Sunday, October 12, 2008

China Folk Culture Village

The China Folk Culture Village is a theme park in Shenzhen, China. It is located adjacent to the Splendid China theme park and features displays of the daily life and architecture of China's . It was opened to the public in October 1991.


The park's recreated villages include the following:

*Yi Village
*Miao Village
*Dong Village
*Naxi Village
*Buyi Village
*Yao Village
*Zhuang Village
*Mosuo Village
*Dai Village
*Wa Village
*Hani Village
*Gaoshan Village
*Bai Village
*Li Village
*Jingpo Village
*Tibetan Nationality
*Uygur Nationality
*Quadrate Yard
*Mongolian Nationality
*Korean Nationality
*Cave-house in North Shaanxi
*Tujia Village


The China Folk Culture Village has featured several cultural festivals, including the of the Dai, the Shawm Festival of the Miao, the Torch Festival of the Yi, the Huaxia Great Cultural Temple Fair, the Xinjiang Cultural Festival, and the Inner Mongolia Grassland Cultural Festival.

Window of the World

The Window of the World is a theme park located in the western part of the city of Shenzhen in the People's Republic of China. It has about 130 reproductions of some of the most famous tourist attractions in the world squeezed into 48 hectares. The 108 meter tall Eiffel Tower dominates the skyline and the sight of the Pyramids and the Taj Mahal all in proximity to each other are all part of the appeal of this theme park.

There are also a wide selection of international restaurants and mini exhibitions on famous figures from world history. Window of the World allows you to eat Mexican food, see the Niagara Falls then wander around Angkor Wat. The site takes at least half a day to explore and every day ends with a firework and laser show.

Admission is 120 . Persons between 65 and 69 are half price, while seniors 70 and over are admitted free . Children whose height is between 1.1 and 1.4 meters are also half price, with children under 1.1 meters free.

Skiing and snow tubing are available at the "Alps Indoor Skiing".

In the evening, one can enjoy "Fervorous Paris Nights" at "Caesar's Palace". Spectacles include young bikini-clad women prancing on stage to the music of Tom Jones' "Sex Bomb".


Since late 2004, when the Shenzhen Metro was opened, tourists have been able to reach the Window of the World conveniently via subway, using Line 1.

In media

In his autobiographical graphic novel '''', Guy Delisle visits the park with a Chinese acquaintance.

List of major attractions in the Window of the World

''Europe'' Region

* Houses of Parliament, Britain
* The Mazes, Britain
* Stonehenge, Britain
* The Louvre Pyramid, Paris, France
* Buckingham Palace,
* London Tower Bridge, Britain
* , France
* Notre Dame de Paris, France
* The Eiffel Tower, France
* Versailles Palace, France
* L'Arc de Triomphe, France
* Fountains at Jardin du Luxembourg, France
* The , France
* Court of the Lions in Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain
* The Leaning Tower of Pisa and Church, Italy
* The Colosseum of Rome, Italy
, Rome, Italy
* The , Italy
* Cologne Cathedral, Germany
* Venice and St. Mark's Square, Italy
* The Piazza della Signoria, Italy
* The Idyllic Sights of Windmills and Tulips,
* The Acropolis of Athens, Greece
* The Wall and Clock Towers of Kremlin, Russia
* Saint Basil's Cathedral, Russia
* The Matterhorn, Switzerland

''Asia'' Region

* The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Thailand
* Gyeongbok Palace, South Korea
* Itsukushima Shrine, Japan
* Shirasagi Castle in Himeji, Japan
* Modhera Sacred Well, India
* Borobudur, Indonesia
* The Angkor Wat, Cambodia
* The Taj Mahal, India
* Shwe Dagon Pagoda, Myanmar
* The Tower of Kuwait
* Merlion, Singapore
* Mount Fuji, Japan
* Arabian Square of Islamic Mosque & Coffee Pot

''Oceania'' Region

* The Dwelling-Houses of the Māori inhabitants, New Zealand
* The Sydney Opera House, Australia
* The 100-Metre High Fountain

''Africa'' Region

* Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza, Egypt
* The Great , Egypt
* The Dwelling-Houses of African inhabitants
* The Ivory Gate, Kenya
* The Africa Safari Park, Kenya

''Americas'' Region

* , U.S.A.
* National Memorial, U.S.A.
* The White House, U.S.A.
* Skyscrapers in Manhattan District, U.S.A.
* Mount Corcovado, Brazil
* The Statue of Liberty, U.S.A.
* The Houses of Parliament of Brasilia, Brazil
* The of North American Indians
* The Statues of Warriors, Mexico
* The , U.S.A.
* Jefferson Memorial, U.S.A.
* Lincoln Memorial Hall, U.S.A.
* The Globose, Mexico
* The , Chile
* , Peru

Other Regions

* Asia-style Street
* Islamic Street
* Church of Europe-Style Street
* Johann Strauss Music Square, Austria
* The Square of the Atmosphere
* God's Hand


TurboJET is the brand name for the operations of the Hong Kong-based Shun Tak-China Travel Ship Management Limited , which was established from the joint venture between Shun Tak Holdings Limited and in July 1999. It operates hydrofoil ferry services in southern China.


TurboJET provides services between Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen, all located around the Pearl River Delta in southern China. The route between Hong Kong and Macau is the busiest and is operating 24 hours a day. It takes approximately one hour to travel the 60-km journey on TurboJET's high speed vessels.


TurboJET is the world's largest operator of Boeing's Jetfoils.
TurboJET's fleet includes seven types of vessels, with one of the types rented from other company:

Bought vessels

*FoilCat : 35m length, 561 tonnes, 423 passengers catamaran hydrofoil. Propelled by s powered by twin General Electric LM500 gas turbines. Maximum speed at 50 knots. Built by Norwegian specialists Kvaerner Fjellstrand, Norway.

*FlyingCat : 40m length, 479 tonnes, 303 passengers catamaran. Propelled by waterjets powered by twin diesel engines, rated at 2000kW each. Cruising speed at 35 knots. Built by Norwegian specialists Kvaerner Fjellstrand, Norway.

*TriCat : 47.45m length, 602 tonnes, 328/333 passengers catamaran. Propelled by waterjets powered by twin gas turbines. Cruising speed at 45 knots, capable of 52 knots. Built by of the United Kingdom.

*: 24.44m length, 267 tonnes, 225/240/243 passengers monohull hydrofoil. Propelled by waterjets powered by twin gas turbines. Maximum speed at 45 knots. Built by Boeing.

*PS-30: 27.8m length, 303 tonnes, 260 passengers monohull hydrofoil. Propelled by waterjets powered by twin Rolls Royce Allison 501KF gas turbines. Maximum speed at 45 knots. Built by Shanghai Simno marine Limited, under licenses from Boeing.

*Austal 48: 47.5m length, 55.8 tonnes, 418 passengers cartamaran. Propelled by waterjets powered by quadruple diesel engines, rated at 2320kW each. Cruising speed at 42.5 knots. Built by Austal Shipyard of Australia.

Rented vessels

*Wavemaster SuperFast 39m: 39m length, 300 passengers cartamaran. Propelled by waterjets powered by twin diesel engines, rated at 1580kW each. Maximum speed at 36 knots. Built by Wavemaster International Proprietary Limited Company.
*Wavemaster SuperFast 48m: 48m length, 385 passengers cartamaran. Propelled by waterjets powered by twin diesel engines, rated at 1960kW each. Maximum speed at 48 knots. Built by Wavemaster International Proprietary Limited Company.

Vessels information

Splendid China

Splendid China is a comprehensive miniature park reflecting the history, culture, art, ancient architecture, and customs and habits of various nationalities in China. It is one of the world's largest scenery parks in the amount of scenarios reproduced. The park is developed and managed by the major travel and tourist corporation, China Travel Services.

Location and traveling there

Splendid China is situated by the Shenzhen Bay in a tourist area of Oversea Chinese Town in Shenzhen, Special Economic Zone of China. It is a 35-40 minute train ride from Lo Wu metro station , or 30 minutes by bus .

About the park

Over 100 major tourist attractions have been miniaturized and laid out according to the map of China. Most attractions have been reduced on a scale of 1:15. It is divided into Scenic Spot Area and Comprehensive Service Area. The entire park covers 30 hectares.

There are cars and trains to transport visitors around the park, making it possible to visit the Great Wall of China, Forbidden City, Temple of heaven, Three Gorges Dam, Potala Palace and the Terracotta Army in one day.

The park also hosts several shows depicting various events in Chinese History , Chinese Cultural Show, etc. Some of the shows are only performed on weekends.

Other information

A was also built in Orlando, Florida in 1993. It featured similar models of The Great Wall of China, Terra Cotta Warriors, The Forbidden City and Potala Palace. The park closed in 2003.

Asteroid 3088 Jinxiuzhonghua named after the park in Shenzhen.

Chinese Folk Culture Village is adjacent to the park in Shenzhen.

Soviet aircraft carrier Minsk

''Minsk'' is an aircraft carrier that served the Soviet Navy, and later the Russian Navy, from 1978 to 1994. She was the second -class vessel to be built.


''Minsk'' was laid down in 1972, launched on 30 September 1975, completed on 27 September 1978, and decommissioned on 30 June 1993.

Minsk operated in the Pacific Fleet. She had to be retired as a result of a major accident which could only be repaired at Chernomorksi's facility, located in the newly-independent Ukraine. In 1995 she was sold to a South Korean businessman, and later resold to ''Shenzhen Minsk Aircraft Carrier Industry Co. Ltd.'', a company. Until 2006, when the company went bankrupt, ''Minsk'' was part of a military theme park in Shatoujiao district, Shenzhen called Minsk World. The aircraft carrier was put up for auction on 22 March 2006. No bids at the starting price of 128 million were received, so the carrier was withdrawn from sale. On 31 May 2006, the Soviet aircraft carrier was finally auctioned off in Shenzhen for 128 million RMB to CITIC Shenzhen, the current operator.

Shenzhen Yucai

Shenzhen Yucai School is a school in Shekou, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.

Founded in 1983, Shenzhen Yucai school has been developed into a regional education system consists of primary schools, middle schools and technical sections.

Shenzhen Xiangxue Eisiti

Shenzhen Xiangxue Eisiti , previously named Shenzhen Kingway and Shenzhen Jianlibao, is a Chinese Super League club, playing at the Shenzhen Stadium in Shenzhen, Guangdong province. They are owned by Beijing Huizhong Tianheng Investment Company, which bought out Jianlibao Group in November 2004. Their Head Coach is Wang Baoshan.

They caused an upset by winning the first ever Chinese Super League season despite financial problems. Their coach Zhu Guanghu was subsequently awarded the coach of the year award and was appointed head coach of the national team.

Since Zhu's departure for the national team, however, the team has fallen from grace and only managed a twelfth placing in the second season. The new coach was Chi Shangbin, who led the team into the ACL, but resigned due to player power, especially from then-captain Li Weifeng and senior player Yang Chen. Chi was unhappy due to the senior players' influence over the team and excessive gambling and tried to regain control of the squad, but Li Weifeng punched out Chi's office window and Yang Chen repeatedly told Chi of the uselessness of his efforts. Despite the chaos, Shenzhen famously reached the semifinals after defeating Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli after losing the first leg in Jeddah. They were heavily defeated by UAE champions Al Ain FC in the semifinals.


*1994-1995 Shenzhen FC 深圳足球俱乐部
*1996 Shenzhen Feiyada 深圳飞亚达
*1997-98 Shenzhen Ping'an 深圳平安
*1999 Shenzhen Ping'an Insurance 深圳平安保險
*2000-01 Shenzhen Ping'an Kejian 深圳平安科健
*2002 Shenzhen Ping'an Insurance 深圳平安保險
*2003-05 Shenzhen Jianlibao 深圳健力宝
*2006-07 Shenzhen Kingway 深圳金威
*2007- Shenzhen Shangqingyin深圳上清饮


* Chinese Super League Champions
* CSL Cup Runners-up
* Jia A Runners-up
* Jia B Champions
* Jia B Runners-up

Current squad

''As of 2 April, 2008''

Famous players

* Li Weifeng
* Li Yi
* Zheng Zhi
* Yang Chen
* Li Leilei
* Bertin Tomou
* Miguel Miranda
* Paul Rideout
* Eliphas Shivute
* Wilfred Mugeyi
* Sergey Nagornyak
* Djima Oyawolé
* Zoltan Kovacs
* Bogdan Zajac