From Dongguan, took 2 hours bus trip to Shenzhen. Once arrived in the city, we went to this Lotus Hillpark. The focal point of the park is Mountain Top Square. Here stands the large statue of Deng Xiaoping confidently striding forward & looked benevolently over the city whose creation he inspired. Coincedentally, it was a Qing Ming festival period for the Chinese & there's crowds of people paying respects to this "Father of Modern China" & sang patriotic songs in groups.
In front of Deng Xiaoping statue
Stopped over at Splendid China after lunch. This place is a comprehensive 30 hectares miniature park, reflecting the history, culture, art & customs of various nationalities in China. Over 100 major tourist attractions have been miniaturized & laid out according to the map of China. Forbidden City, Yellow Mountain, Great Wall & many others are all there. Some of these mini spots are so precisely built & their fantastic workmanship make u wondering how could be the genuine spots looked like. Hangzhou for example, has so many spots represented in the park & praised as "heaven on earth" by poets & scholars of yesteryears. Thank God Air Asia fly there too...:) Spent half a day in the park, & watched 2 cultural shows in evening & night showcasing the cultures & history of China.
Miniature Forbidden City
It was a free n easy in the next morning. went to the famous Shenzhen Dongmen shopping street for shopping. After days of observing the shopping patterns & markets in China, let me categorised the goods sold into 3 main groups. The first group consists of the international known brands such as DKNY, Calvin Klein, Armani etc, found only in upmarket shopping complexes. Ladies, dont waste your hard earned $$$ on this category as the price are basically the same, as found in KL. Just wait for the KL Megasale & you can spend happily on these brands. The 2nd group includes the upcoming home brands & rapidly expanding into most parts of China. There are such as 360 Degrees, Li Ning, Kerk etc. Some like Yishion & Hang Ten managed to penetrate the international market. Price is middle-class ranged. Price conscious shoppers would not buy this as the quality & designs are about the same with others found here. The last group is the most popularly sought by shoppers for their cheaper-than-normal price range. Cant recall any names as the brands differ in different areas. Working trouser costs you only RM 20.00 each while long sleeve shirt costs only RM 18.00 each. Smaller cities offer cheaper prices unlike bigger cities like Shanghai, Beijing etc. Quality wise is acceptable....let me make it simple, u buy at your own risk..:)