Sarah Li on life in Shenzhen

Culture, Travel | by Aimee Groom
Posted: December 17th, 2010 | Updated: January 11th, 2012 | Comments
China Photography_travel photography_chinese culture_chinese landscapes Canadian Sarah Li Cain has been living in Shenzhen for three years and teaching at an international school there. A keen amateur photographer, when she's not in the classroom, she can be found wandering the streets snapping beautiful shots in black and white (which she develops herself) or indulging in the joys of her recently acquired point-and-shoot digital camera. Here, Sarah takes us on a journey of her Shenzhen. >>> Shenzhen is not normally a city on most tourists’ itinerary, and I will admit, it wouldn’t have been mine if I didn’t work here. It doesn’t have the usual distractions or tourist spots most people come to know that is China. Nestled between Guangzhou and Hong Kong, most people see it as a place for buying cheap knockoffs and as a transit between the two cities. But, it does have its charms. Here are some of my favorite moments during my time here: shenzhen beggar Photo #1: I’m still not sure how I feel about beggars here, because on one hand I can recognize the people in need, and on the other I see how people exploit it. This woman caught my attention because she just stood there but you can’t help but notice her. It was the first time I ever gave money in Shenzhen.... Deng Xiao Ping Shenzhen

Photo #2: I often pass by this huge picture of Deng Xiaoping, who is considered to be the founder of Shenzhen. It’s considered a tourist attraction here. I love seeing the different poses tourist do in front of this image.

traffic shenzhen Photo #3: I see more and more of these people helping out with pedestrians following the rules. I like this man because he is very helpful and stops traffic at the yield signs (not in picture) so we can walk across the street. shenzhen bike Photo #4: Most people think of Shenzhen as a modern industrial city, but there are still older buildings to be found. Wandering around this small area was a treat because it was one of my many experiences of seeing places full of character like this. asian fashion

Photo #5: As a westerner, there is a lot about Asian fashion I don’t understand, but by far this was the funniest I’ve ever seen.

If you like what you've seen and would like to see more, then head to Sarah Li Cain's Pezgirl Flickr photostream.

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