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Discovering the Soul of Shenzhen

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Published on Aug 8, 2012

In February 2012, my fiancé, Bob James, was invited to attend a two-day meeting in Shenzhen China and I went along. Given an English-speaking, informal guide from the company while he worked; she, her friend, and I had an amazing cultural exchange, visiting sights and discussing everything from parenting to travel to some of our governments' policies. In Angel, I found a truly lovely, well-spoken, and progressive friend.

In 1979, economic and social revolutionary Deng Xiaoping created Shenzhen as China's first Special Economic Zone in what, at the time, was a small fishing village. With a policy of openness and reform, it has enjoyed much foreign investment and great economic prosperity, the likes of which are rare in china—and its inhabitants just as rare.

Because it is known as a center of manufacturing and business, and lacks much in the way of historic sights (although it does have a plethora of newly-built eccentric theme-parks!), Shenzhen is often skipped by international tourists.

With all the steel, concrete, and construction cranes everywhere, I set out to answer the question, "what does the soul of this young city look like?" and I found it—in the beautiful Feng Shui and it's lovely, dynamic, proud people.

Here Angel and Terry (their chosen Western-names) show me the Feng Shui design of the city center. The truly ENORMOUS scale of this city is lost in the video. We could not even read the numbers on the cones until I turned on the video camera.... I hope you enjoy discovering this as much as I did and perhaps one day see it for yourself some time!

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