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
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
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
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
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
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
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
There are days when the beauty of Shenzhen really shines, and when a day like that finally happens, make your way to Shenzhen’s new Kingkey 100 skyscraper and head up to the Saint Regis Hotel bar on the 97th floor.
Another surprising discovery. After the new Israeli Falafel place I found in Guangzhou, a friend told me I should go over to Shenzhen to visit a newly opened Israeli restaurant. I was somewhat skeptical, expecting this to be a "middle-eastern"
The more I visit Shenzhen, the more I become aware that there are different sides to this city. The local government has done a fair job of building up parks and green next to the endless urban skyscrapers, highways and