Eli MacKinnon is a writer based in Shenzhen. Before moving to China, he worked as a science news reporter for Live Science. His interests are wide, but in recent years have been mostly subsumed by Chinese and China. MacKinnon follows Shenzhen’s young startup scene and the city’s mind-boggling development.

Last Updated: September 13, 2016



The Destruction of Baishizhou

Eli MacKinnon
Early this spring, the Chinese character for “demolish” (“拆”) showed up in red spray paint on a strip of shops in Shenzhen’s Baishizhou neighborhood. Wang An, 41, has been selling women’s underwear from one of these shops for the last 10 years. “...