It’s been a handful of years since I last visited Shenzhen and my previous impression of it was not so fond. This time, however, had me thoroughly impressed. It’s a megapolis like the other tier-1 Chinese cities, but unlike the other major Chinese cities, Shenzhen really has only come to significance in the last 30 years following Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms. What a legacy he’s left.
Xi'an’s drum tower is believed to have been built in the 14th century during the Ming Dynasty. I can’t help but feel awe when confronted by such incredible details, especially when put in context of the era in which it was built.