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Shenzhen, China

Shenzhen

Mayor: Mr. Chen Rugui 

Population: Approximately 10 million residents. 

General information and special features

Shenzhen is a major city in the south of Southern China’s Guangdong Province, situated immediately north of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The area became China’s first and one of the most successful Special Economic Zones (SEZs). It currently also holds sub-provincial administrative status, with powers slightly less than a province.

In 2007, Shenzhen was listed as one of China’s top ten livable cities by Chinese Cities Brand Value Report, which was released at 2007 Beijing Summit of China Cities Forum

Shenzhen's major tourist attractions include the Chinese Folk Culture Village, the Window of the World, Happy Valley, Splendid China, the Safari Park in Nanshan district, the Dameisha Promenade, Xiaomeisha Beach Resort in Yantian district, Zhongying Jie/Chung Ying Street, Xianhu Lake Botanical Garden, and Minsk World. The city also offers free admission to a number of public parks including People's Park, Lianhuashan Park, Lizhi Park, Zhongshan Park, and Wutongshan Park.

Economy

Being southern mainland China’s major financial center, Shenzhen is home to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange as well as the headquarters of numerous high-tech companies. Shenzhen is also one of the busiest container ports in the world.

Qianhai, formally known as the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industries Cooperation Zone, is "a useful exploration for China to create a new opening up layout with a more open economic system." A 15 km² area located in western Shenzhen, Qianhai lies at the heart of the Pearl River Delta, adjacent to both Hong Kong and Shenzhen international airports. Strategically positioned as a zone for the innovation and development of modern services, Qianhai will facilitate closer cooperation between Hong Kong and mainland China, as well as act as the catalyst for industrial reform in the Pearl River Delta. 

Culture

The Shenzhen Cultural Center includes Shenzhen Concert Hall and Shenzhen Library and is located in the Futian district of Shenzhen, Guangdong. It was designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki. The vineyard-style concert hall seats 1,800 and was opened in 2007. The Shenzhen Longgang Cultural Center was built with a total investment of 550 million RMB. In addition, the city has many universities.

 

The Haifa-Shenzhen Twin Cities Treaty was signed on September 10, 2012