Sean and I went on a date in Hong Kong and are in love with our lives in Shenzhen where it is quiet and peaceful. The Lunar New Year celebrations are under way and it has added a lovely homey feel to our neighborhood.
Since we have settled into our Shenzhen apartment, we have already gone back to Hong Kong once to celebrate Valentine’s Day. To be honest though, we mostly used Valentine’s Day as an excuse to go see Black Panther in Hong Kong where it was released earlier than other places like the USA. After the movie, which we loved, we had some time to check out the Nan Lian Gardens, get dim sum, and watch the Symphony of Lights whilst getting our boba fix.
Besides our visit to Hong Kong we have only left our neighborhood one other time to get into the city of Shenzhen. Unfortunately, it ended up being a pretty uneventful visit since many shops were still closed and there just wasn’t much going on. However, Sean and I ended up spending most of our time talking over warm milk tea with red bean and some baked treats which turned out to be a lovely getaway from our usual workday. I suspect the reason for the lack of activity downtown is the Lunar New Year (Year of the Dog) which kicked off on Feb. 16 with celebrations ending on Mar. 2. Chinese families have been spending time together at home so many shops are closed. Many nights we can hear fireworks and firecrackers and during the day I see a constant flow of families having family-style meals at the seafood restaurant across the street from our apartment. There are also red lanterns and wall hangings on every tree, home and business and red envelopes scattered on the ground. From what I have read online and started to see in the area, shops will be opening back up soon with families’ saying goodbye, returning to everyday life.
We’re curious to see how things will change around here as the holidays come to an end. We have loved listening to the birds singing outside our windows in the mornings and taking breaks from work to walk around the nearby park. We’re also happy to have so much delicious food, usually either our own home-cooked meals with tons of veggies, or at our favorite Chinese halal restaurant around the corner with its super fresh noodle dishes for $2 a bowl.
We are slowly starting to see the end of the trip on the horizon and it motivates us to work harder and also appreciate this amazing opportunity to travel even more. We’ll be finalizing some of our last travel plans soon (such as getting our plane ticket home) so we’ll keep you posted as our plans solidify. We may even try to squeeze in an extra little trip if we can so stay tuned 😉
As a bonus here are some photos of the nearby park that Sean and I love walking around on nice days.