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This article was originally published on January 21, 2011, in the Shenzhen Daily.
The information was accurate at that time, and may be outdated now. Use with caution.

Deng Xiaoping's calligraphy on the Ming Hua at Shekou Sea World
With the completion of Metro Line 3 from Windows of the World to Chiwan, there's no excuse not to visit the rapidly-changing Shekou area. You no longer need to spend precious time on a bus or precious money on a taxi. Shoppers, diners, and revelers can now travel from the city center to Shekou Sea World without ever leaving the underground.

What's to see around Sea World Plaza, you ask?

Plenty of outdoor activity around Sea World Plaza
First, there's a world of dining and live music, by one count over 40 bars and restaurants. Mexican, Italian, German, Indian, Thai, burgers and fries, gelato, donuts--all can be had fresh and hot (well, not the gelato). You can dine alfresco or in a variety of environments, from formal to casual, plastic chairs to plush sofas.

Shopping in the area is aimed at international tastes: antique furniture and up-to-date clothing, hard-to-find international foods and plenty of DVDs. Lots of kitschy kiosks, too, and even a sketch artist.

Statue of Nuwa on the beach near Sea World
And this is Sea World: you can stroll on the sand and view the giant statue of Nuwa, the half-serpent woman who in some myths created humans, and in others, repaired the world.

Dining on, and next to, the stern of the Ming Hua
But the pearl of this place is the Ming Hua, a nearly 50-year-old former French luxury liner that has been "permanently berthed" at Sea World since 1983. A year later, the PRC's paramount leader Deng Xiaoping stayed on board, and his calligraphy of the words "Haishang Shijie"--Sea World--still graces the ship's stacks.

Newcomer or old hand: take a look at Sea World. There's always something new to see.

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