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On a hot summer day, I sought refuge in a well-air-conditioned Shenzhen Museum, a must-see in the city. The city's real story began when Deng Xiaopeng created the country's first Special Economic Zone here. China's economic reforms began here.



The museum is divided into a number of galleries. This exhibition displays calligraphy supplies mostly from the Ming and Qing Dynasties.













This exhibition on Tang Dynasty relics showcases how women of that era looked like. They were fat, a symbol of wealth with plenty to eat, and wore long robes.











While the main port was further upstream in Guangzhou, the locals still looked to the sea. There were also defense structures along the mouth of the Pearl River in Shenzhen.











The museum overlaps with Hong Kong many times, especially since the Opium Wars were common to the region. Sha Tau Kok is a border area where merchants from both sides met to trade.



The bonds of yesteryear require ripping off one of the coupons to actually receive the coupon payment.



The Shau Tau Kok fish lantern festival is an annual event that originated in the late Ming / early Qing Dynasty to pray for a good fish harvest and safety when fishermen are out at sea. About 20 dancers would carry these fish lanterns, each with its own representation, such as pirates.







Located on the west side of town, Shekou is a bit off-the-beaten-track for tourists. It is an upscale neighbourhood where many expatriates live. Just like the rest of the city, everything is new and well-planned. A new subway line to this area opened in 2010, and there is a bridge border crossing to Hong Kong.



There is plenty of construction happening along the subway line.



































More 2014 photos on my website : http://www.globalphotos.org/shenzhen.htm
 

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Nice pictures of this cool metropolis! Is it still possible to get a visa at the chinese border as a European (Swedish) citizen? I plan to visit Hongkong this winter and want to take a daytrip or 2 to Shenzhen. :)
 

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Nice pictures of this cool metropolis! Is it still possible to get a visa at the chinese border as a European (Swedish) citizen? I plan to visit Hongkong this winter and want to take a daytrip or 2 to Shenzhen. :)
I have seen them talk about it on Tripadvisor but cannot find an official source for this.
 
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