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Old August 20th, 2013, 04:30 AM   #101
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I will continue with some mixed street level views starting with area around Cuizhu Park then briefly back to OCT and a few attempts to take some pictures in Futian CBD which I had to eventually cancel because of the rain

Cuizhu Road with shopfronts on the street level. This is rather common layout of Shenzhen's street level
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New fairly expensive cars with no number plates also seem to be a common sight (although not nearly as much as in Shanghai). It could be one of those 'Only in China' things.
I really wonder what is the exact reason for that? The guy who spent so much money on a car (which costs more than 2x of the typical European price due to extortionate Chinese taxes on luxury cars) cannot afford to get a registration? Or is he waiting in a queue?
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Old August 20th, 2013, 04:41 AM   #102
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OCT

Qiaocheng East Street near OCT. Once again some typical Shenzhen street level planning here with lots of space and greenery
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Art @OCT LOFT
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I'll be back to OCT once again a little later
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Old August 20th, 2013, 04:45 AM   #103
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Futian CBD

That very same evening I decided to go out to Futian CBD to try take some night pictures

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Old August 20th, 2013, 04:50 AM   #104
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Futian CBD

Civic Square which is a big open space next to the Civic Center
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It was raining and the only reasonable location seemed to be under the roof of the Civic Center. Despite the rain and lack of specific activities in the area at that time of day there seemed to be quite many people around doing all kinds of activities from dancing to simply urban picnics with food and drink
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Old August 20th, 2013, 08:15 AM   #105
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I like futian cbd very much. I think when u drive in the shennan avenue, across the middle of futian cbd, a huge grass space, u know that. U can not use words to explain that feeling.
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Old August 20th, 2013, 12:55 PM   #106
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I will continue with some mixed street level views starting with area around Cuizhu Park then briefly back to OCT and a few attempts to take some pictures in Futian CBD which I had to eventually cancel because of the rain

Cuizhu Road with shopfronts on the street level. This is rather common layout of Shenzhen's street level
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Almost like Indonesia again (minus the apartments , Chinese licenseplates and characters , and wide sidewalks) .
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Old August 20th, 2013, 04:31 PM   #107
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Almost like Indonesia again (minus the apartments , Chinese licenseplates and characters , and wide sidewalks) .
U should go to shenzhen then talk about this, very different.
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Old August 21st, 2013, 03:37 AM   #108
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Futian CBD and Lianhuashan Park

The following day I decided to go back to Futian CBD which is now the 'center' of Shenzhen (it kinda fits this definition from a geographical point of view as well). In reality, however it's not the same as the downtown or city center in American or European sense.

Originally the 'center' of Shenzhen was (and you can say still is) in Luohu district, about 6km to the East. It was where Shenzhen started developing and where the original city center is today.

Futian could be called the 'new Center' or 'new CBD'. There are countless new skyscrapers and other big stuff going up on a massive scale.

To make it more complex Shenzhen is developing another 'new center' (Qianhai Water City) about 16km to the West and planning yet another one near Shenzhen North Station which is 9km to the North. So there are quite a few CBDs and 'city centers' to choose from. If not right now then surely in the future. It is a multi-core city in its real meaning. This, however, to differing extents can be said about some other cities across Asia including Tokyo, Bangkok, Shanghai and perhaps a number of others. The European definition of 'city center' pretty much looses its purpose and sense here


Fuhua Road near the Exhibition and Convention Center. You can see the crane which is building the 660m Ping An Center which will become China's tallest skyscraper
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Fuhua 1st Road which is not the same as the road in the previous picture but parallel to it one block apart
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Entrance to the park which is between Fuhua 1st Road and Shennan Avenue. I don't know what's the name of the park (it doesn't have one maybe)
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Old August 21st, 2013, 03:42 AM   #109
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Futian CBD and Lianhuashan Park

More views around the area. Futian CBD is largely built (visually at least) but there are many more constructions of skyscrapers and infrastructure taking place. It will take another few years for everything to be complete
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Old August 21st, 2013, 03:53 AM   #110
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Futian CBD and Lianhuashan Park

I know I know... China is no different

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Pedestrian walk along Jintian Road flyover wich crosses Shennan Avenue
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Shenzhen Stock Exchange Plaza designed by Rem Koolhaas and rising to 246 meters and 51 floors. It's one of the more interesting and unique new skyscrapers
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Old August 21st, 2013, 04:02 AM   #111
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Futian CBD and Lianhuashan Park

Part of the Civic Square in the front of the Civic Center is made into a park...
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...some of which looks like an attempt to make a 'fake' swamp . What a creative idea. I was to the same place in the night and all you hear around is some animals (I would guess frogs or toads) making funny quacking and creaking sounds. It feels a little surreal once you remember that this is actually the central point of the CBD surrounded by skyscrapers
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Highrises seen from the Civic Square. Ping An Center is rising there too
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Old August 21st, 2013, 04:11 AM   #112
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Futian CBD and Lianhuashan Park

Lianhuashan Park which is yet another pretty large (a bit smaller in area than London Hyde Park) urban park incorporating a big hill. It has a statue of Deng Xiaoping on the top (it's actually visible in the photo). A man who initiated the reform policy where Shenzhen was the forefront runner. There surely is a good reason for this man to be respected in China and especially in Shenzhen
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People enjoying a day out
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Spot two supertalls here
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They're right here: KK100 and Shun Hing Square
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Old August 21st, 2013, 01:24 PM   #113
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Is there any pedestrian commercial area in Shenzen? In that case, do you have any pictures of it?
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Shenzhen seems quite nice but world's most beautiful city is quite a ridiculous claim, maybe in the future it will be a world class city. Certain areas look nice but the majority of the city is filled with ugly apartment blocks
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which are you referring to? the pink dressed lady? the car accident? or the guy on the background?
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Old August 21st, 2013, 04:51 PM   #116
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Is there any pedestrian commercial area in Shenzen? In that case, do you have any pictures of it?
one of such areas is Dongmen in Luohu, Shenzhen's "old town"
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which are you referring to? the pink dressed lady? the car accident? or the guy on the background?
The lady is the driver of the car.
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Did you offer to help her?
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Shenzhen seems quite nice but world's most beautiful city is quite a ridiculous claim, maybe in the future it will be a world class city. Certain areas look nice but the majority of the city is filled with ugly apartment blocks
Beauty is a subjective term. Is Singapore more beautiful than Paris? Yes and no depending on who you are and what you like.

There are some rather objective terms though. That would include public spaces, greenery and landscaping, public transport, architecture quality and many other things that make a city 'good'... or 'beautiful' as some might call it. In this respect Shenzhen is indeed already one of the best cities in the world. There is no other big city which has done nearly as much for landscaping and greenery, for instance. That is important for a city.
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Did you offer to help her?
How do you think I could have helped her?
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