Shenzhen, China

Shenzhen is a ridiculously dirty place where many of the locals are just disgusting. Not sad poor disgusting, we’re talking “I have some money and a job but I will still spit everywhere and cough on people and yell and pick my nose and smell like shit” disgusting. This is not a tourist area and never will be. Expats come here for jobs (I have some friends who own a bar there and who run other lucrative businesses) and sometimes I feel like they must be wanted by the US mob to live here…ha!

One of the problems I have with meeting people in cities like this is I always feel like they are lying to me about what they do, why they do it, and how successful they are at it. In the US and in other international modern cities you would leave tracks. You wouldn’t tell me that you were a successful banker in NYC for 7 years and now you live in a hovel in mainland china and are complaining about the price of a cheeseburger…simply because you felt like it. Makes no sense cause you know I’d find out. In China, you can be anybody.

Anyway, not going back. If you can stand it, I think building a successful business there would be a breeze. More people than you could imagine, all coming into money for the first time so they don’t know what to do with it. These guys will buy bottle service and not drink one sip, just to prove and publicize that they can get bottle service. Income is growing far faster than the infrastructure. Entrepreneurs know what I’m talking about.

So I went back, and I loved it this time.
Dongmen street area is a fun stroll, even if the beggars and con bs is constant.
The central business district has expat bars and a bunch of small neighborhoods with tons of bars and restaurants.
The technology zone is a marvel of expansive shopping malls and skyscrapers as far as the eye can see. Not as many as Hong Kong, but many more than New York. It was quite impressive.
Coastal City blew us away. Just a mecca of pedestrian mall, mixed with traditional mall, surrounded by skyscrapers. Pretty remarkable for business.

Notes to self:

-Frankie’s is the shit 🙂
-Now apparently…fuck Frankie! 🙂
-Try a lamb shop. Pick your lamb, grill it at the table, and eat meat and drink beer for hours. Pretty crappy digs honestly, but so much fun.


Hilton Grand Shenzhen (Aug. 2018)

Hyatt Place Shenzhen (Mar. 2018)

Marco Polo Shenzhen (Jan. 2011)

Sheraton Four Points Shenzhen (Jun. 2012)