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Me (in hat) with friends from seven countries, on a bridge in People's Park, Luohu District

I have been in Shenzhen since 2004. (There was one year when I worked in another city, but even then I maintained an apartment here, and visited almost every weekend.)

In my long residence here, I have:
  • organized walks and informal tours;
  • led discussions and had parties and other events;
  • created (and abandoned) a home page about Shenzhen;
  • written about some of Shenzhen's temples on another of my homepages;
  • contributed to books and magazines about Shenzhen; and
  • (most significantly) written for the Shenzhen Daily since 2007.
The backbone of this blog is composed of articles I wrote for the Shenzhen Daily under the heading "A Day in Shenzhen," from December of 2009 until November of 2011. (That's nearly two years.)

Many of those articles are out of date; they're published here with the label "Archived." As time permits, I'll update them and label them "Featured." (Some of the articles from the Daily--mostly about malls--are frankly not worth fixing).

I will also add other writings from my websites--alive and defunct--as well as from some of the other publications I've contributed to.

Call it my "Shenzhen Slush Pile."

Can you find me in this museum installation?
Who knows? Some other friends' works may end up here too (with their permission, of course).

So, enjoy. Get out and see the city. And if, perchance, you have some information about any of these sites, please add a comment. What you contribute may be added to future revisions. (Note that comments are moderated to keep out the spammers; but all positive contributions will be gratefully accepted.)


James Baquet
Formerly known (at his insistence) as "Mr. Shenzhen"


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In the doorway of a "secret spot" in Dongmen

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