I’ve been trying to find some more English language blogs written by people living in Shenzhen. The list is still short and comes in no particular order – let me know if you know of any other interesting blogs that are related to the topic of living in Shenzhen. Here are the blogs:
- Shenzhen Noted: Mary Ann has been blogging urban change since 2005. She shares her knowledge about urbanization in Shenzhen, including urban villages, and blogs about Shenzhen’s diverse art scene, which she actively takes part in (read here about recent events such as handshake 302 or the renovation of an old glass factory that is being turned into an art-culture space). Since Mary Ann has been blogging for 8 years, you’ll find a wealth of articles covering diverse and well-researched topics. I particularly liked her recently published thoughts on Christmas in Shenzhen.
- Life in Shenzhen: Rose has been living in Shenzhen for the last 5 years and among others shares her knowledge on practical issues like how to take the bus in Shenzhen or gives restaurant reviews for Shenzhen (here’s one article reviewing a Vietnamese restaurant, another one reviewing a Japanese one and one reviewing a vegetarian restaurant featuring Yunnan cuisine). Her blog comes with a lot of photos that create a colorful picture of life in Shenzhen.
- Twinztrippin: This is a blog written by twins teaching in China, featuring lots of pictures (eg. here) and posts about life in Shenzhen, including articles such as this one where the author finds out that her neighbours dry sausages on the balcony.
- Reclaim Your Fearlessness: This blog by Sarah Li Cain is not so much about Shenzhen as it is about personal development, but Sarah still features one or the other article about Shenzhen, combining her experience of living in Shenzhen with the theme of her blog like in the article Surprising lessons about business from knockoff handbags or in the post How to prevent an umbrella from almost killing you.
- Brian Au: Photo blog about Shenzhen – with a focus on art, design and architecture. Check out these photos showing old Hakka houses in Shenzhen’s Longgang district or these pictures that have been taken in a Chinese bookstore, which often act as a kind of library – people spend hours there reading books without actually buying them.
Do you know any other Shenzhen blogs or are you a reader of one of the blogs mentioned above? I’d love to read your comments.