ShenZhen is the only place in Guan Dong province that Mandarin is dominant language. That means more emigrants than the local, and I am among one of them. Hunanese and Henanese are the largest two group of emigrants. So if you are here looking for a delicious Cantonese restaurant, you are doomed to be disappointed. Here you can try Hunan dishes, and of course there are very nice ones.
I was lucky that my uncle took me to down town and treated me to a very nice local dish. As we all know Cantonese are the most gluttonous people in China. Find a real one in either Hong Kong or Guanzhou.
art in your bag
find everything from remote controlled cars to lingerie at the luohu shopping mall right outside the immigration/train station going to hong kong.
there are also massage centers and beauty salons here.
of course there are numerous fake brand bags which shops sell for about 1/4 the price of the original bags and they claim are "class A" imitations but i would rather go for a nice unique bag like this one in th epicture.
dont forget to haggle hard! anything and everything u fancy well lets put it this way, with RMB500 was able to buy incense, two bags, a pair of shoes, sleepwear and innerwear, and jogging pants with matching sweatshirt.
Japanese lunch in Shenzhen
Another short story here.
After having visited the company's headquarters, shown in my off the beaten path tips, we have been brought to their canteen. That is another big building. The ground floor was a large hall with nothing in, no doors and just an elevator. Remember the "Men in black" movie?
OK we took that elevator to the 1st floor, the doors opened and two lines of waitresses were there bowing to us. "My God, where are we?" I thought. I am no accustomed to such politeness.
The guide, a petite chinese girl, drove us to a VIP room (VIP? me??).
There was a table there layed japanese stile.
I HATE japanese food...
No forks, knives, spoons, just sticks.
Chinese people are among the kindest I have ever met, very interested to hosts' comfort and so on, and it would a been a tragedy for the guide if we would have not appreciated the cuisine.
We decided to survive and to avoid her harakiri.
It has been dramatic, but not for he food, but for the sticks. Many of us tried to pretend they were not hungry, even if the would have easily eaten a bear, to avoid unpleasant adventures with sticks. They have been finally forced (by me, bastard...) to eat.
THe guide was phlegmatic, maybe used to these misadventures, but waitresses were smiling and laughing at us.
The most funny thing has been when the waitresses brought one small teapot, very hot and CLOSED.
One guy from Milan had a drop of it, became dark red, and said "Wonderful!" Stupid guy. We thought he was red for tea temperature and so I poured out a bit of it. A strong smell of fish was clearly coming out of that tea. I glanced my neighbour and tried it.
I adviced him and insulted in italian, always smiling, obviously, the guy from Milan.
I opened the teapot. There was boiled fish and shrimps in it, it was not tea, but the water in which the fish was boiled...
I have the utmost respect of the foreign habits, including cuisine, but that was definitely too much for me...
Don't like Shen Zhen??
Saw a lot of people write about Shen Zhen. I don't know where the heck they are going. My home is in a good area of Shen Zhen. Ya Lots of old. Los Angeles has crapy area as well. Do people just go there to find the worst areas???
My area of Shen Zhen is fine. They have wonderfull hospital. What kids coming up to you?? Do let them bother you.
we went to shenzhen using the train from hongkong....u have to go to immigration for visa checking and u have to wait n fall in line for so long since so many tourist are coming in and out ...make sure u can carry all your baggages cause u have to walk and going down to stairs is really hard cause they dont have an escalators...the people here cant hardly understand englisg..even basic...!!!