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    Shenzhen CBD

    by cal6060 Updated Oct 13, 2013

    Shenzhen CBD is a short form of the Shenzhen Central Business District. The development of the CBD is well planned based on the Chinese Feng Shui as I have seen in other Chinese Cities. The district is built south of Lianhuashan or Lian Hua Mountain (莲华山), where you can see the magnificent views of the city. Children's Palace, Civil Center, and the Convention and Exhibition Center are built in a straight line. I walked from the Convention and Exhibition Center to the Civil Centre by passing by an underground Shopping mall, Central Walk Square, then a green park in the center, where residences can walk their dogs or pets in a green space. Once I was out from North side of the Park, I crossed an underground pedestrian walkway to reach the Civil Centre. It has great views of the city skyscrapers on the side road near the Civil Centre. It is a short walk between the Civil Centre to the Children's Palace. From the Children Palace, I walked across the street I saw people were flying their kites. There are many lychee trees around the Lian Hua Shan Park. I slowly walked up the hill to reach the peak of Lian Hua Shan to enjoy the city views. It is free to enter the viewing platform with Deng Xiao Ping's statue. If you come around 17:30 to 18:00, you will see the daylight views, the sunset, and the evening skylines.

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    City Park with local residents and an officer. The Central Walk Square City skyscrapers near Convention and Exhibition Cr View near the Civil Center. The Civil Center from the viewing platform.
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    Shenzhen CBD: The Children's Palace

    by cal6060 Updated Oct 13, 2013

    The Shenzhen Children's Palace has a modern and futuristic building structure nearby the Lianhuashan Park. It is a great place to stop either to enjoy the city skyline or visit the Children of Shenzhen. It is a short walk to Lianhuanshan Park, where you can see families and children flying kites in the green space of Lianhuashan Park.

    In Chinese: 少年宫, shao nian gong

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    OCT Bay

    by cal6060 Updated Oct 13, 2013

    I believe this is the latest shopping and entertainment center of Shenzhen. OCT Bay is modern, creative, and with the touch of contemporary Chinese design in mind. OCT Bay is actually a man-made harbor with Water Show Theatre, Dream Aquarium, Children Amusement Park, International Movie Theater, Shopping Malls, and restaurants. Restaurants, clubs and pubs are built along canals with bridges and alleys. It is amazing to see how beautiful the entire project built with the blend of modern building lifestyles and the traditional Chinese garden. This is the ideal place for Children during the day and adult for nightlife in the evening.

    If you enjoy modern architectural building of China, look out for The Shenzhen Tourist Information Center Building, OCT Creative Exhibition Center Building. and China Film International Movie Club.

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    Shenzhen CBD: Wong Tee Plaza & Buildings

    by cal6060 Updated Oct 13, 2013

    Walking around the Shenzhen CBD in the evening, you won't miss a few buildings with magnificent lights like the Wong Tee Building and Excellent Century Center Building. In the center of these buildings is an open space square with shopping malls, restaurants, cafes. These buildings are either hotels or offices.

    I was here during on 30 Dec 2012, there was a rehearsal for the New Year countdown event in here. I did not see any big star attending the rehearsal, but they were announcing the big names during rehearsal. So, I think it was an important event for the New Year Countdown 2013 of Shenzhen.

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    Lianhuashan Park: Statue of Deng Xiaoping

    by cal6060 Updated Oct 13, 2013

    Statue of Deng Xiaoping is located on a hill top of Lianhuashan, next to the viewing platform of Lianhuashan. It is cast in bronze, 6 meters high statue stands on a 3.68 meter high pedestal. The Statue's face is facing the south and the background is a row of tall tower was shaped green evergreen cypress.

    Deng Xiaoping is a revolutionary leader in the Chinese communist party that opening up and reforming the economy to a new era. Shenzhen was selected as one of the cities in the reform. People of Shenzhen give great respect to this revolutionary leader especially when they see the advance development of Shenzhen today.

    On November 14 ,2000 afternoon, President Jiang Zemin pulling ribbons, slowly opened the cover on the statue above the red silk to show in front of the people. It was the first day the public see the statue.

    In Chinese: 邓小平塑像, Deng Xiao Ping Su Xiang.

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    Lianhuashan Park: Viewing Platform

    by cal6060 Written Oct 12, 2013

    Viewing Platform at Lianhuashan Park is the place not to miss if you are into photography. This hill top platform allows you to spot the most beautiful skyline of the Shenzhen Metropolitan CBD. It was my second time visiting here in 2012. After the first visit in 2004, I always wanted to return to see the views here. It is like going to the Peak in Hong Kong or the Bund in Shanghai, where you can get the best spot of the city. There is no admission charge to enter here cause it is a public park of Lianhuashan. If you come around 18:00, you can catch the sunset and the evening views of the city.

    The challenge to visit the viewing platform is to walk up the hill between 15 to 20 minutes. There is no public transport or cable car to get you up there.

    There is a big statue of Deng Xiaoping beside the viewing platform.

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    Shenzhen Civil Center

    by cal6060 Updated Oct 12, 2013

    The Shenzhen Civil Center is located in the center of Shenzhen CBD or Futian. Its unique and modern architectural building shapes like a pair of bird wing. It is an iconic structural building of Shenzhen. It consists of government offices, community center and hall, and the Shezhen museum. The Shenzhen Library, Shenzhen Concert Hall and The Shenzhen Book Mall are nearby the Civil Center.

    If you walk further north, you will see the Children's Palace.

    Have a panoramic view of the Civil Center from the viewing platform of Lian Hua Mountain.

    In Chinese: 市民中心, Shi Ming Zhong Xin

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    Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Centre

    by cal6060 Written Oct 12, 2013

    Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Centre is located south of Shenzhen CBD. It is the largest indoor convention and exhibition hall for the city. It has 220,000 square meters in total land area. It is a modern architectural building that link with the city metro line 1 & 4. It is often used as an important international trade exhibition and conventional venue for both local and international events. Visiting the Convention & Exhibition Centre would give you an overall modern metropolitan feel of the area cause it is surrounded by city skyscrapers, modern pedestrian bridges, underground shopping malls, cafes and restaurants.

    I was there during a 2013 Chinese New Year Discount Fair. I was very crowded and a great bargain for winter cloths, bags, food and etc.

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    OCT Bay: China Film International Movie Club

    by cal6060 Written Oct 11, 2013

    China File International Movie Club Building is located in Southeast of OCT Bay. This is one of the unique buildings in OCT Bay. Basically, this is a modern Cineplex, also categorized as first five stars Cineplex in China. I don't know there is a star rating meant for their cinema, but one thing I know its tickets are very expensive to watch a movie in this cinema. This could be the venue for launching a movie in Shenzhen, and the rich and famous would come here for ceremonies.

    I simply enjoyed the building and art surrounding the building.

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    OCT Bay: OCT Creative Exhibition Center

    by cal6060 Updated Oct 10, 2013

    It is located in OCT Bay. OCT Creative Exhibition Center is a new art and creative center for the city. During my visit in 2012, the Creative Exhibition Center was not open yet, still under major interior renovation. The building is very creatively built like a UFO ship, shiny and bright. Surrounding the building are dotted with art statues and lined with palm trees.

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    OCT Bay: Shenzhen Tourist Information Center

    by cal6060 Updated Oct 10, 2013

    This is by far the most modern architectural building I have seen in China as Tourist Information Center. It is located in OCT Bay, an iconic building in OCT Bay. It is open to the public to get free maps and tourist information. They have modern facilities including its chairs and information counters, many apple desktops with internet access allows the public to search information. The small cafe serves coffee and desserts are rare to be seen in China. This could be the new China that is heading to a modern Western like lifestyles.

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    Massages

    by explorer001 Updated Mar 21, 2013

    - These parlours operate mostly from shop houses and are available in almost every corner of the neighbourhood. In some neighbourhood, there are thousands of them.
    - They usually consists of a hall with sofas lined up, personal tv so you could watch all the Chinese & HK channels (foreigners need to learn to relax without the tv) - bring earplugs to mediate the noise from the tv next to you.
    - Most establishments do have separate rooms with beds line up for body massages. Some will have curtain separators for added privacy.
    - Almost all these establishments offer free second hand smoke.
    - They serve free drinks, but you have to bring your own alcohol.
    - You can do all kinds of massages available on earth, from Chinese traditional to African tribal massages (menu in Chinese, go figure). Some have the options to put cooking oil on your body (you have to be in your birthday suit, or with "limited coverage"). Blankets or towels are provided.
    Foot massage.
    - They first put your smelly feet into a hot portable tub, soaking it for about 15 minutes, cooking some cells along the way. You have the options of adding "interesting but unknown" traditional medicine into the hot water so the cooked cells smell better.
    - You then place your feet on a rest and the masseuse starts cleaning and pressing all over your feet till you scream for mercy. "Oh did it hurt", you bet it hurts you ***.
    - Comments such as "Your liver needs transplant, or your kidney needs cleaning or your heart will stop in the next couple of days" are blurted depending upon which section of your feet that hurts. Each part of the feet is presumed to be linked to certain body parts, according to traditional medicine practice.
    - They give up after torturing you after about an hour. You have the option to go for additional torture methods by extending the hour(s) for a fee.
    - Foot Massages costs between RMB 30 and RMB50 (standard price - 2013), but with a "side note". The "mandatory" tip for the masseuse is not included (and not advertised). It ranges from RMB10 to RMB30 and it's written on the chit (in Chinese) which you have to sign to indicate the completion of the job. It is up to you to pay what you felt like.
    - If you choose not to give the tip, the masseuse will have the longest face on earth and will plan for extreme torture methods for your future visits. Having said that, I haven't seen anyone not paying the tip.

    I dare not try the cooking oil option.

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    Shennan Avenue: Shenzhen Financial District

    by cal6060 Written Jan 20, 2013

    Shennan Avenue is the Wall Street of Shenzhen. The whole avenue lined up with modern skyscrapers mostly business and financial center like banks, Insurance companies, Shenzhen Stock Exchange, and etc. Kingkey Finance Center and Shenzhen-Diwang Mansion are the tallest buildings in Shenzhen in the neighborhood. The Shenzhen Grand Theater is another icon of the city, but the building is not as impressive comparing to Grand Theaters in Beijing, Guangzhou or Shanghai. You can find several malls nearby including the Shenzhen Book Mall.

    Overall, this is a great stop to see the modern Shenzhen.

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    Shennan Middle Road: Underpass

    by cal6060 Written Jan 20, 2013

    I walked down the underpass from the portrait of Deng Xiaoping to the other side of Shennan Middle Road, where the Book Mall, Shenzhen Stock Exchange, and others are located.

    The Underpass is nicely built that allow pedestrians to walk to the other side of the road and also link to metro station. Shennan Middle Road is a big highway, so without this underpass could be an issue for people to cross the street.

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    Portrait of Deng Xiaoping

    by cal6060 Updated Jan 19, 2013

    This famous portrait of Deng Xiaoping was first displayed on June 28, 1992. This portrait was displayed since 2004. Deng Xiaping is the Chinese leader to opening-up drive of China's reform. Shenzhen is one of the first special economic zones developed from seaside village to a mature modern city. So, Deng Xiaoping is a highly respected icon to the people of Shenzhen.

    In this portrait, we see Shenzhen with modern high rise buildings and the civil center, seaside and blue sky as a background. In the background are words encouraging speech by the Deng saying, believing the basic communist rule will at least continue to bring prosperity for another 100 years.

    In front of the portrait, there is an underpass that links you to another side of the Streets.

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