So it turns that the ancient imperial city of Xi'an was actually originally founded by Muslims. It still retains some Muslim influences to this day, China’s largest mosque and even has a street named after them. Though it’s a bit of a tourist trip nowadays, it’s still quite a unique place to visit and a welcome change to all the traditional Chinese stuff that’s on offer.
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.