Nostalgia is my middle name

Last weekend I took a trip back to Shenzhen in China, seeing as it’s just across the border from Hong Kong. Shenzhen is the city I lived in for a year and a half, and probably the place in my life that I changed and grew the most in. It’s the city I had my first proper full-time job in, in one of China’s biggest animation companies – Fantawild Animation. It’s the city that I dealt with heartbreak in, fell in love in, made big decisions in, multi-tasked a full-time job and studying in, and a city I just genuinely enjoyed living in, despite what people say about it being just another big Chinese city. Now, I am an extremely nostalgic person, but when I went back to visit I couldn’t help but feel that strong independence I used to feel there creeping back in and making me feel lighter. It’s a city filled with potential, filled with young entrepreneurs trying to make the most of their creative business ideas. It’s quite an exciting place to be and it’s changing and growing everyday.

I was happy to see that’s it developing in the right direction. They’ve now implemented a rent-a-bicycle scheme at main metro hubs, and I noticed more bike paths too. It seemed cleaner and greener, and less polluted. Infact, the sky was extremely blue.

But I was also a little nervous to enter China after having lived in my beloved Taiwan for the past year, but it seems my feelings haven’t changed. I still like China a lot. It’s very different to Taiwan, but it doesn’t make me like it any less. The opportunities in China are still very much thriving and I can’t help but feel that everyday in that crazy, cool country is one big adventure.

Here are a few pics of my trip back to Shenzhen:

IMG_20131116_182319 In China, I did voices for cartoons. I snuck back into the office on Saturday and left notes for my ex-colleagues to say ‘hi’.

IMG_20131116_183005 IMG_20131117_124017 This is the BEST Green Tea in the world, seriously.

IMG_20131117_124253 IMG_20131117_125127 Africa in China. Of course.

IMG_20131117_125246O.C.T. Loft, my favourite part of the city. It’s a big art district filled with cafes, creative working studios etc.

IMG_20131117_125510 IMG_20131117_152629 This is F518 Idea Land, another creative art district in Bao’An district. It’s also very cool.

IMG_20131117_153938 IMG_20131117_162339 IMG_20131117_213049 Old Heaven: my favourite cafe in the whole, entire world!

IMG_20131118_085542 IMG_20131118_184938 20131116_113512 20131116_113912 20131116_113928 20131116_114048 20131116_114116 20131116_114140 20131116_114430 20131116_114454 20131116_114535 20131116_124756 20131116_134034 20131116_141621 20131116_145449 20131116_16420020131117_150638It was so good to see my old haunts, hang out with my old friends and remind myself why I like China. It felt like everyone on the street was smiling, the sun was always shining and the little moments of chaos that I encountered, which are extremely common in Chinese cities, well, they’ve just inspired me to write stories in my head and turn them into hilarious tales to share with everyone.

China, we’re still good friends: 我還是喜歡你.



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