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post #16 of 21
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I've been saved! A coworker says she'd be happy to take my place and go on this "adventure." So I'm happy to let her. I officially do not have to go.

Thank you all anyway for your advice.

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post #17 of 21
I don't know about "saved" - HK+shenzhen is a fascinating trip to take.

For future readers, my advice would be to fly into HK and take the train to Shenzhen. It's a really enjoyable train ride that will show you most of Hong Kong (and a lot that you would never see if you were just staying in or near Central). The train is nice and easy, and you end up at a Shenzhen station that is a very quick cab ride to several hotels.

In shenzhen, I think the most interesting use of your tourist time would be to visit one of the electronics markets and have your mind blown:

http://www.evilmadscientist.com/2009/a-visit-to-the-electronics-markets-of-shenzhen/

Imagine a building the size of a decent suburban shopping mall, packed shoulder to shoulder with this:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3403/3300186490_bf35f8256e.jpg

Or you can wander around the nice new business district and go try out Hastens beds and Lamborghinis - their storefronts are open until midnight, even on weekdays.
post #18 of 21
Don't know why you'd turn down a paid for trip to China. Unless that actual work involved sucked, it's pretty small minded just because it's not some European country.
post #19 of 21
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I didn't not want to go because it was China; I was very much looking forward to my trip to Beijing. But Joffrey thanks for that horrible assumption about me.

I didn't want to go because it was a pain in my ass. A very long trip for a very short talk. And I have simply no interest in going to a huge mall to look at electronics. Shenzhen is not a tourist attraction unless you want to shop or see huge malls or one of the five theme parks. Not fun. And HK (and likely Shenzhen) would have been quite overwhelming for me.

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post #20 of 21

That's one nice thing about the airport system: you can check in and check your luggage before you get into the airport. It has always worked flawlessly for me. It's a surprising convenience.

 

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Shenzhen is not a tourist attraction unless you want to shop or see huge malls or one of the five theme parks. Not fun. And HK (and likely Shenzhen) would have been quite overwhelming for me.
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I've always equated Shenzhen to Orlando. Orlando is known for theme parks, their resorts, and shopping. Take away those things, it's just an average, urban-sprawled city. Not much else is there. Same thing with Shenzhen, except that it's much, much bigger. (And instead of outlet malls in Orlando, it's "questionable authenticity" malls in SZ).

post #21 of 21
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That's one nice thing about the airport system: you can check in and check your luggage before you get into the airport. It has always worked flawlessly for me. It's a surprising convenience.

I've always equated Shenzhen to Orlando. Orlando is known for theme parks, their resorts, and shopping. Take away those things, it's just an average, urban-sprawled city. Not much else is there.

I thought a similar thing about the Niagara Falls area. Take away the Falls, Skylon and the honeymoon hotels, there's basically nothing else to see and do there.

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Same thing with Shenzhen, except that it's much, much bigger. (And instead of outlet malls in Orlando, it's "questionable authenticity" malls in SZ).

Yeh, there's the questionable authenticity thing, which is typical of just about all Chinese cities. Shenzhen does have a heck of a lot of electronics and tech malls, it's a techie's paradise IMO. Not surprising really given that just about all consumer electronics products comes from China, with a good percentage being made in Shenzhen and nearby Dongguan.
Edited by MikeDT - 6/7/12 at 10:30pm
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