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.
Side streets and alleys, housing the people and their micro-communities that make the city run, can also be found in Futian.
It doesn’t take much searching, but it does take just a little curiosity to find the less visible parts of the Futian district.
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.
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.