My 5: Dongmen Market – Shenzhen, China.

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1. Dongmen Market, February 2018. Shenzhen’s Dongmen district is one of the oldest parts of the city, with a three hundred year trading history under its belt. If you’re in the mood for some shopping, or even just people watching, this is the place to come for the biggest variety of goods and price ranges to suit all budgets. But be warned, Dongmen can be pretty chaotic! So roll up those sleeves, flex your elbows and prepare to do battle.

2. Dongmen Market, February 2018. You’ll have to take Dongmen Market as you find it! While there are branded boutiques and modern malls, you’ll also stumble across bargain basement shops, overflowing market stalls and piles of crap right on the street. Sometimes fortune favors the brave, so dig in and see what you can unearth.

3. Dongmen Market, February 2018. The market’s main pedestrian street is every bit as nuts as it looks. Packed mostly with hole in the wall eateries and stores offering local snacks, sweets and tea; you should allow at least twenty minutes to get to the other side. Looking for a shortcut into Dongmen Square? Yeah, this probably isn’t your street.

4. Dongmen Market, February 2018. Dongmen Public Square reduces the claustrophobia nicely. Stop for a minute to take in the bronze wall depicting the area’s market streets in ancient times.

5. Dongmen Market, February 2018. The square also features this giant bronze bell, hanging authoritatively from the beam of a stone gate. To visit Dongmen market district, jump on the subway (Line 1 or 3) and get off at Laojie Station. Take Exit A on the way out.

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My 5: OCT-LOFT Creative Culture Park – Shenzhen, China.

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1. OCT-LOFT, February 2018. Art lovers will find plenty to admire about Shenzhen. The city’s parks and squares are full of sculptures and statues, while a half-day visit to Dafen Oil Painting Village and its modern art museum is a must for anyone visiting the city. And then you’ve got OCT LOFT, a so-called Creative Culture Park built from the bones of a former electronics factory in 2005.

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My 5: Dafen Art Museum – Shenzhen, China.

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1. Dafen Art Museum, February 2018. Appropriately perched to the side of Dafen Oil Painting Village, this handsome art museum is well worth an hour of your time. Housed in a striking modern building on a large open square, it showcases original paintings from local artists.

2. Dafen Art Museum, February 2018. As with the adjoining oil painting village there’s no entry fee, you can just stroll in and investigate at your leisure.  

3. Dafen Art Museum, February 2018. It’s a huge air-conditioned space inside and you can take as many photos as you want. There wasn’t much of a security presence either, which added to the relaxed vibe. The whole museum takes a stripped back approach, with barely any literature at all to accompany the paintings, just the name of the painter and the year it was created.

4. Dafen Art Museum, February 2018. The museum hosts an annual Oil Painting Fair every October. There are special exhibitions and a huge live auction that fetched over 700 million RMB in 2017 ($1.1000000). I wonder how this fantastic painting, almost photographic in its clarity, would cost to take home.

5. Dafen Art Museum, February 2018. The museum is open daily (except Mondays) from 10:00-17:00.

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My 5: Dafen Oil Painting Village – Shenzhen, China.

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1. Dafen Oil Painting Village, February 2018. Shenzhen’s world famous oil painting district was once responsible for a staggering 60% of the globe’s known replica oil paintings. Wherever you were in the world, from hotels and cafes to restaurants, offices and train stations, chances are that painting on the wall came from Dafen. These days it’s mostly a tourist curiosity, though there are still plenty of studios (about 600) and galleries among all the shops and cafes. Needless to say I didn’t pass up the opportunity to scoot over there myself to see what the deal was.  Continue Reading »

My 5: Huaqiangbei Electronics District – Shenzhen, China.

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1.Huaqiangbei Electronics District, February 2018. Wonderboy and I were pretty excited about seeing China’s Silicon Valley, a sprawling three kilometer district packed with electronic malls, stores and service centers. The largest of its kind in Asia, this is one of the busiest shopping areas in the country. Except that is, when you rock up during Chinese New Year bank holiday days to find everything shut. Doh!

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