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Final beautification Shenzhen
Shenzhen has started a final push to make the city as beautiful as possible before the start of the Universiade. I take the bus from Futian to Nanshan every day and the past couple of days I saw tens of workers placing thousands and thousands of new flowers along Binhe road (the road near the Cocoon venue). They have also gave the footbridges over this road a new look. Even the pillars below flyovers have been decorated with big banners for the Universiade and even small communities have gotten Universiade stickers. Universiade U-boots have also been popping up across the city and getting more visitors.

update 27 July 2011: more photos added

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Some photos of the preparations:

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one of the new footbridges i pass everyday on Binhe road (still work in progress)
they have also added decorative lightning to all flyovers

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fences around the new stadiums, they are really stepping up on security
for example you now need to scan your bags before entering the subway! A bit over the top if you ask me...

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picture from the countdown ceremony, less than 4 weeks to go now!
hope it will rain less!

20 days to go
20 days to go

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Sportsfigures made out of flowers for the Universiade along Shennan Road

The next photos are from Binhai road (driving from West to East along the coastline):

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They just added lots of sports figures in the middle of the road here as well

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Besides the sportsfigures, they also added the slogans of this universiade: "Start Here" and "Make a Difference".
I was thinking about adding one sign that says "StartInChina.com" :-)

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When you look towards the South, you can see the northern parts of Hong Kong. Oh, this park is of course also new. It just opened a few weeks ago after a total renovation. The blurry flowers on the foreground were planted during the past couple of weeks.

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These are the passage ways for cyclists and pedestrians under Binhai road. Untill recently they contained commercial advertisements, but they have now been replaced with Universiade banners as well.

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Proof that we are really in Shenzhen :)

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New stickers on the bridges and flags everywhere. Also notice the small mobile police station that has been stationed here for a few months. Inside you always see one police guy watching TV - I assume from one of the CCTV cameras on top.

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One of the more curious "decorations". Yes, SHEEP! Plastic of course, whoever came up with this idea? Anyway, it's probably good to prevent people from thinking of China as a military state. And it shows that Shenzhen is quite safe, in the Netherlands these would be stolen within a day :-(

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And more decorations at one of the soccer venues (I believe). Of course also new ;-)

Just now I went to buy milk in the supermarket, and even the milk now has a universiade theme:

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