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Old July 9th, 2006, 08:28 PM   #1
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History of Shenzhen, China, 26 years of huge changes.

The one-time fishing village of Shenzhen, singled out by late Chinese paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, is the first of the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) of China. It was originally established in 1979 due to its proximity to Hong Kong, then a prosperous British colony. The SEZ was created to be an experimental ground of capitalism in communist China. The location was chosen to attract industrial investments from Hong Kong since the two places share the same language, dialect and culture. The concept proved to be a great success, propelling the further opening up of China and continuous economic reform. Shenzhen eventually became one of the largest cities in the Pearl River Delta region which is one of the economic powerhouses of China and is the largest maufacturing base in the world. --quoted from wikipedia.

25 years ago. A small fishing village.


Some factories and people showed up.


Buildings! Not skysrapers though...


Still not many.


Preparing for the new avenue.


Avenue complete.


Hmmm, much better.


Like a small town.


Cranes and the new city showed up.


Getting crowded.


Skyscrapers!


Population rushed in.


A city of construction.


You can now call it "big".


Getting attractive.


Expanded around the lake.


Skyscrapers getting more.


Try to build new high.


Ambitions in 1996


10 Years ago.


A modern city.


The same avenue today.


New skyscrapers never stop showing up.


Hong Kong's new brother.


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Old July 9th, 2006, 08:52 PM   #2
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Awesome thread! I've been looking for old Shenzhen photos for quite some time now!

Thanks a lot of sharing.
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Old July 9th, 2006, 11:46 PM   #3
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Very interesting, especially the first couple of photos. I always been curious on how Chinese cities looked like before the 1990s.
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Old July 9th, 2006, 11:47 PM   #4
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An absolute miracle of China though some pics were misplaced in order
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Old July 10th, 2006, 02:06 AM   #5
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fantastic historic thread ! I love the architecture in Shenzen and it was very nice to see the old village transforming itself in this modern updated megalopolis !
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Old July 10th, 2006, 06:50 AM   #6
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yeah..

Does the road is the same one?
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Old July 10th, 2006, 11:15 AM   #7
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miracle of capitalism under an authoritarian administration
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Old July 10th, 2006, 11:24 AM   #8
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Shezhen has truly become a metropolis from a small village in just 25 years. It is amazing.
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Old July 10th, 2006, 12:01 PM   #9
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interesting explaination!!! however I has posted a similar thread before... anyway, Thanks!!!

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=330015
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Old July 10th, 2006, 12:51 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Krasnaya Zima
I always been curious on how Chinese cities looked like before the 1990s.
Well, Shenzhen isn't really the typical Chinese city, since it has literally expanded from a fishing village to a huge metropolis in some 25 years. Most other major cities in China has been big for a long time, just like European cities.
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Old July 11th, 2006, 12:44 AM   #11
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Now that's the communism Karl Marx was talking about.
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Old July 11th, 2006, 01:24 AM   #12
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Wow, thats pretty impressive
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Old July 11th, 2006, 02:08 AM   #13
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Holy crap that's amazing! Thanks for posting.
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Old July 11th, 2006, 03:01 AM   #14
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Wow it really took off
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Old March 20th, 2010, 11:44 AM   #15
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amazing lol, while some cities like shanghai and beijing are centuries old, shenzhen just in 30 years gets the same population and probably just as rich as those cities too, only thing though, is no history lol
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Old March 20th, 2010, 03:08 PM   #16
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Interesting, Shenzhen must have been one of the fastest growing cities in modern times!
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Just awesome!
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Old March 30th, 2010, 04:24 AM   #19
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