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Published on Jul 6, 2009
Early morning view (you can hear the birds) looking East from my apartment in Futian District. Starts with a view of the Temple and Temple Garden below my apartment. It then pans South. Just South of the Temple wall you can see 10 or so small single story structures that are all that remains of the original village. Surrounding them are progressively taller and newer apartments as one looks South. Directly to the South one sees the green hills of Hong Kong.
As the video then pans around to the East and then North you can see a decent view of the Skyline with the mountains surrounding the town in the distance. The video in finally looking North shows the new Central Business District (a sort of new downtown .... although still in the making). The huge building in the foreground looking North is the Exhibition Center (only 1 km long!) and behind that is a series of sunken shopping centers (with Gardens on top) ending in the Gull-Winged roof of the city hall (you can see the yellow and red office towers holding up the roof - it looks small in the distance but is actually built on the same scale as the exhibition hall).
The buildings on either side of the Exhibition hall are between 50 and 60 stories high for scale. Meanwhile the smaller / older apartments below mine are more like the initial Shenzhen apartments - with 8 m2 per person and "handshake" alleys between them (called handshake alleys because you could reach across and shake hands with your neighbour).