Well that kind of sums it up. Shenzhen, nice posters and nice dreams, just kind of dropped it a bit on the implementation. Let this be a collection of whatever SZ topics you might have.
Soo two months into living here, what can I report? Sure ain’t no Taipei, hell Shanghai is even a step above and that says something. On the upside, armpit that is SZ has:
- Really cheap taxis
- Really good Japanese food. Changan has even better, but the random hidden away on the 5 floor of some office buiding Japanese restaurants are real good.
- It’s close to HK, so escape from China and cheap flights to regions unknown are always an option, not to mention real food that isn’t Chinese or Japanese.
- LED Biker Policemen. Boy do I feel safer knowing one of those fine men is scratching his balls on a street corner near me if ever I need someone to watch while I get robbed.
- Little in the way of CCP front and center nationalism and all its vomit inducing antics
- People that don’t actually care that a Mr. Laowai speaks Mandarin. They’ll pee on the sidewalk in front of you, but at least the intolerable “wahhhh you Mandarin so good” speeches are a site less seen.
- Not so damned full of English teachers.
- A tad decent Irish bar with Guinness on tap.
On the downside:
- Its still China.
- It makes Taipei look like a cosmopolitan world city whose inhabitants speak fluent English.
- Gawd awful pollution
- It is one big construction zone full of whatever pathetic excuses for a building random British Design school dropouts could come up with.
Just a start here now. Haven’t been to Expat central aka Shekou yet, so maybe that will change my opinion somewhat. Who knows, maybe I’ll find a decent massage parlour that doesn’t offer a happy ending and loosen up a bit without some crazy Chinese chick trying to get a passport from me.