Briefly put, Shenzhen is the Special Economic Zone saddled on the Chinese border with Hong Kong SAR, while Dongguan is a city, roughly the same size (we talk in terms of municipal delimitations) than the former. Some parts of Shenzhen look like Beijing, and is certainly one of China’s richest cities (if not the richest).
Last Tuesday and Wednesday, I travelled to Shenzhen and Dongguan, on my way back from Kaiping. It was a bus ride of about three hours (90 yuan) from Kaiping to Shenzhen’s Luo Hu hub (at the border with Hong Kong). I took the subway (5 yuan) to the end of the green line at Windows of the World and a cab (60 yuan) to the new suburb of Shekou (蛇口), in southwest Shenzhen, where one of my cousins, an expat sent overseas by his Montreal company, lives.
On the next day, I went to Dongguan, where I visited an uncle’s factory, in the district of Yantian (雁田 – not like the Shenzhen port), a 1h30 ride by private taxi from Shekou. Then, I returned to the northwest district of Shajing (沙井), to visit the factory where my cousin works.
More elaborate posts are to come, once I compile the pics.