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World Joyland : Warcraft and Starcraft Theme Park in China

January 15th, 2013 1 comment

It’s really a good news for all Warcraft and Starcraft fans around the world. Just a couple months ago, the first amusement park created based on Warcraft and Starcraft has just opened last year to public in China. It’s World Joyland (Chinese : 嬉戏谷; pinyin : Xīxì Gǔ) that located in Changzhou, Jiangsu province. It’s just about two hours away from Shanghai if you go by train and bus. The park was built spread over 600,000 square meters and it’s cost about 200 million yuan (about $30 million USD). The park itself divided into five sections. Too bad, this is not official theme park of Warcraft and Starcraft, because the park was built without the use of the original name of the Blizzard. It’s mean that the park owners doesn’t need to pay a license to Blizzard. Starcraft section in this park has been renamed as Universe of Starship, while Warcraft section has been renamed as Terrain of Magic.

World Joyland Theme Park

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Travel to Shenzhen (Day 2) : Window Shopping at Dong Men Shopping Street and Walking Around the World at Windows of The World

January 8th, 2012 1 comment

List of tourist attractions visited today :

  • Dong Men Shopping Street
  • Windows of The World

After a long day trip to Hongkong yesterday, today i start my trip around Shenzhen, Hongkong and Macau. On this trip, i go together with friends (there are 6 people total including me). But we do not depart together from Tianjin. Because all of us came from different cities in China. We already agreed to meet at Shenzhen today. Just around 9 o’clock in the morning, i started to set out from my hostel towards Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station that located right in front of the hostel.

Using MTR go to Shenzhen

To go to Shenzhen just pick the light blue line (East Rail Line) and get off at 湖站 Lo Wu . It costs HK $ 35 using the Octopus Card from Tsim Sha Tsui station. Lo Wu station is end of the border of Hong Kong. Actually beside go through Lo Wu, you can also go through 落馬洲 Lok Ma Chau, but you need to change trains at 上水 Sheung Shui. Both station is adjacent to Shenzhen in different places, Lo Wu border with Luo Wu and Lok Ma Chau with Tian Fu, both have each immigration gate.


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Travel to Hongkong (Day 1) : From Tianjin to Hongkong via Shanghai

January 7th, 2012 No comments

Finally this day have arrived. Unconsciously, my time to learn chinese language for a year already passed. Today i leaved Tianjin, the city where i lived for the last 10 months. Before i go back to Surabaya, Indonesia, I decided to travel again before returning home to Surabaya, Indonesia. The destination of travel i choose this time are Hongkong, Shenzhen and Macau. Departing from Tianjin at 6 am, I was escorted by snowfall. Woww…. It’s so beautiful. Thanks God for this beautiful moment.

From my university to the airport (Tianjin Binhai International Airport) takes about 40 minutes by taxi. I use China Eastern Airlines (Shanghai Airlines) which the ticket i purchased from Expedia. For this trip, i choose a transit via Shanghai flight because its far more cheaper than buy a direct flight to Hongkong. Total price of the airline ticket from Tianjian to Hongkong (via Shanghai) just only RMB 1,180 (US$ 185.7) or about 1.7 million rupiah, compared to direct flight that can reach RMB 2,000. The plane left on time at 8:00 AM and arrived at Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 09:55. This airport building is really long. Just to move my baggage from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2, we must walked about almost 30 minutes.

Pudong Shanghai Airport
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Shanghai Metro System Map

October 25th, 2011 No comments

Like other MRT in mainland (China), Shanghai MRT is well known as Shanghai Metro. Shanghai Metro is the urban rapid transit that incorporates both subway and light metro lines in Shanghai. Shanghai metro recognized as one of the fastest-growing and busiest rapid transit systems in the world. Even, the Shanghai Metro was built after Beijing Metro and Tianjin Metro in China, it is now has exceeded it’s predecessor.  I just tried Shanghai Metro couple days ago when i went on trip to Shanghai. Actually, i had a unpleasant experience when using Shanghai Metro. When i tried to go to the Bund at night, i must paid twice because there is a metro station that should be the exchange line station is not connected (the building of each line is separated). So if it is the first time you go by MRT in Shanghai, you must be careful. Just pay attention to the exchange line of each MRT Station. If the dot (circle) is separated, then i don’t suggest you to switch line at that station. It will be better to switch line at overlapping dot station.

Shanghai Metro Map

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Nanjing Metro (MRT) System Map

October 23rd, 2011 No comments

I just traveled to Nanjing couple days ago. Too bad, i don’t have a chance to try the MRT (Metro) there. Actually i have seen the Metro signboard when i walk around Nanjing that time, but when i follow the sign, i could find the Metro Station. Nanjing Metro (MRT) has just opened in 2005. It’s quite new compared to Beijing Subway and Tianjin Metro. But the line has been built is only 2 line (similar to Tianjin Metro). So we couldn’t only depend to this Metro to go every place in Nanjing. The fare for Nanjing metro is varies and it’s distance-based. Minimum fares is 2 yuan (USD $0.30) for one journey.

 

 

nanjing metro map

 

And for long term, Nanjing Metro (MRT) System Map will be like this

 

 

nanjing metro map plan

Travel in China Day 6 (Shanghai) : The Bund, Nanjing Road, People’s Park

October 22nd, 2011 No comments

List of tourist attraction visited today :
– The Bund
– Nanjing Road
– People’s Park

This is the last day of my trip to 南方 Nan Fang (South China). Totally we already visited 4 cities which are 南京 Nanjing, 黄山 Huangshan, 杭州 Hangzhou and 上海 Shanghai. So today is not only my last day in Shanghai, but also the last day of my trip. We arrived at Shanghai at noon yesterday. We already went to The Bund by ourselves yesterday, and today our tour group brought us to The Bund again. Because of this, at least we know the Bund scenery during the night and during the day light.

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Travel in China Day 5 (Hangzhou, Shanghai) : Wan Song Academy, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund

October 21st, 2011 No comments

List of tourist attraction visited today :
– Wan Song Academy
– Oriental Pearl TV Tower
– The Bund

After visited several beautiful place in Hangzhou yesterday, we still had one place to visit in Hangzhou for today. We departed from the hotel around 7 o’clock in the morning. And our destination is 万松书院 (Wan Song Academy), the place where we can see chinese classical story of “Romeo and Juliet” in real life.

万松书院 WanSong ShuYuan (Wan Song Academy)

This place was built at Ming Dynasty at 1498. It has longest history and deepest infection on Hangzhou. It was school of 梁山伯 (Liang Shan Bo) and 祝英台 (Zhu Ying Tai) who fell in love there. And the story about great love between them has spread around the world and recognize as Chinese version of “Romeo and Juliet” story. Nowadays, Wan Song Academy is more famous for holding Blind Date each weekend. This place is filled with lovely house nestled harmoniously into the surrounding rocks and forest hidden up on top of the mountain. This is a beautiful and peaceful place, and the light was just perfect.

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Travel in China Day 4 (Hangzhou) : Thousand Island Lake, Hangzhou Tea House, Yue Fei Temple, West Lake, Night of West Lake Show

October 20th, 2011 1 comment

List of tourist attraction visited today :
– Thousand Island Lake
– Hangzhou Tea House
– Yue Fei Temple
– West Lake
– Qinghefang Pedestrian Street
– Night of West Lake Show

After a very tired day climbing Huangshan mountain yesterday, we must wake up early today to continue our trip to the next city. We departed from our hotel at 6 o’clock and heading to Hangzhou by bus. Along the way, we visited a very famous scenery place in China, 千岛湖 Qiandao Hu (Thousand Island Lake). This place located at Zhejiang, China. After about 3 hours of trip, we finally arrived at Thousand Island Lake.

千岛湖 Qiandao Hu (Thousand Island Lake)

Qiandao Hu is known as the hometown of Sun Quan, Emperor of Wu kingdom in Three Kingdoms Era. When i search on the internet, i just know that Thousand Island receives about 5 million tourists annually and it has been honored as one of the three best tourism areas in China, besides the capital Beijing and the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River. The Thousand-Island Lake is also honored as “World’s Garden City” and “China’s Best Preserved Ecological Town“. But honestly, based on my opinion i feel that the honor titles are a little bit too much. There are a lot of a place like this in my country. So even it is beautiful, but i don’t think that this place is extraordinary and make it as a place you can’t missed when when you go to China.

thousand island lake

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Travel in China Day 3 (Huangshan) : Climbing Huangshan Mountain

October 20th, 2011 No comments

I was too tired to write a blog post after climbing 黄山 Huangshan mountain yesterday. So, i just wrote the journey now. On the third day, we departed from our hotel around 7 o’clock and we would climb Huangshan mountain. We switched the bus at the bus station and then go to Huangshan mountain starting point. When arrived, the tour guide ask to us about what way we want to choose. There are two options which are the easy way (cable car) or the hard way (walking). The hard way is climbing the mountain by foot and it is totally free of charge. Meanwhile the easy way is go to the top of the mountain by using RMB 75 cable car. Because i see all the young people in our tour group choose to walk, then i and my girlfriend choose the same way.

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This is where we start to climb at Huangshan Mountain

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Travel in China Day 2 (Nanjing) : Dr. Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum, Ming XiaoLing Mausoleum

October 18th, 2011 No comments

List of tourist attraction visited today :
– Dr. Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum
– Ming XiaoLing Mausoleum

After spent a day free walk in Nanjing yesterday, today our tour guide brought us to go to Dr. Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum as the main tourist attraction in Nanjing. So we depart from the hotel around 8 o’clock. We brought all our bags because we will not come back to the hotel and continue our journey directly to other city. We were picked up by bus and go to another hotel first before go to the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum.

中山陵 Zhong ShanLing (Dr. Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum)

This Mausoleum is located at the foot of the second peak of Mount Zijin (Purple Mountain) in Nanjing. Purple Mountain location is in the middle of the city and become the green area, because there are a lot of trees on it. Dr. Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum is in the middle and at the top of the mountain. This place is where Dr. Sun Yat Sen was buried. We all know that Dr. Sun Yat Sen is one of the most influencing people in China. Sun, considered to be the “Father of Modern China” who fought against the imperial Qing government and after the 1911 revolution ended the monarchy and founded the Republic of China.

dr sun yat sen mausoleum front gate
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