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I talked with a good friend the other day currently working in Shenzhen where she’s been for several months. Before that, she was based in Hong Kong for more than a year. She’s traveled extensively throughout China and Hong Kong. Her comparative analysis of Shenzhen and Hong Kong followed my question: Shenzhen or Hong Kong, which do you prefer?

For starters, she says when business slows down, it is better in Hong kong due to the language barrier. Additionally, Shenzhen has the following ‘pros':

1. New buildings because it is a new city; and
2. More space for your “buck” in all the real estate; and
3. Less people – so it is more spread out, open and you feel like you can breath; and
4. Free zone – so banking is easy, less restrictions; and
5. Close to Hong Kong by efficient train ride; and
6. Very reduced cost of living; restaurants; massages; etc.
7. The Chinese culture is less diluted as in Hong Kong which has become more Westernized; and
8. Shopping is magnificent for the ‘core’ of the deals that ship over to Hong Kong and to the rest of the world; and
9. Economy is booming.

Shenzhen ‘cons':

1. Must speak the language of Mandarin just to get by; and
2. Have to really pay attention to pickpockets; crime; etc. – more than in Hong Kong; and
3. Medical systems are based on Communism country systems – though cheaper, not up to a Westerner’s expectations like changing the sheets in between one sick person to the next; etc.
4. Cannot find much Western Food….for the first 5 or 6 months, it is okay but then, it starts to get to you.
5. Standard manners that we [Westerners] might seemingly already have embedded in our society, and that we sometimes take for granted, are still being taught on television commercials for public health such as do not litter, no hacking, no spitting, wash your hands after going to the restroom, before serving food…

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