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Need advice on Shenzhen apartments/districts!!

Hello...I am looking for an apartment in Shenzhen and am deciding on either Residence G or Ascott Raffles.  However, I'm not sure about the neighborhood: Houhei.  I am only familiar with Shekou (Sea World) and Futian (CBD).  Is Houhei an area that would be interesting to live?  I will be living alone but will travel a decent amount so I won't be home a ton.  I know Shekou would be a better/funner (more fun?) neighborhood but I really like these two buildings.

What do you think?

Chris

For the best mix of cost / convenience I would suggest BuJi.  It's on the subway line and a 20 minute ride will take you straight down town Louhu.

Shekou is not like it used to be 10 years ago.  It has been bought up by corporate interests and transformed into Little-USA. It's a great place if you are homesick and want to surround yourself with other expats.  Otherwise, the cost of living is much higher than in China.  Consider a beer is 60 RMB, where you can buy one in any store in Shenzhen for 2 RMB.  As I said before... Little-USA.

Nanshan is fine. Housing prices are not like they used to be, and you would more than likely take a bus rather than a subway to get around.

FuTian is great if you have kids and a family.  Like Nanshan the costs are climbing.  It is not the place to live if you like bars and nightlife.

Louhu is the place for bars and nightlife, but the housing prices are killer. Never the less it is super convenient, and very nice. It is down town and is the heart of the city.  If I would be so bold, I would suggest you get a place off to the side of Louhu such as GuoMao. There is a nice area where I used to live called "Louhu village" there and the prices are pretty reasonable.

BaoAn is very nice, and is the home of two airports and many high tech factories.  I myself, consider it too much like Dongguan. So it's got it's strengths and weaknesses.  If you move there, expect a one hour subway ride to downtown.

LongGong is all villages and towns.  The prices are great, (really really great) but you will be off and away outside of the Shenzhen city.  Not advised.

I hope this helps.

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