Travelling China & HongKong
In February 2017 we have visited Shenzhen, Beijing, and HongKong. At the time of our travels, we didn't have a VPN internet connection and were unable to blog straight away. So the time of publication and actual travel do not coincide..
On the trip, we came under the spell of this fascinating country and its inhabitants..
So much so we refreshed our knowledge of Confucius and were even more intrigued
Starbucks is the place to be in China. Coffee is hot. Symbol for Urban Succes. Expensive and exclusive too. Even we started to believe the hype, drinking more and more luke warm overpriced cappucino.
Tea houses were rather hard to find. This one in is located Beijing. Very exclusive as well. The little pots of tea will last you hours, though. Allowing for a good working session on the computer or, a good long conversation with a friend.
getting the story
Being in Shenzhen, a new town of 15 million inhabitants, is an experience. It plays with all our notions what a city should be: historic centre, relatively new urban commercial area, housing, industrial sites. First: there is no historic centre. Everything is new. Symbol of the start of the growth, the passenger ship Minghua, meaning "Spirit of China" lies now landlocked in the Seaworld entertainment park. Because a new area of land has been created on the coast. Still, the centre has the difference in scale that functions as a sense of time. Because in essence, this is what we need: the story of a place. Whether it's traditional or not....
Although everything looks modern and is in fact new, Shenzhen as a big city is only 35 years old, it doesn't give you the new-town blues. Old traditions are visible everywhere. Specially in the green spaces and the overall appreciation of nature. What is most striking is the love and care for plants that is everywhere in the public space. Shop owners have their little garden of potted plants. Restaurants have and abundance of greenery. Even on a small scale in the form of the miniature landscape nature is present. It makes the size of the building less daunting and oppressive. Public space still feels like a people's place....