The city of Shenzhen in China developed at a rate unseen before in history. Before the 1980’s it was a small fishing village formerly known as Bao’an County (宝安县), today it’s a sprawling city of 12 million+ inhabitants and is still growing. Recently I stumbled across some fascinating pictures showing its development  over the past 30 years which I thought I’d share –

Before (circa 1980):

Shenzhen Before Construction Boom
Shenzhen Bay around Shawei, Shatou and Huanggang – mostly farmland.

Shenzhen Before Construction Boom

Shenzhen Before Construction Boom

During (circa 80’s / early 90’s):

Shenzhen During Construction Boom
The plan begins to come together with Deng Xiaoping at the helm – Shenzhen Special Economic Zone is born.

old school shenzhen

old school shenzhen

After (mid 1990’s):

Shenzhen After Construction Boom
Southern China has a new financial centre and the second busiest port in China.

Shenzhen After Construction Boom

Shenzhen After Construction Boom

Shenzhen After Construction Boom

I find it uterly incredbile to think that almost within my own lifetime (of 24 years and counting) that a city of this magnitude has sprung up out of the preverbial dust. The perfect storm of  investment, labor and location have come together to product something as scary as it is magnificent in such a short space of time. Tighter integration with Hong Kong will only increase this.

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  1. doofus says:

    Talk about unsustainability. China really will beat the West to the edge of the cliff. Way to go!

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