29 Oct, 2014 in Shenzhen
Dafen Artist Oil Painting Village - Shenzhen-001

Just before leaving Hong Kong I was invited to join an artist friend to revisit the surreal Dafen Artist Oil Painting Village in Shenzhen. It’s the place where you can get any painting faked for pennies. The artist friend was commissioned to do a large scale piece and the idea agreed upon with the customer […]

16 Feb, 2014 in Shenzhen
He Xiangning Art Museum Shenzhen (10)

Shenzhen is trying hard to push for more art with dedicated art zones throughout the city. OCT Loft Contemporary Art Terminal is one fine example. But that’s relatively new, prior to that, not too far away also in the Overseas Chinese Town area  is the He Xiangning Art Museum. I didn’t expect much, so I […]

11 Feb, 2014 in Shenzhen
OCT Loft Art Terminal Shenzhen (5)

Shenzhen has a growing art scene and across the city the government is designating areas for galleries and artists. As an example, the Overseas Chinese Town has the Loft Art Terminal, a relatively new area that’s really taking off and becoming a small 798 (Beijing) or M50 (Shanghai). It’s a schick little area with lots […]

31 Jan, 2014 in Shenzhen
Chiwan Tin Hau Temple - Shenzhen (11)

Want more history in Shenzhen? You got it. Considered one of the biggest and nicest Tian Hou temples in China, Shenzhen has a large complex in the Nanshan area. It dates back to the 15th (!) century and has sixteen buildings of worship. Combining this with the nearby Chiwan Left Fort you realize that Shenzhen […]

30 Jan, 2014 in Shenzhen
Chiwan Left Fort - Shenzhen (16)

Shenzhen is one of the fastest growing areas in the world. During the post-Mao era reforms (1980) Shenzhen was declared as a special economic zone where the awaking dragon was to test all economic reforms. From a rural town on the border with Hong Kong Shenzhen turned into a monstrous city of almost 11 million […]

18 Oct, 2013 in Shenzhen

In 2011, Shenzhen hosted the Universiade – the World University Games. I don’t think the locals paid too much attention to it, but I could tell that a lot of money has poured into it, roads were built, flowers were planted, public transport extended, and… huge stadiums were erected. Reports put the insane losses suffered […]

19 Sep, 2013 in Shenzhen
Minsk World Military Park - Shenzhen (34)

Competing for the title of the strangest attraction I’ve been to in China is this peculiar military park in Shenzhen called Minsk World. As the USSR was crumbling down, various instruments of their vicious war machine and fire power were sold to the highest bidder, and though you’d probably expect that those would mainly be […]

17 Sep, 2013 in Shenzhen
Dameisha Beach Shenzhen-050

Most people would probably not really think of Shenzhen as a beach destination. But, Shenzhen does have some beaches, and they’re not bad when compared with some of the other places in coastal China. Granted, you’re likely to run into some heavy Chinese crowds on the weekends wearing very traditional bathing suits, the sand and […]

7 Sep, 2013 in Shenzhen
Dapeng Fortress Ancient Village - Shenzhen (39)

Hong Kong and Shenzhen are usually not associated with history, but Dapeng Fortress or Dapeng Walled City in Shenzhen will take you back as far as 1394 to a time where the local fishermen tried to defend against the intruding sea pirates. Dapeng Village is one of the Shenzhen sights I’ve always wanted …

7 Aug, 2012 in Shenzhen
Dafen Artist Village Shenzhen (14).jpg

Want classy paintings hanging in your house or office but can’t afford it? Shenzhen has a solution for you – Dafen "Artist Village", where you’ll find endless painting shops with artists copying the best of the best of the art world. Fancy a Van Gogh? Maybe a Picasso? Hand them the photo, come back in […]

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