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Shenzhen Overview
Date: 2015-7-16 17:42:51

Shenzhen Overview

Shenzhen is located at the southern China, neighboring Hong Kong. Occupying 1,991.64 square kilometers, the city has a subtropical marine climate with plenty of rain and sunshine and is rich in tropical fruit. By the end of 2013, there were 10.63 million permanent residents.

 

The country's first special economic zone - the brainchild of late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping - was established here in 1980. Shenzhen has been a touchstone for China's reform and opening-up policy since then.

 

In merely 34 years, Shenzhen, once a tiny border town of just over 30,000 people, has grown into a modern metropolis. It established many firsts in the history of world industrialization, urbanization and modernization.

 

In 2012, Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone was fully launched. The zone will explore innovations in modern service industries, pilot cooperation between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland, and lead the industrial upgrading of the Pearl River Delta area. Shenzhen will continue its historic role as a pioneer in China's development.

 

One of China's gateways to the world, Shenzhen is one of the country's most developed cities and one of the fastest-growing cities in the world.

 

The city is the high-tech and manufacturing hub of southern China, home to the world's third-busiest container port, and the fourth-busiest airport on the Chinese mainland. It is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. It was also elected one of the top 10 Chinese cities popular with expats in 2013. The high-tech, financial services, modern logistics and cultural industries are mainstays of the city. New industries of strategic importance and modern service industries are quickly becoming new engines for the city's economic growth.

 

As a State-level innovative city, Shenzhen has chosen independent innovation as the dominant strategy for its future development. The number of Shenzhen's PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) applications has topped Chinese cities for 10 consecutive years. Shenzhen ranked fourth in Forbes' 2013 list of innovative mainland cities.

 

The city is also well-known for design, with more than 6,000 design companies employing more than 60,000 people. On Nov. 19, 2008, UNESCO named Shenzhen a member of its Creative Cities Network and awarded Shenzhen the title of City of Design.

 

Shenzhen has unique cultural charm. The city has a network of first-class public cultural facilities that allow residents to enjoy thousands of cultural performances. Since 2003, when Shenzhen took the national lead in establishing the strategy for a "culture-based city," its cultural and creative industries have achieved robust expansion with annual growth rates of more than 20% and become important engines for the city's economic development.

 

Shenzhen is an ecological garden city, with half of its total area under a form of environmental protection that bans construction. The urban greenbelt coverage in

developed areas is 45.07%. Shenzhen is China's first city to win the Nations in Bloom Award, and named on the United Nations Environment Program's Global 500 Laureate Roll of Honor.

 

A picturesque coastal city, Shenzhen is a popular tourist destination in South China and has been listed by the Chinese Government as an Excellent Tourist City. It was named one of the world's 31 must-see tourist destinations in 2010 by The New York Times.

 

Shenzhen is a city of compassion, with a deep-rooted volunteer culture. Voted the City Most Favored by Migrant Workers, it promotes Project Care each year to help disadvantaged groups, and has thus been called "a city with no winter."

 

Shenzhen is stepping up to change modes of economic development and realize marketization, legalization, and internationalization. The dynamic city is speeding up the construction of Qianhai strategic platform and striving to develop the bay-area economy - to integrate regional resource superiority and build an economy corridor that connects Qianhai Bay, Shenzhen Bay, Dapeng Bay and Daya Bay. Shenzhen continues to achieve the goal of development from the "Speed" to "Quality" and to build an innovative and environmental-friendly city where people live happily and have successful careers.