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Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen February 5th 2022

I headed back to Nanshan to try a different hiking route. On a side note the toilets at the start of the hike are probably the nicest and cleanest I've come across in all my time in China. I decided to take the trail up that I had taken down the first time I was here. I did think that this route was easier, but going up I changed my mind. There were some pretty lanterns near the start of the trail to mark the new year. It was only a few steps to the first pavilion, which since I'd just started, I didn't take a break at. Since it was the holiday, it was busier than the last time I was here. I hiked up and up the stairs were pretty steep and each set ... read more
Shenzhen
Shenzhen
Nanshan

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen January 30th 2022

Shenzhen Bay Park has its own metro station so is very easy to get to. I had been in the area before, but since the weather that day had been pretty bad, I'd skipped having a look around the park. Since the weather was better today, I decided to stretch my legs with a nice walk in the park. When I came out of the metro station it was quite busy with people having a look at the view and deciding where they wanted to go. The park stretches for 13 kilometres, I though it was 16km, and is a popular spot for walking and cycling. There was some stuff to the north, but since that wouldn't have been much of a walk and I didn't want to retrace my steps. I headed south. I had ... read more
Shenzhen Bay Park
Shenzhen Bay Park
Shenzhen Bay Park

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen January 27th 2022

The walk from Xianhu Road subway station to the entrance to Fairy Lake Botanical Garden was about ten minutes. There wasn't much to see as it was through a residential area. I had already bought my ticket online through their WeChat account, and it looks like this is the way to go as the ticket offices are closed due to Covid. The ticket was 15 RMB. I made my way through the large gate and scanned my ticket and started my walk to the centre of the park. There are buses that take you around the botanical gardens if you don't want to walk. I followed the path for about ten minutes or so. There were some nice little boardwalks that branched off from the path so you could walk through them. I had spotted a ... read more
Fairy Lake
Fairy Lake
Fairy Lake

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen January 6th 2022

From Seaworld Station exit B, it was a short walk about 5-10 minutes to the entrance to Nanshan Park. I passed a few nice looking apartment blocks. The walk to the start of the trail wasn't too bad, as it was on a nice gently sloping paved road. There were some pretty trees lining the walk with pretty red flowers. It was nice to look at those and made up for the fact there was no view of the surrounding area. I think I must have walked along the path for about ten to fifteen minutes before I reached Longevity Culture Square. This was a nice little square with some kind of rock feature/waterfall that was missing the water and plenty of exercise equipment in the shade. The trail, the No. 1 Climbing Path, started here. ... read more
Nanshan
Nanshan
Nanshan

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen January 5th 2022

Dafen Oil Painting Village is a pretty well known place in Shenzhen. It is quite far out of the city centre, but right next to the subway station. The village is famous for recreating famous paintings, so that you can get them at a fraction of the cost of an original. Since I went on a weekday, it was pretty quiet. There were a few other tourists taking a look around. I imagine it gets pretty packed on the weekends. The village is pretty small and I spent about an hour to an hour and a half wandering around. I made my way to what I think is the main street/square in the centre of the village. There were a few galleries and shops there. I had a look in a couple of them. I wasn't ... read more
Dafen Village
Dafen Village
Dafen Village

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen October 5th 2018

Hey guys, So after Macau and Hong Kong and Immigration, we were pretty wrecked yesterday, so we just stayed in bed till lunchtime, then had lunch, then had dinner, then went back to bed, so that explains the absence of a blog. Today was vaguely more interesting though, although I think we slept for the same amount of time...We were hoping to go to a tea market to check it out today so we were taken to one a couple of blocks from where we are staying, we made it to the second floor, I'm not sure if it went any higher but it's, as you can probably imagine, filled with tea. That's one thing I really love about China, everything is sold in clumps, like when we went to Dafen the other day, all the ... read more
Evil Duck Beers
The Tech Market
Wrist Watch

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen October 2nd 2018

Good Evening (Morning)! I recently noticed that we have been posting our explorations on facebook more than my travel blog (So I am going to back track as well). ———— This week we are on National Holiday Break. In the Republic of China, the autumn harvest moon is celebrated on the Full Moon of the Eighth Lunar Month. That happened to be last Monday. Consequently, the moon doesn’t like to always be accurate, so they made the first week of October the National Week. So What Does That Mean For Us? That means, a full week off to do absolutely whatever we want. No work (HOORAY!) I’m sorry. I’m giving this explanation after the first Day of National Week when we went to Dafen Oil Painting Village. (See that thread, I will post that later. Cause ... read more
Songsi Avalokitesara
Bodhissattya Padpamani
Shijianzun Avalokitesara

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen October 1st 2018

This week marks China’s National Week, a week long celebration of The Republic of China. Our first year here, so why not embrace all that this beautiful country has to offer? Monday was the official start of the holiday week, very similar to the USA’s Labor Day. Most businesses and all government offices were closed. Our day started rather lazy American-ish. We woke around 10am, had a very American breakfast (egg white omelette and fruit) and went to the gym. Thinking we were much closer, we thought we would go to Huaxing Temple. After a lot of research, it was determined that we would go another day. Instead, we hit another local spot / not-so tourist tourist trap: The Dafen Oil Painting Village ————— After wandering around the metro of Dafen, ignoring the multiple KFCs, McDonalds, ... read more
Young Local Artist!
Homemade Curry For Lunch
Sculpture

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen September 28th 2018

Hey guys! So, we made it! Mostly alive and almost entirely intact. Just a really quick post today because from 8:00 in the morning to midnight Brisbane time was spent in airports or airplanes and, best case, nothing interesting happens in them. So yeah, the flight was good, kids were good, food was less good. Border control in Shenzhen was somewhat arduous but that was pretty standard I think, and it wasn't hard, it just took a long time and now we have our fingerprints on file, so our plan for the Chinese 'Heist of the Century' is now going to require some tweaking ;-) From there we caught a couple of metro trains back to the area Kate and Lloyd live and then walked through a bit of the city to get to their apartment. ... read more
This is what we look like before the reality of 9 hours on a plane sets in
Misleading Image

Asia » China » Guangdong » Shenzhen September 28th 2018

Hello! We went to an area in Shenzhen called Dafen today - it's a really cool art district with a gazillion (I counted them) galleries for oil painters. It's awesome, basically an art factory - which sounds less romantic than it should - but some of the stuff is really really good. There was enough there to keep us going through the whole afternoon - lots and lots of walking but it was a really nice area. All the streets look the way you imagine they should, crowded and narrow, and even though it's in a grid there are little alleyways that stray off the main roads. There was one alleyway that we walked down that opened up into a bit of a bigger square where some guys had laid out a massive painting - it ... read more
Tiny Gallery
Old building
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