Shenzhen in one day
Replies: 15 - Last Post: Oct 16, 2012 7:25 PM Last Post By: Johnny
Oct 11, 2012 3:42 PM
Shenzhen in one dayHi,
In my plans there's a day, two nights, in Shenzhen. The main reason is for comparing with Hong Kong, next city in the itinerary. Really my knowledge over Shenzhen hardly ever goes farther from a half of the mobiles are made there. Do you can see is a rising world capital? If yes, how and where? Is better than HK for shopping? More suggestions? All people I know who have been in Shenzhen has had bussines reasons for it. I'd like to know the other charms.
Oct 11, 2012 4:43 PM
Oct 12, 2012 12:19 AM
2"All people I know who have been in Shenzhen has had bussines reasons for it. I'd like to know the other charms."
Shenzhen does have some charms, but they take more time to discover. You won't really get much of a feel for the place in one day and two nights.
Best to just go to Shenzhen for business, and spend your touring time in Hong Kong.
Oct 12, 2012 5:01 AM
3Shenzhen's got folks from all over China, and a large middle class. That means it's a great place to eat, and sample just about any type of Chinese -- or foreign -- food you fancy. So spend your time eating, then eat again. When you're not eating, talk about what you ate or what you're going to eat. You are in China, after all.
Oct 12, 2012 7:35 PM
Oct 12, 2012 7:36 PM
5Shenzhen is not, and never will be, a "rising world capital." End thread.
Oct 12, 2012 11:23 PM
6"The main reason is for comparing with Hong" I might use "contrasting", better than comparing. I repeat, my knowledge over Shenzhen is almost zero. Remembering, at the end of the former century, trips to Shanghai or Bangalore I have to recognize there were highlights. Something really big was being born!. Apart of "10000 engineers' Tower" from the company Huawei must be also changes in ways of life wich possibly can be sensed , even in the most superficial way.
Oct 13, 2012 12:50 AM
7Shenzhen has a certain "buzz". Walk (or lurch/shove/push) down Huaqianbei Lu on a Sunday and you'll sense a city on the go - overwhelmingly young. Shopping, I find, is very disappointing, unless you're after fake handbags & DVDs!!
Oct 16, 2012 4:09 AM
8At last, somebody has something positive to say about Shenzhen. "Buzz" is the kind of thing I was looking for. Much more important than pre-HK shopping. Thanks
Oct 16, 2012 5:48 AM
9You never said anything about shopping, but if you want to be in a typical mall full of crap, you can find plenty junk to buy like any other city in China. There is no point in buying designer/import luxury there as its less expensive in HK at the boutiques.
Oct 16, 2012 9:04 AM
10You shouldn't try to compare Shenzhen to Hong Kong because they're very different.
Shenzhen is one of the most quickly developing cities in Asia, if not the world. 40 years ago it was nothing but a few small fishing villages, now it's a city of 14 million people (that's the last official figure I've seen. It's almost certainly far more than that.)
I lived there for six years, and am very fond of the place because I had a lot of fun there. I go back every couple of months to see friends, and every time it's changed and grown.
It's a monster, basically. But a relatively clean one by Chinese standards,
and they're not doing badly with the infrastructure bearing in mind that they're making it up as they go along.
Things to do in Shenzhen:
Don't waste your time buying cheap crap in Luo Hu Commercial Centre.
Do check out the subway, and pop up at random points to see what they're like.
Do try to get around overground to see some of the architecture. You might not like it, but it's some of the most modern architecture in the world.
Don't waste your short time there with a theme park.
Enjoy it for what it is, is my advice.
Oct 16, 2012 9:22 AM
Oct 16, 2012 3:46 PM
12Urm, it's a Chinese city with around 20 million people. I think it's reasonable to expect crowded sidewalks sometimes SoloHobo.
If you really can't imagine what the subway is like, I'll tell you. It's clean, efficient and modern. Anybody who has used the subway in Shanghai, Guangzhou or Beijing (let alone London, Paris or New York) would be pleasantly surprised. The worst thing about it is that the stops are too close together so it's rather slow.
Also don't forget that Shenzhen covers a huge area incorporating many different and varied suburbs. Nanshan is nothing like Boa'an for example, and Shekou and Luo Hu could be in different cities.
Oct 16, 2012 4:03 PM
You can say that again.
It's added 6 million people between post 11 and post 13.
That is quick.
True; the subway is clean.... Because it's new. I imagine the subways in Shenyang/Changchun/etc will be clean as well.... To start with.
My problem with Shenzhen is that it is soul-less, not that it isn't modern or efficent. I find it hard to believe that anyone goes to a city specifically to "check out a subway" as it's just a means of transportation so, if you don't go there to shop or visit crappy theme-parks (Of which Shenzhen has a plethora), what do you go there for?
Oct 16, 2012 4:34 PM
14Shenzhen is 10 million total, with 5 million of that Urban, the rest are surrounding. The city is basically about 25 years old. Prior to 1980, like most China's modern new cities, it was just a port and peasants.
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