAD to be a Chinese citizen ID number! It was such a long complicated process and since I cannot read Chinese, it made everything longer because I need to copy and paste everything into Google translate in order to understand what information is required.

Pros:

–          Unlike eBay, we are able to “chat” with the merchants to answer any questions we may have if they appear online. We do not need to wait a day or two to receive a respond from the seller. I love this idea of how we can just talk to them instantly! eBay should really introduce this feature! I think it will be great and beneficial for everyone!

–          Everything online is so cheap! Literally. The neck pillow I bought in Canada cost me about $20, however, I found the SAME pillow for only  $5 CAD.

–          Shipping is extremely fast! I order something online, and it arrives the NEXT day! And that’s not even express mail!!!

–          Able to pay cash once the product arrives! All you need to do is to submit your order, and once the item arrive then you pay for it! That’s awesome! I would love it if we have that in Canada!

Cons:

–          Very user Unfriendly

–          Require too much personal information such as ID numbers and passport numbers etc.

–          ONLY accept credit cards issued by China banks!

In the end, I still had no other choice but to ask my co-worker to pay for me online and then I pay her back in cash. So if you are ever coming to china and wanting to purchase online, you must find someone to purchase for you otherwise, you will have a HARD time trying to purchase anything online! Possibly not even be able to purchase actually!

Canton Tower!

I never expected myself to say that I want to go up the Canton Tower! Having worked 4 years at the CN Tower, to me going up these towers were not a big deal. However, something about the Canton Tower fascinated me making me actually wanting and looking forward to go up! I have finally decided to go up last week on a random day last Wednesday. To my surprise, I spent quite a few hours up at the tower enjoying the beautiful view. However, I subconsciously started to compare the both towers: CN Tower & Canton Tower.

  1. The moment I stepped into the elevator, I noticed that there were operators! Everyone got in the elevator and the employee stood outside and told someone to press a button to go up to the 83rd floor
  2. There was hardly any staff around the observation levels to guide you or to even answer any of our questions, so if you have a question… you better hope that its nothing related to the tower! Otherwise, it will be pretty hard to find someone to answer that question!
  3. The tower lacks customer service! It surprises me because I know a lot of places in China have very poor customer service, but to see that even Canton Tower lack customer service was a little bit of a disappointment for me. I entered the tower expecting the service to be like CN Tower, but I was shocked that it was nothing compare to it.

Nonetheless, I still enjoyed the tower very much. They have many different options for tickets and of course, I choose to buy the best ticket that includes all the observation decks as well as 2 attractions: Bubble Train and a mini drop zone! When I arrived to go on the bubble train, the manager pulled me out of the line since he saw my wristband that includes the mini drop zone, he told me to do that first. So I took his advice and went on the drop zone. I was speechless. We went up high (not as high as drop zone) but as we were going up, I can see the whole city right beneath my eyes and it was just an incredible sight! Just when you are too focused on the beauty of the city, the drop you back down in a heartbeat!

After that, since the bubble train line did not subside, I decided to go up to the highest observation deck, which is at the 488m mark. It was an outdoor observation area. When I went up, there was no one else up there except for me. I felt like VIP being up there by myself. I found the peace and joy being up at that point by myself. The view was spectacular and the wind was blowing into my face and I really have no words to describe that feeling. It was actually quite windy up there but it was a nice breeze. It was such a peaceful moment. Not much later, other became came up and it was about time for me to head back down to the bubble train.

Wind blowing at my hair at the highest observation deck!

I couldn’t wait to get on the bubble train since it was solely the reason that has drawn my attention to go up the tower. It took us around the tower, 360 degrees giving us a panoramic view of the city. I must say, the thing that I was looking forward to do the most, was a little bit disappointing for me. The view was beautiful; don’t get me wrong, just the fact that there was no air condition inside the bubble was very unappealing to me. There was a fan however; it was still hot and humid inside.

Mailing at the TOP OF THE WORLD! =D

Overall, it was a great experience and I did not feel that my money was wasted! I bought lots of souvenirs and gifts from the tower because I felt that it is something unique to give as a gift. I mean… there’s nothing in china that we cannot get in Canada. So I decided to buy all the gifts for my friends and family from the tower. It represents china, and most of all, it represented the city that I was working in! So it will be a great piece of memory! Also, what I really liked is the fact that the ticket itself is a post card! If you live in china, you are able to mail the postcard anywhere in china for free. But in order to send the postcard overseas, you will need to pay about $6 RMB which is $1 CAD to send the postcards overseas.

P.S.

If you’re interested in viewing more pictures from the tower, you can visit the link below!

www.photobucket.com/mchen27-cantontower

Free picture that was included in my ticket package 🙂

Long Weekend Chimelong Park

It’s the end of the long weekend… seems so short! I met up with my friend and his cousins and since his cousins wanted to go to the amusement park, we went to the Chimelong Water Park. This park is separated into 3 separate parks: Amusement Park, Safari Park and Water Park. We were supposed to go to the Amusement park on Friday but we weren’t able to because it rained that day. It actually rained the whole weekend! But that didn’t stop us from going to the water park on Saturday. The rain would start and stop, and it really didn’t matter much since we were going to get wet anyway so that didn’t really affect us much. The only thing that made it unbearable was the wind! Since we were already wet, it was really cold. Other than that, the park was average. I thought it would be really fun because I’ve heard a lot of good comments about the park. Bottom line, I think Wild Water Kingdom is better!

Cheesecake Town

It’s the start of the Dragon Boat Festival long weekend today! So my coworker and I decided to get a manicure. We went to eat dinner first after work then walked to the nail salon where she usually get her nails done. But once we got there… they were all busy so we weren’t able to do our nails. If we wanted to wait, we would need to wait 1.5h! So we went to the place where I get my nails done. Usually they have 3 people working… but for some reason there was only 1! I’m so puzzled why there are so many people getting their nails done!!! Is it because its raining? So that’s why people decide to do their nails? Anyway, while we were walking to the bus stop, we happen to walk by a cake store called Cheesecake Town. According to my coworker, this place has really good cheesecake, so I bought one home with me! I bought a mango mousse cake, the design of the cake look so cute! I couldn’t help but buy this one! It taste really good too!

Long Weekend!

Im so happy that it is a long weekend this week! I will not have work on Friday! I think this could be the only long weekend that I will encounter while I’m here. Although it will not really be a “long weekend” for me because there is an event that I will have to attend for the company… so technically speaking, it will be a regular weekend for me L I was looking so forward to this long weekend because then I will be able to explore GuangZhou more but now I guess I won’t be able to do that! 😦

On the brighter side, I recently found out that my childhood friend is ALSO in china for the summer and he will be visiting me this week over the long weekend! So I am excited to see him because I haven’t seen him for years! I am looking forward to this weekend! It will be an exciting one! We will be exploring some parts of GuangZhou! Once I have pictures, I will be sharing them with everyone! 😀

Watson’s Grand Opening

When I was coming home from work yesterday night, I noticed that the Watson’s store opened! I’ve been waiting for their opening for a while now since I saw the advertisement that they will be opening near my location. So it finally opened yesterday and I couldn’t help but go inside to take a look at what they have. For those of you who don’t know, Watson’s is like a Walgreens and Shoppers Drug Mart. So I went in and looked around and I bought a lot of little things for no reason just because they looked cute and also it was hello kitty! So I couldn’t resist, so I made the purchase! 😀

Presentation on Friday!

This Friday, I will be making a presentation on Canada. I am feeling quite nervous because I just found out that I will need to be making the presentation in Chinese. I know that I will be confident in making this presentation in English, however, doing it in Chinese makes it that much harder because I am afraid that others will laugh at me because my Chinese is not that well. I feel like people will not be able to understand my Chinese! I am practicing my presentation in Chinese, and thinking about what I will be talking about in Chinese. It is quite nerve-wracking! Even though I will only be doing this presentation to employees in the company, but it is still enough to make me nervous. We will see how the presentation goes on Friday! I hope I will be able to do an excellent presentation!

Finally Cooking in Guangzhou…

 

Have you ever seen anyone cook like this? I am scared of cooking with the stove so I am left with this, the only way for me to cook… with a kettle. The stove is not like Canada where it is an electric stove, this is a gas stove so once you turn on the stove, the flames will burst out. I am scared to get burned so I refuse to use the stove! This is how I will be cooking from now on if I ever need to. This way really works!

British Day!

The dog is so cute!

Attended a British Day today at a British school in GuangZhou. It was quite interesting, there were a lot of food and entertainment. There was a really cute dog that is owned by one of the owner from the booths. This dog was so friendly, almost every single person saw the dog stopped and played with it. Such an adorable dog!