Of course, they might have cleaned things up in recent years, but the apartment complex behind the nearby Casa Real hotel still has blocks known locally as Little Pyongyang, Little Vladivostok, Little Bangkok (I wonder what that's famous for??).
Some updates about the 5 Day Shenzhen Visa.
Indonesians, previous couldn't, but can get the 5-day visa since a few month.
Here is a bigger piece of news: You now get the 5-day visa ONLY if you have been to China before. Means you have a China visa in your passport. Otherwise you will be send back to Hong Kong.
Bringing an old passport with a China visa in it is fine, works too.
Just to let you now that :
If you have an new passport (less than 1 year) you have to show your old passport or you WILL BE DENIED and after you have to go to Hongkong china building resourses back to Hongkong downtown (pain in the ass, photos, hotel proff, 1 day waiting)
I did but I've considered the 'having previous Chinese visas' and 'having a passport issued >1 year ago' to be different rules. Anyway, it is really inconvenient that the Shenzhen SEZ does not publish official rules for the SEZ visa anywhere.
I rather sit and wait at 'mini winter Harbin' in Wan chai China Visa office.
They don't seem to be standardised. One day in Summer, I get a visa with no problems with photocopies. Next day in Autumn , they want me to spill every single detail with official letters. And the next winter, the lady who has dealt with me over the counter a lot to the point of remembering me, said she will do me a favor and she ticked multi entry. Pay she said and my problems will be over until the next ...year.