Life in China 2016: A Picture A Day, October 3 – My friends in Shenzhen know all about this, so it’s for the friends who have never been to Shenzhen! Today we spent the day back in Shenzhen, in the area called Shekou, where we lived for 4 years. There is an area called Sea World (nothing like the American Sea World!) where there are lots of International restaurants, coffee shops, and some other shopping. In the center of it all is this ship, called the Minghua. It was originally a French passenger ship, built in 1962, called the MV Ancerville. In 1973, China bought it and it became the Minghua. In 1983, it was moved to Shekou, and placed where it is today. It’s interesting to look back through the years in Google Earth’s history and see how land was reclaimed over the years, making it ‘look’ like the ship moved inland! Today, the ship houses a hotel and numerous restaurants and bars. The lake next to the ship displays some art installations and is home to a nice light and water show which has regular show times. These pictures show the ship from both ends today.