I travelled many times on business to the fabulous cities of Shanghai and Shenzhen, often visiting both on the same trip. In Shenzhen, I like to stay in the Futian District, about an hour's Metro ride from the airport and about 10 km (6 miles) from the Shenzhen City Hall. In the morning, I walk north from my hotel, around Xiangmi Lake, down Lianhua Road to Lianhuashan Park (just above the city hall) and then through the park. Leaving the park, I walk through the city hall complex, down to the Convention Center and then back to my hotel next to the Tairan Science Park, halfway in between the Chegongmiao Metro Station and the Xiangmihu Metro Station.
In the morning, Lianhuashan Park is full of people starting their day with exercise, games, and socializing. At the bottom of the hill, and again at the top, are several exercise dance groups.
Exercise in the park
At the base of the hill is a set of exercise equipment, but apparently more interesting to everyone, ping pong tables.
Exercise equipment and ping pong in the park
Next to the ping pong tables is a plaza where, behind a colorful bush, people are practicing with their swords.
Behind the sign and bushes, sword practice
After watching the sword work for a while, I head up the hill to the top. A lot of people are also either going up or down the steps or hiking up the road.
Taking the steps up and down
At the top is the statue of Deng Xiaoping, the leader of China who created Shenzhen as a Special Economic Zone in 1980, growing it from a few thousand people at that time to the current 15 million or so.
Deng Xiaoping, overlooking downtown and the Shenzhen City Hall
Heading down from the plaza at the base of the statue, at the bottom of the hill, I run across some great floral displays close to the walkway to the Shenzhen City Hall, which has its own great displays.
Floral sculpture at the park entrance close to city hall
And, I can't resist one more floral picture of the plantings and flowering trees that provide shade along the streets outside the park.
Color along the streets outside the park