My tickets were booked with Southern China Airlines and my stay was at Guangzhou Westin and Hilton Shenzhen . I took my flight which was a night flight, it was a pleasant flight and we reached Guangzhou on time at around 6 AM local time.. I had took Shenzhen first as part of my trip so I had to catch a train to Shenzhen.. I took the Metro to reach Guangzhou East station from where I got the Bullet Train for Shenzhen. It was a nice journey which ended faster than I had thought. Going on 300 + Km /Hr reached Shenzhen which is good 120+ Km away from Guangzhou in just approx 40 mins. The train was Neat clean and very nice and fast. China's Metro train system is very vast and huge as everything. I took the metro for my hotel which was a couple of meters away. The weather was pleasant, As Shenzhen is nearer to a beach it's slightly humid in days. But as it was end of winter season I had a good cooler stay. My stay at Hotel Hilton was a perfect stay ( You can read bout Hilton Shenzhen in my Blog entry https://travellerinsight.wordpress.com/2015/12/31/relaxing-stay-in-city-of-shenzhen/ )
Shenzhen has many options for tourist , One such option for wholesome entertainment was COCO PARK Located in the center of the city, COCO Park is not only a popular shopping mall but also a representative of the area. The mall has 5 levels, covering 85,000 square meters, with a big outdoor square in the center. It is much more than about shopping because there are a lot of restaurants, bars and entertainment in it. There are different major shopping sections in COCO Park which cater to people from every walk of life. COCO Park has a busy bar street with a number of bars that have both indoor and outdoor areas. There is a Hong Kong cinema called Broadway Circuit in the mall. IN all it is a perfect place for entertainment shopping and lifestyle After 3 night stay my next stop was Guangzhou, I took a train back to Guangzhou and reached in after noon, let me tell you China has a Vast train system which connects the country. The stations are huge and there are loads and loads of people who commute. The stations are too crowded. I reached Guangzhou in afternoon and by metro reached my destination where my hotel was located .
Fanling Cow Garden
DAY 4 – RECONNECTING WITH THE PAST OF HONG KONGWith an image of a global financial hub with skyscraper studded skyline, it’s hard to imagine Hong Kong could still be hiding over 800 years old walled villages in its countryside. There are 5 walled villages in Hong Kong – Kat Hing Wai, Fanling Wai, Tsang Tai Uk, Sheung Shui Wai and Nga Tsin Wai Tsuen. These villages were built in a rectangular style and were surrounded by thick walls to hide from the pirates and Chinese dynastic attacks. Though over time the walled villages have mostly demolished and modern structures have come in their place but it was interesting to see how old Chinese people used to live in a community and how the walled village customs were passed down through generations and adapted to a more modern way of life.
Tokyo Stock Exchange
We arrived on time in Tokyo Stock Exchange, but because the security on the front door need to check us one by one before entering to the Tokyo Stock Exchange, made us 5 minutes late from the schedule. Tokyo Stock Exchange is very quiet and only a few people were there. It has a very unique architecture design, full of glass and it has a big display of the price’s stock. The employee explain to us about how the Stock Exchange works, and some theory and application if we want to invest in stocks. After the tour, we had a simulation about Stock, and guess what? I rank number 2 ! I was shocked at myself, because I didn’t really know about stocks, I just read what’s on screen and go with my instincts. Guess I really have a good instinct, am I not ?
许留山's curried fishballs, cuttlefish and radish! Love this, curry wasn't that spicy though but super tasty! Wanted something hot for supper so I got Taro Paste with Chestnut. Not the healthiest but definitely very flavourful! Love how it was filled with chestnut (like those peeled packet chestnuts you get outside) and soft yam cubes. Sinfully good! Damage (cant remember price for Yu Dan): HKD35 Rating: 8.5/10
Next stop, San Hing 新興食家at Western District 8 Smithfield Road, Sai Wan Famous for their #流沙包 I had to try it! Being in hk for the past 3 times, didn't get any superbly impressive #dimsum especially liu sha bao! Was quite a challenge to reach there so we decided to cab there from our da pai dang. Cost us about HKD38. Other specialities include quail eggs siew mai and deep fried milk (didn't manage to see this though). Wasn't over the top but liu sha bao was one of the better ones I had. Rating: 8/10