Greetings from Shenzhen

Babo made it over the border and spent a day in Shenzhen.

Shenzhen

It’s another interesting place. 29 years ago it was a fishing village and now it has a population of about 14 million and is the major financial centre of Southern China – lots of modern buildings here including the Spring Cocoon where Babo is – it’s a sports centre and the University Games were held here in 2011.

University-Olympics

Once again Babo is impressed with how clean the streets are.

Window-watching

But his favourite thing to do is look at the buses. All the buses in Hong Kong and China are pretty double deckers.

pretty-buses

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9 Responses to Greetings from Shenzhen

  1. Lauri says:

    What a fantastic building!
    It’s nice to know the streets are clean! It looks lovely!

  2. Lurkertype says:

    My brother had a friend who lived there and I used to read his blog. It was crazy there, esp. with the fast growth.

    Apparently in the non-tourist areas, it’s filthy. I used to shudder at his descriptions.

    He worked for a newspaper, so obviously his ideas about what could and couldn’t be printed rather differed from their assigned minder’s idea. They still haven’t got that whole “free press” idea.

    • Jane says:

      Lived in China or in Shenzhen in particular? It has a bit more freedom than other areas as it was the first place set up as a Special Economic Zone and a lot of experimentation with reform goes on there. Our guide was surprisingly open about their lack of freedom, years ago she probably wouldn’t have been able to be. She had a good sense of humour about what must be a difficult situation to live in.

  3. homebody says:

    SB98122 is envious of the bus-spotting opportunities!

  4. M-----l says:

    The building in the second picture looks like a close-up of the foil head on my Braun 6520 shaver.

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