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Old August 25th, 2013, 04:56 PM   #141
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Oh of course I saw the site. I just didn't know what it was. All you see from the street level is just the fence and some cranes.
Too bad I'll be there earlier than December. It looks amazing in those visuals.
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Old August 25th, 2013, 06:03 PM   #142
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Oh of course I saw the site. I just didn't know what it was. All you see from the street level is just the fence and some cranes.
Too bad I'll be there earlier than December. It looks amazing in those visuals.
There is a thread for the supertall in that project

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1505398
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Old August 26th, 2013, 03:17 AM   #143
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Futian CBD

Back to the street level in Futian. Lianhuashan Park might not be the best spot for excellent skyline views (not that it's bad... It's actually great. It's just that there are better locations for that) but it is very close to the core urban areas and it's a great example of a well designed green urban oasis right in the heart of a megacity

Jintian Road near Lianhuashan Park and Children's Palace
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Back to the interesting low-rise structure which I mentioned before. Shenzhen Cultural Center which includes Shenzhen Library and Shenzhen Concert Hall. Designed by the renowned Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. It is a very interesting and very unique design. Probably one of the best pieces of lowrise architecture in Shenzhen (along with the stunning T3 of Shenzhen Airport and the Shenzhen Bay stadium). Especially the glass roof structure (not just from the outside but from inside too)
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Surrounding area (Fuzhong 1st Road)
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Futian CBD

Next to Shenzhen Cultural Center with Civic Center in sight. The entire vast surrounding area around all those objects (Civic Center, Cultural Center, Children's palace) is an open pedestrian public space. Additional pedestrian path is built on an elevated bridge which I walked before to Lianhuashan park
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Shenzhen Cultural Center once again
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Look at the facial expressions of those two guys
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Old August 26th, 2013, 02:55 PM   #145
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Theres truly an epic amount of greenery in Shenzhen! Out of curiousity can you sit down in one of those parks with a beer?
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Theres truly an epic amount of greenery in Shenzhen! Out of curiousity can you sit down in one of those parks with a beer?
Sure you can. I'm not sure about the exact legal status of that but from my personal perception Chinese cities seem to be drinking-friendly. Only that in this weather (30-35C during summer) I barely wanted anything else than water or cold green tea. Beer was only for the late evening. Shenzhen, unlike some other cities has very lush greenery which looks like a jungle where you can 'disappear' without a chance of ever being seen. In many places you can do much more than just drinking beer without attracting too much attention.
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Old August 27th, 2013, 01:37 AM   #148
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Night walk along Shenzhen Bay

The next installment is a short night walk from OCT LOFT to the seashore where Shenzhen Hongshulin Ecological Park is located. It is a waterfront park that is part of what is a continuous 9km seaside parkland area along Shenzhen Bay. It is really amazing how much attention Shenzhen is paying to urban parks and recreational areas. I totally love it. Few of those who have not been to Shenzhen realize that it is not just about countless highrise apartments and wide avenues. Shenzhen, among other things, is about greenery, parks, parks and even more parks and greenery. Day and night.

I went there late in the evening (around 21.00 hours) and the place was buzzing with people. It is not a primary panoramic spot but you can see some interesting views of Shenzhen and Hong Kong which is on the opposite side of the Deep Bay

Hong Kong seen from the pedestrian pathway along Shenzhen Bay waterfront
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Apartment towers (Shenzhen)
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New luxury apartments U/C
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Art gallery near Shennan Avenue
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OCT-LOFT

One more glimpse at Shenzhen's arts quarter OCT-LOFT where factory buildings from the 80's were converted into art galleries and workshops, restaurants, hotels and apartments. It could be called Shenzhen's equivalent of Shanghai's M50. It seems to be one of the most desirable and probably one of the more expensive locations in Shenzhen

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Great name for a... furniture shop
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The area has a very romantic and cozy post-industrial feeling to it surrounded by lush greenery. Certainly one of the most successful and funkiest urban projects in Shenzhen

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Place to sit down and have a rest surrounded by decaying concrete
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Old August 30th, 2013, 02:59 AM   #155
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Original Shenzhen

The following set of photos is from Luohu around the original city center of Shenzhen. It feels somewhat different from Futian CBD or Houhai in Nanshan. This is what could be called the old town of Shenzhen which is... 30 years old (although most buildings are probably younger than that). Although in Shenzhen years it should add at least one more 0 which makes it something like 300 years old. Not too bad.


The 'standard' view of Shennan East Road near Shun Hing Square. This has been the showcase view of modern Shenzhen for many years (maybe 15 or so)
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KK100. The tallest (442m) and the baddest skyscraper in Shenzhen for the time being (until Ping An gets built). Very beautiful skyscraper, imo. Designed by Terry Farrell and Partners
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A pretty girl crossing the street. I DO NOT have any idea what she was carrying in her mought and it most certainly did not have anything to do with me in case anyone wondered
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Original Shenzhen

It is compulsory to pay a tribute to what used to be the main landmark of Shenzhen: Shun Hing Square. 325 meters tall (or even 384 if you inculde those 'spires') and still going strong in the skyline views. It has to be said this is not the most tasteful or elegant skyscraper design (albeit, not the worst either) but this is history and it shall be honored. There is also an observation deck at one of the top floors
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Shennan East Road again
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The old Shenzhen Stock Exchange building. The new building has been build in Futian CBD
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BK. I could not resist. Whopper was as great as ever
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German merchandise doing well in China
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Public plaza and entrance to underground pedestrian crossing
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Hospital on Bao'an South Road
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Pedestrian pavement on Bao'an South Road
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I tried to photograph some aspects of driving in Shenzhen (and Chinese cities in general, I suppose). In words it could be described as following: the car on the left does an 'U' turn at the intersection. It starts maneuvering because there is no space for a 'U' turn. The car to the right from it is honking like there is no tomorrow. The second car to the right is also honking like mad...
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...meanwhile the car from the left approaches and starts honking. Meanwhile [2] the second car starts doing a 'U' turn (white Ford Focus). By that time all cars in the photo (except the two doing the 'U' turn) are honking non-stop. Why? Just WHY on fu**ing planet earth they ever do that (both turning and honking)? Not that I'm trying to bash or criticize anything or anyone but I'm just curious. Why, just WHY?
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Nearby there is a bridge over Shenzhen River. It seems like the river is undergoing a clean-up process. It is a good idea because until now it looked (and still does look if you peek over that fence) filthy. I read about a number of different proposals of the cleanup but not sure which one has been chosen
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