Pingzhou is a characterful village located within Xixiang Sub-District of Baoan District. It has gone through the urban renewal that nearby Baoan Center, Baoan Stadium and the area around Xixiang Metro Station have gone through but I am sure it will catch up at some point. Signs of that are emerging as there is a recently built 5 Star hotel, the Avant Garde, and the new Qianhai Tea city has just been opened. There’s also many new residential developments underway.
As you come out of exit C at Pingzhou station there’s a whole bunch of snack shops and eateries. http://shenzhenshopper.com/1069-exploring-pingzhou.html http://shenzhenshopper.com/1069-exploring-pingzhou.html http://shenzhenshopper.com/1069-exploring-pingzhou.html http://shenzhenshopper.com/1069-exploring-pingzhou.html http://shenzhenshopper.com/1069-exploring-pingzhou.htmlSkip that and head down the laneway for a characterful experience.
The laneway is packed with street stalls and snack shops who sell there hand made goods to the daily foot traffic that goes to and from the residences and the metro station. If youy have only ever hung around the big districts like Nanshan, Futian, Louhu then this could be something interesting to check out for a different view.
A place I often frequent is the juice shop locate in the lane way, the owner and staff are friendly and the owner also speaks a little English. Actually you will be surprised how many young people here do speak English, I’ve found many. Be sure to grab yourself a juice, it’s one of the few places I have found where they make the juice from fresh fruit instead of powders and such.
At night the street side restaurants really come to life, and it’s packed, every night. You wont find any English service, but many have picture menus, just walk along the footpath and there’ll be someone holding a menu which you can browse.
Just across from the Times Mall, located on Baoyuan South Road is Qianhai Tea City, as you guessed, it’s packed with everything related to tea.
Just down the road from that is the Avant Garde Hotel with it’s amazing architecture, it sits at the front of F518 Idea Land.
The F518 Idea Land is like and art and design base, it’s a great place for a stroll and they often feature shows on the weekends. There’s also several coffee shops around there too.
The Times Mall has a cinema, restaurants and shopping.
Adjacent Times Mall is a pedestrian street which features several coffee shops.