I was only in Shenzhen for a few short days before moving on to Yangshuo. The proximity of Shenzhen to Hong Kong creates a unique mixture of cultures. I felt very close to the Chinese mainland culture on the streets and I could also sense an international influence in restaurants and stores. Sandals and shorts are normal attire for the people on the metro and I appreciate the laid back vibe. The culture seems to have a slow paced flow compared to many other Chinese cities that I have visited.
Shenzhen is between two major transportation hubs and is also growing quickly as an alternative for either Guangzhou or Hong Kong. Stories about the chaos of Lunar New Year, travel had circulated through my office, but I could not believe my eyes when I crossed the border into Shenzhen. Thousands of families were camping on the streets near Shenzhen Railway Station with incredible amounts of luggage. Over three billion trips were made during the new year celebration and this foreigner was crazy enough to be a part of that adventure.