Street Photography: Futian District, Shenzhen

The Futian district is found in the heart of Shenzhen.  Skyscrapers, the convention center and the stock exchange, five star hotels and countless other sites are all found in Futian.

Civic Center, Shenzhen China, taken from Lianhuashan park, Shenzhen China

Civic Center, Shenzhen China, taken from Lianhuashan park, Shenzhen China


Scooter parking

Ebikes, electronic bikes, are ubiquitous. A parking area for the neighborhood’s main means of transportation. Futian district, Shenzhen, China

Side streets and alleys, housing the people and their micro-communities that make the city run, can also be found in Futian.








A fellow, and great, photographer from the UK, Jay, scans the street. Futian district, Shenzhen, China

It doesn’t take much searching, but it does take just a little curiosity to find the less visible parts of the Futian district.










A little girl in her school out and leaning on a scooter is surprised her picture is being taken. Futian district, Shenzhen, China


Shenzhen is a new city, it was just a village three decades ago and now rivals New York City in size, but the side streets and alleys have old an world atmosphere that just feels like China.  In Shenzhen, these are the hutongs without hutongs.






An open air butcher stall sells meat in a community alley way. Futian district, Shenzhen, China



Open air shops, from butchers to seafood stores, to the seemingly endless supply of roaming vegetable sellers, populate the little the small, winding streets.





It can almost feel like two worlds, one in front of the other, or one on top of the other.  The hustle and bustle of wide boulevards and towering skyscrapers, and the twisting alleys and hidden shops.  Luxury cars dropping off the sharply dressed at fancy restaurants, and children in school uniforms eating noodles on scooters.  It’s one of the many fascinating aspects of China.


An elderly gentlemen taking a stroll, back into the heart of a side neighborhood in Futian, Shenzhen, China.