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03 November 2014

LongCheng Square, ShenZhen

Angel and I are slightly mystified about the purpose behind this gigantic public square, complete with dragon statue, amphitheater, fountains, and gardens. We imagine it was built for some sort of specific use, but no one has been able to tell us. A neighbor told us that it was the biggest public square in South China. Even google searches have only led me to information about the nearby metro stop, not the square itself, but it's an awesome place to hang out in its own, mysterious way, so I thought it deserved a blog post.

LongCheng Square, ShenZhen, China

LongCheng Square, ShenZhen, China

LongCheng Square, ShenZhen, China

LongCheng, the sub-district of ShenZhen where this square is located, means Dragon City, and aptly, LongCheng Square boasts an impressive quantity of dragons.

On weekends and evenings, this square is a happening place. People fly kites, salesmen with racks of clothing try very very hard to convince you to pay to dress up in a costume and have your picture taken, martial arts are practiced and performed, street food is sold....one time we saw a man with a bunch of aquariums full of goldfish on the back of his motorcycle.

It was decorated beautifully for October 1st, National Day, with lanterns and red and yellow flowers to reflect the flag, so I took some photos of the square all prettified for the holiday:

LongCheng Square, ShenZhen, China

LongCheng Square, ShenZhen, China

LongCheng Square, ShenZhen, China

LongCheng Square, ShenZhen, China

 The flowers are just for the holiday, they are not normally so numerous.

Also, I don't know what this feature of the square is supposed to be but I needed to take this picture with it:

LongCheng Square, ShenZhen, China

We're enjoying the little features of our new neighborhood, including the gigantic public squares. Because we're brand new here, Angel and I regularly decide to just start walking down a road we've never been down before, just to find out what's around every corner. If we never explored, then we'd never know, and how sad would that be?

21 comments :

  1. Couldn't agree more with your last sentence! Are town squares popular like that in any other districts? Regardless, it is beautiful! I love that lanterns.

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  2. What a pretty square! I like your idea of checking out new neighborhoods and streets just to see what's there. What a great way to get off the beaten track, as it were.

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  3. Wait, people try to make you pay to dress in a costume and have your picture taken? What kind of costumes? They actually get people to do this? I want to know more. I'm jealous you have such a cool place so close to where you live!

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  4. the mysterious and little-historically-known dragon city sure does make for some gorgeous photo opportunities <3

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  5. I was always amazed by the sheer size of public squares all over China. I remember the first time I entered Tiananmen, also, my knees literally buckled, realising just how many people must have been in the Square on 'that' night (my memories going right back to my 14 year old confused self, completely in shock as the events unfolded). Love your last line, "If we never explored, then we'd never know, and how sad would that be?"....a perfect metaphor for life, too...

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  6. Love this post Rachel! That strange feature that looks like a many-legged spider is... bizarre! The idea of people flying kites there is just wonderful though! :)

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  7. Wow!! That square looks and sounds incredible! It's so awesome that you are taking the opportunity to walk around and get to know your surroundings! Those lanterns are beautiful!

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  8. Maybe it was a built to bring the community together and to give an appropriate gathering spot for holidays? Whatever it was built for, it is incredible and the art is so fun!

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  9. Oh I bet you are having so much fun on your explorations. This square is such a pretty place!

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  10. How beautiful!!! Would love to see a picture of that man with the aquarium on his back - wow!

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  11. Wow! What a beautiful square! I bet it is so fun exploring!

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  12. Love that you guys take the time out to explore your surroundings and share what you find! This looks like so much fun. Thanks for sharing :))
    xoxo

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  13. Looks great! I'm impressed by how few people were there!!!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  14. That last sentence could be a life mantra....it looks like an interesting place....the dragons are very cool!

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  15. I love your outfit in the last photo! Looks like a neat place to visit!

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  16. Random, but beautiful! Hanging out in lively public squares is one of my favorite parts about living abroad. This one looks especially cool - especially with the lanterns and all of the dragons!

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  17. That's pretty awesome - a mysterious square lol So no one knows what the purpose was? Was it heavily used in the past then it's usage slowly declined as modernization hit or what? Very fascinating Rachel! Take Care -Iva

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  18. I love that about moving to a new place-- exploring your new 'hood! So fun to see what lies just a street or two away from your house. That square is quite beautiful, I have to say.

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  19. Love that you guys are exploring and sharing what you find! :)

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