SHEN­ZHEN AT A GLANCE

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Shen­zhen is the clos­est Chi­nese city to Hong Kong, just across the bor­der from the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion, in Guang­dong prov­ince. It forms part of a mega­lopo­lis in the Pearl River Delta, the world’s largest ur­ban area in both size and pop­u­la­tion. Its growth ac­cel­er­ated af­ter 1980 when it was des­ig­nated China’s first Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zone (SEZ), and for­eign in­vest­ment was en­cour­aged, par­tic­u­larly in elec­tron­ics. The pop­u­la­tion is around 12.5 mil­lion, and its po­si­tion as the “fac­tory floor of the world” en­sures it also has one of the busiest con­tainer ports in the world.

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