First day of our trip is in the Macau forum
Our family of 5 arrived at the Shekou port via Turbojet from Macau. We stayed at the Golden Lustre hotel, good hotel with free internet and connecting rooms (and very hard beds, but that’s par for the course). We’d arranged with the hotel to have a driver meet us at the port for the 1hr drive in. We had 3 days in Shenzhen all up, which we really enjoyed.
Window on the World – huge day, caught the subway from Guomao (a 10min walk from our hotel) to the final stop (Window of the World, a 40min ride). Fantastic park, yes it can be tacky at times, but being able to give the kids an idea of all those world monuments – Niagara Falls complete with massive water spray, an Eiffel tower so big you can catch a lift up it, the Pyramids, Angkor Wat, you name it it was there – was great. The first surprise was that this massive park is cash only, no credit cards accepted anywhere, no ATMs around and no money changers. We had enough RMB to get in, but were then left with only 350RMB to last the 5 of us on a very warm/humid day. We also felt like celebrities all day, there were thousands of Chinese in the park, and not till the end of the day did we see another Western family. At one point we had families lining up to get photos with our kids when we were waiting for lunch (I did consider charging them/photo – would have helped with our lack of funds problem!) There’s meant to be a spectacular show at the end of the day here, but we were so exhausted (& in need of cash), that we only lasted about 4 hours before heading back to our hotel.
Dongmen shopping area – This was a place we almost didn’t go to, as the guide books say it’s a bad area for shoplifting, and a couple of the locals said the same thing to me – and particularly warned me that it was unsafe for kids. It was only a 10min walk from our hotel though, so we decided to brave it one evening, thought we’d just have a quick look then eat dinner. Turned out to be MUCH better and more interesting shopping than Luohu. DVD’s were cheaper (10RMB vs 15RMB at Luohu) and better quality, and just much more variety in the stores, not just shop after shop of the same copy handbags and watches. It was a really fun area to look around, hubby and kids also enjoyed much more than Luohu. We didn’t have much time, but managed to get heaps of things on our list, wish I could go back. We were very underwhelmed by Luohu, particularly as my son bought an R4 from a shop there, was told it was an 8gb one, only to get it home and see it had been formatted to say 8gb, but was only actually 112mg……he was so disappointed. I know we were buying a copy, but still a shock when people out and out lie to a 13 year old spending his pocket money on his one big purchase for the trip. The touts at Luohu are very persistant (which we’d been warned about), but there was none of that at Dongmen.
Will continue with our final 5 days in Hong Kong in that forum.