Located between two booming business destinations, Hong Kong and Guangdong, is a provincial city of Shenzhen, one of the wealthiest Chinese cities. It’s popularly known for its booming busy ports and for being a home to multi-million manufacturing companies. It is then no wonder that people from all over the world come here to engage in various businesses. On one such business trip for my father’s electronic business, I had to visit Shenzhen on a three day trip packed with corporate meetings at various shiny skyscrapers in the city. The experience looked threateningly like an all work no play endeavor, deadening with its commercial monotony and that’s when I decided to go and explore the city where people usually just go to ‘work work work work work’.
I stayed at Shenzhen Shanghai hotel, a decent accommodation, situated right in the heart of the city offering me an easy accessibility to most popular places. Until afternoon, my day went past in various meeting rooms and factory outlets discussing plastic goods, stock valuations and revenue estimates.
A good thing about Shenzhen is that people start their day early and often by late afternoon, we’re free and have half of the day to ourselves. Instead of retiring to our luxurious rooms and wasting time on a nap, I decided to explore what the place had on offer, apart from its bright facade of a commercial world.
Shenzhen is well connected with metro and that’s the cheapest mode of transport available but I decided to take a walk and explore it on foot. After crossing myriad skyscrapers and walking for nearly a kilometer or two, I came across a huge lake surrounded by litchi trees.