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2017-09-13

Shenzhen is a coastal city in South China. It is located on a southern tip of the Chinese mainland and on the eastern bank of the Pearl River, neighboring Hong Kong. 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 37 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 and has become a prosperous, chic, innovative, harmonious and beautiful city.

The city is the high-tech and manufacturing hub of southern China, a State-level innovative city. It has set up new standards of "Shenzhen Quality."

The city is also well-known for design, with more than 6,000 design companies employing more than 60,000 people.

Shenzhen has unique cultural charm. Since 2003, when Shenzhen took the national lead in establishing the strategy for a culture-based city. In 2015, Shenzhen started to carry out the Cultural Innovative Development 2020 Plan and made an effort to support original design and the development of cultural creative industries.

Shenzhen has a network of first-class public cultural facilities that allows residents to enjoy thousands of cultural performances. It also has a beautiful natural environment, year-round blue sky, a deep-rooted volunteer culture. It has been called as the heaven for entrepreneurship and makers and a "city with no winter." It was elected one of the top 10 Chinese cities popular with expats in 2016.

Shenzhen will strive to achieve bigger goals by continuing to adopt Shenzhen Quality and Shenzhen Standards, aiming at world first-class standards. It will strive to build itself into a beautiful city where people can live happily and make dreams come true.

 
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