Magazine article Geographical

Size Matters

Magazine article Geographical

Size Matters

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Shenzhen, one of China's Special Economic Zones (SEZ), was once little more than a Wild West-style border town -- all concrete and dust, immigrants and heavy labour. Now it is a thriving metropolis rivalling neighbouring Hong Kong for the height of its skyscrapers. West of the city, following the lazy sweep of Shenzhen Bay, lies one of the most remarkable theme parks in Asia. `Window on the World' is an attraction which embodies all of China's subconscious striving to be accepted as a part of the larger international community. Faithfully rendered scale copies of attractions from all the continents have been built on the 480,000 sq.m location. But should, after touring Window on the World, the overseas sightseer wonder at how modest the host nation has been in excluding the wonders of its own vast country, worry not. Scale versions of Tian'anmen Square, The Three Gorges, and The Great Wall can be found just up the road, in a park devoted entirely to itself: `Splendid China'.

Photojournalist Chris Stowers takes us on a world tour

In the course of an afternoon's stroll one can take in the slopes of Mount Fuji, be photographed in front of the Great Pyramids, canoe down the Grand Canyon, soar like a giant above the streets of Manhattan, hear the thunderous roar of Niagara Falls, ponder the ancient mysteries of Stonehenge, sip a beer at a bierkeller along an authentically cobbled European Street and much more. Spectacular daily dance shows bring glitter and pizzaz to the otherwise drab concrete signature of Shenzhen's sprawling suburbs, an event that the city's residents, who make up the majority of visitors to the park, seem to relish with glee

Europe lies at the centre of the Window on the World, and includes miniature replicas of famous palaces, churches and castles. …

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