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Old April 20th, 2011, 07:25 PM   #61
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Originally Posted by mthmchris View Post
Yep, Guangzhou is one of my favorite cities in mainland China as well.

Shenzhen's great (I live there currently), but a word of advice for anyone going there - the best parts of the city are the older "villages" with the handshake buildings. I suppose because Shenzhen never had access to the same level of government financing that comparably wealthy cities like Beijing and Shanghai had, the government has only been able to get the clout to demolish a handful of those villages.

So man, are those areas vibrant. I have never, ever, seen places with the same energy as some of those places - and I lived in Hong Kong for a while. I mean, even the alleys are packed with life. And while the old neighborhoods in Shanghai and Beijing are either demolished, slummy, or preserved in lacquer for tourists, the old neighborhoods in Futian are flourishing. They are endlessly fascinating mazes of restaurants (of all price ranges), shops, massage parlors, street food, hair salons, whorehouses, and groceries. They are vibrant and upwardly mobile - the streets seem to grow richer by the day.

The next time you go, stroll around Shuiwei (水围村) or Xiasha (下沙村) - both in Futian. They're incredible, and some of my favorite places in Asia, period.

Wow, vibrancy on par with Hong Kong? Nice! Any pics/more info (on another thread if you want)? That would be amazing to see that China has another place that has similar vibrancy and density to somewhere like Hong Kong!
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