A day trip to Shenzhen

It’s been a while since I went back to Shenzhen. I pass the city every week but my interaction is limited to leaving the Hong Kong – China border, heading to the train station and taking the train to Dongguan.

I read about a new Book store,本来书店, that opened in a new shopping mall in Futian called 深业上成 with an extensive children’s book section.

So on Sunday, we hopped on the train to Lok Ma Chau and checked out the place.

“Upper City”, so the Chinese name of the shopping mall, is located on the east of Lianhuashan Park (where the Deng Xiaoping statue is located). Part of it is still under construction, however shops and restaurants are open.

After a bit of searching we found 本来书店. Not only did we find one but three shops. One shop is specialised on children’s books and toys. My children had a blast there and I was inundated with requests to buy this book, that book, Lego and more. I was more intrigued by a 4D puzzle of China but they wife objected (you won’t use it anyways – as usual she’s right).

The second and third shop carry books and stationary – everything from fountain pens, crayons, brushes, inks to whatever paper (checked, lined, empty page) for drawing and writing was available. In Hong Kong probably only Esclite in Tsim Sha Tsui comes close to providing the same variety.

The shop also carried a fair selection on English books, mostly novels, as well as lifestyle products, i.e. small electronic appliances, kitchen utensils, etc.

After we spent a fair amount of time in the shop we headed to a tea house. “Permanent Revolution of Tea” attracted me just by it’s very name. And I should not be let down…

Originally from Taiwan, the tea house provides fantastic, high quality tea. You can choose among different sorts of green tea and oolong tea, either hot or cold, and see how they prepare it. It’s freshly done in front of your eyes, it’s not some pre-made industrial made tea. I first chose a mild green tea, later we tried a stronger version that had a sort of “wooden” taste. I thought about mixing this with a particular whiskey I came across last year, that also had a very heavy, wooden texture.

And finally we had to go for lunch. As I’m a huge fan of spicy food we went to the nearest Hunan restaurant. I let the photos speak for themselves.

So how to get there? From Hong Kong, take the MTR to Lok Ma Chau border. Then take a taxi to 深业上成. The taxi takes around 10 to 15 minutes and costs you 25 RMB.

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