One fine Saturday, Abe took me out on a staycation to the ex-pat heavy region of ShenZhen called Sea World. Living in this city has made seeing fields of full on construction our everyday normal. However, the intensity of build-lust off the Sea World line stop in the Shekou neighborhood is extra extreme.
Why? Well for one, there’s a giant landlocked ship. A ship that has been converted into westernish restaurants, nightclubs, and pubs to seemingly appease the palate of those that flock to this part of town.
Sea World is built to be modern and look quasi-European. But, all of the kitch and surrounding chains like McDonalds, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Subway (sandwiches) make it look like a place that time forgot, in particular the 1990′s in the States.
The main square is spacious and empty, but of course, in China this means you should fill it with things. Pleasantly, it’s sprinkled with babies driving their own (fast) mechanized stuffed animal with mama in tow. Also there are artists that will draw your portrait, just like in Central Park or any amusement park.
Closer to the construction there are empty bottles of hooch, impeccably maintained shrubbery, and very little foot traffic. Since there was nothing much to see we went back to the square to get an international lunch.
Abe treated me to some tasty Mayalsian curry. It wasn’t nearly as good as the crab curry at “Fatty Crab” back in New York, siiiigh.
We concluded that regular China is wayyyyy better than “China for the West.” Although we are happy to have had the trippy experience—- perhaps we’ll come back sometime for the “Chipao Girl Show.”