Most of Shenzhen's residents come from different parts of China and form a melting pot of Chinese traditions and cultures. Views on food are passionately expressed and for locals, Cantonese cuisine is often top of their list because of our proximity to Hong Kong. El Chino Chinese restaurant in hotel serves the most exquisite dim sum breakfast and creative Chaozhou style cuisine. It's a perfect place to begin your day with a selection of delicious.
If you are in need of retail therapy, we have the perfect prescription! After all, Shenzhen is China's largest manufacturing area. I recommend you spend the afternoon at Jia Hua Market, located behind the MOI Shopping Mall at the north of Huaqiang Road. You can find shoes, household items and clothing from well-known brands that were meant for export, but are on sale at cheap, local prices. Make sure you bargain, and start by trying to get 50 percent off the price.
Located a mere 10-minute walk from the hotel is Window of the World, where the world's manmade wonders are miniaturised in amazing detail. Enjoy the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids of Giza and Venice among others. We recommend the Grand Show from 7.30pm to 8.45pm. Every weekend and on public holidays, the show is rounded off with a 10-minute firework display. Then take a taxi to Shekou Sea World where you can have your pick of many different restaurants and bars.
Origin of the festival of Lanterns - Yuan Xiao Fes
The legend says, a long time ago during the Han Wu Di Dynasty (160 BC), there was a maid of honor called Yuan Xiao (Lantern), who could not go home for the New Year because she had to serve the emperor. She felt very miserable because she could not see her old parents, so she wanted to end her life by jumping into a water hole. But a wise man (called Dong Fang Shuo) stopped her and told her he will talk to the emperor and try to convince him to let her go home for the festival. The wise man made up a story saying that the god of fire received an order from the Jade emperor (God of Gods), to come to earth on Jan 16th and destroy Chang An city (Capital of the Han Wu Di Dynasty). The emperor Han Wu Di asked the wise man for advice, he told the emperor the god of fire likes to eat the glutinous rice ball, so he should eat it as well, also they should hang red lanterns in the houses, trees, streets, everywhere, and light fireworks and firecrackers during Jan 15th evening (the day before the god of fire will come), so that when the Jade emperor looks down to earth he can see red color and fire everywhere and think the capital of the Han Dynasty is being destroyed . The idea was to fool the emperor so he will go outside to seek shelter during the night, and Yuan Xiao (the maid of honor) could go home to reunite with her old parents for this special day.
Special Economic Zone
The late Chinese Premier, Chairman Deng Xiaoping, awarded Shenzhen the country's first Special Economic Zone status because of our strategic proximity to Hong Kong. This presented businesses with the opportunity to trade with foreign companies. Chinese migrants from all over the land flocked to prosper here.
The Myth of Mid-Autumn Festival
The story says, a long time ago, ten suns appeared on earth and they were killing all the living creatures. A man named Hou yi, who was the best archer on earth, shot down nine suns and saved the earth. The Queen of the Jade emperor (God of the gods) gave him a pill that granted eternal life as a reward to shooting down the suns. Hou yi was deeply in love with a beautiful woman called Chang'e, because he received just one pill and couldn't share it with his wife Chang'e, he told her to hide the pill in a safe place in the house. But one day a bad man called Peng Meng went to the house to steal the pill while Hou yi was out hunting, Chang'e didn't want Peng Meng to steal the pill, so she ate it. When she ate the pill, her body started to fly to the sky, but she wants to stay close to her husband, so she landed on the moon. In the moon lives a Jade Rabbit that makes medicine, so Chang'e asked the rabbit to help her make a special pill that will let her go back to earth.