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

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 🙂