Show Your World – Shenzhen

We lived for about 3 months in Beijing in 2008 and from there we traveled to Shenzhen, which is right next to Hong Kong, on the mainland territory of China. It was mid autumn and already getting cooler in the capital, but Shenzhen was still extremely hot and humid (although, the locals assured us that the weather has been rather mild already).

Shenzhen, China - urban jungle with densely populated urban villages, modern specious avenues and green tropical parks. Visit to read about Shenzhen and to share your story about a favourite destination in ShowYourWorld link up!

Our first impression of Shenzhen came from seeing very densely built apartment blocks on the outskirts of the city from our plane window, as we were descending to Shenzhen airport. We thought, it was an optical illusion, something to do with looking at the buildings from above – these high rise buildings could not possibly built so close to each other! However, our interpreter cleared up the situation – they were indeed built ridiculously close. Such areas, known as urban villages, are known for the ‘hand-shake architecture’, meaning that you could actually shake hands with your neighbour from the opposite house just by leaning out of a window. Some of these multi storied buildings would be built with just about a meter gap between them.

Shenzhen, in its modern version, is a very new city. It was just a fishing village until Chinese government decided to heavily invest into this area and make it the largest manufacturing and economic hub in China. Starting from the end of the 70s, the city saw an enormous influx of job seekers from all over the country. Right now its population is about 15 million people. The sea on one side and the hills on another, mean that the city spreads in a line and the buildings need to be packed together, to allow enough housing for so many inhabitants.

While the urban villages are crammed in the outskirts, the city centre is all about fancy glass sky scrapers, wide avenues and large green parks. We had some free time (this was actually a business trip), so we went to the Window of the World park, which showcases landmarks from different countries, from the Eiffel Tower to Taj Mahal. Its territory is a luscious tropical garden, which provides a much desired shade in the heat.

I think, Shenzhen is definitely one of the cities I could’ve lived in (although, their local cuisine is far too hot for me). It’s modern, it’s international and it’s got lots to offer.

Don’t forget – this post is a part of my Show Your World event, where you can link up your posts to and I will share them on my blog and social media! Here’s what you need to do:

Main guidelines:

– tell us about an interesting place – it can be somewhere in your home country or a destination that you visited
– instead of just giving us facts about this location, use your words to show it to us as well – the way it looks, sounds, smells, conveying its atmosphere; photos are always welcome!
– add your link by adding a ping back in your article or, alternatively, in the comments
– add a link to this post on your blog and use this badge:

ShowYourWorld - blog event/ link up party on Come over and share your post about your favourite destination and I will share it on my blog and social media!

Visiting other participating blogs and leaving comments on them with #ShowYourWorld is highly appreciated, as well as sharing news about this link up on your blog and social media!

Show Your World is a monthly event – I will publish my own story every 1st Friday of a month and everybody’s welcome to link up to this post. I would collect these links and post a round up on the 3rd Friday of a month, sharing all the links and short descriptions of submitted stories. I will also share the links and images on my Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest (make sure you follow TinyExpats, so you will notice, when I do it!).

I am also sending out notifications on Twitter on the day I post the prompt post, to which you can link, so if you want to receive such a notification – please, leave your username in the comments.

Make sure that you add ShowYourWorld tag to your entries, so that others can easily find you.


  1. A meter apart! I felt a twinge of claustrophobia just by reading those words. Very much enjoy your monthly Show Your World event and the wonderful places that I’ve never gotten to visit.

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    • Thank you! Yes, and that’s for like 20 storey buildings! Crazy. Why don’t you participate as well? Would love to see your part of the world!


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