Saturday, January 19, 2008

About Shenzhen

Thanks, Wikipedia.

Shenzhen is a city of Guangdong Province in the southern People's Republic of China, situated next to Hong Kong.

Shenzhen is a centre of foreign investment and since the late 1970s has been one of the fastest growing cities in the world.

It is also the busiest port in China after Shanghai.

The one-time fishing village was picked by former Chinese Senior Minister Deng Xiaoping as a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in 1979 to experiment with free-market capitalism.

Its location was chosen to attract industrial investments from Hong Kong since both cities share a common Cantonese culture.

Since then the city has grown by leaps and bounds and is one of the economic powerhouses of China.

Shenzhen is also known as Bao An. It is located in the Pearl River Delta.

The city was originally mountainous but once it became a SEZ many hills were levelled.

It is 100km southeast of Guangzhou and at the Hong Kong-Guangdong border.

The city has a population of 3.3 million and is one of China’s main manufacturing centres.

Shenzhen is home to the world's ninth tallest building, the Shun Hing Square (Diwang Building).

The city’s famous shopping district is the Lo Wu Commercial City. Hua Qiang Bei and Dongmen are also famous shopping districts.

Shenzhen is also one of China’s main ports.

Like Guangzhou, Shenzhen also has a Metro railway system.

Its sister cities include Kingston, Johor Baru and Houston.