It’s muggy in the tropics. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. The typhoon kept us from docking as planned in Qingdao in northern China, but it is possible to reach the China border from the south – just 45 minutes by train from Hong Kong. So, today we set off to find the real China.
With a Shenzhen map in hand, we walk toward Dong Men Walking Street – a shopping district about a mile from the train station. Many shops sell t-shirts sporting slogans printed in English with a translational twist. One of our favorites:
“Enjoy the present condition and do an enjoyable life.”Along the way, we meet Cherry, a young local who offers her assistance. She helps us navigate our not-so-direct route and suggests a place for lunch. When we invite her to join us, she accepts and helps us navigate our not-so-direct route through the menu. We are the only English speakers in the restaurant. Cherry doesn’t accept any payment for her help other than the cost of lunch and she hurries back to work.
Yours in trying to imagine,