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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Outside at Shenzhen's Dongmen Shopping Area

In Shenzhen's Dongmen area, department stores and thousands of tiny stores crammed into warehouse-sized buildings attract large numbers of shoppers interested in a variety of inexpensive goods. Although Dongmen may only receive a passing mention in some guidebooks, it is a place I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Shenzhen. Even if like me you are not a shopaholic, it offers a glimpse into important sides of China's diverse and evolving shopping culture and contrasts in many ways with Shenzhen's upscale modern malls or what can be found just two metro stops away at Shenzhen's border with Hong Kong (topics for another day).

In this post I will share a number of outdoor scenes from Dongmen. They provide a sense of the crowds that can often be found there. On the side, I just discovered that the McDonald's in the 5th photo was the first to open in mainland China. Had I known that when I was there, maybe I would have stopped by for a breakfast hotdog.

In later posts, I will share some other scenes from a place that offers much to discover. For now, soak in these scenes:

One end of Dongmen Pedestrian Street in Shenzhen, China

crowds at the Dongmen shopping area in Shenzhen, China

crowds at Dongmen shopping area in Shenzhen, China

Dongmen shopping area in Shenzhen, China

KFC and China's first McDonald's at the Dongmen shopping area in Shenzhen

crowds at Dongmen shopping area in Shenzhen, China

covered shopping area at Dongmen, Shenzhen, China

crowds at Dongmen shopping area in Shenzhen, China

man standing next to a tree at Dongmen shopping area in Shenzhen, China

physically disabled man sitting on the ground and writing calligraphy at Dongmen shopping area in Shenzhen, China

crowds at Dongmen shopping area in Shenzhen, China

people shopping at Dongmen in Shenzhen, China

people sitting down at Dongmen shopping area in Shenzhen, China

crowds at Dongmen shopping area in Shenzhen, China

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