To understand why Window of the World is so cool you need to know just a little Chinese History. Due to some political instability in the 1900s China closed its borders to foreigners. There was little import or export and there was zero education about the world outside the Chinese borders. However, in the 1970s Deng XiaoPing realized that direct foreign trade was the only way to bring China out of it’s current sate of poverty. So he opened up just 4 cities to the outside world, one of them being Shenzhen in the Guangdong province. Shenzhen is one China’s major port cities because it is right next door to Hong Kong, It soon became apparent that the locals had no clue how to interact with all the foreigners pouring in, so in the 1980s, Window of the World was created. It was a way to teach the locals about the geography and cultures of the world.
Window to the World showcases small versions of 160 major historical sites throughout the world. Everything from the pyramids to Stonehenge. The 118 acre park is sectioned off by continents. I spent a little time in Africa and then wandered into Europe and then to the rest of the world within a matter of hours. It was so cool!
This link will take you to Travel China Guide’s description and suggestions on how to get there.
If you ever hop down to Shenzhen and Hong Kong for a visa run I would definitely suggest stopping by, it’s totally worth your time.