When I used to live in Shenzhen between 2003 and 2007, the city's Skekou area was just expat enclave for foreigners who are working in the oil rigs offshore in the South China Sea, and it wasn't developed as such. All you had in those days were the bars and pubs and the occasional Subway (the only Subway Sandwiches outlet in the whole of Shenzhen was in Shekou before 2005). Shenzhen had no metro system back then. The only five-star hotel was the Nanhai hotel (which has been bought by the Hilton now). The Minghua ship has always been there; however while before it used to house a few local restaurant, nowadays, the ship is home to a five-star hotel and trendy restaurants. The area has become a trendy lifestyle handout place, with high-end restaurants, including the exclusive Elements Fresh and a few other Western style restaurants.
There is also a metro station. It has been an absolute pleasure to be able to live in Shenzhen during its heyday of growth and see the spectacular rise of infrastructure. Truly amazing.
The Recycling Run
Dreamy Sunset in Shenzhen
Shenzhen Bay in the Evening
Everything is an Emergency!
An early morning hike up Nanshan mountain (Shenzhen) not only provides spectacular views but also an awesome sunrise over the Eastern hemisphere...in the distance is Hong Hong. The mountain is next door to my home. This means I can start the hike at around 6.30am, burn the calories by reaching the summit of around 336 meters by 7.30am, and then coming down, taking a shower etc., and in the office by around 8.45am- great lifestyle!: Photo Copyright Navjot Singh
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