Shenzhen Basic Facts
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Chinese Name: 深圳 shēn zhèn
Administration Type: Prefecture Level City
Area: 1996.85 sq km (771 sq mi)
City Government: Citizen Center, Fuzhong 3rd Road, Futian District
Resident Population: 13, 026, 600 (2018)
Administrative Divisions: Futian District, Luohu District, Nanshan District, Bao'an District, Longgang District, Yantian District, Longhua District, Pingshan District, Guangming District and Dapeng New Area
Area Code: 0755
Postal Code: 518000
Location: South Coast of Guangdong Province, East Bank of Pearl River Estuary, South China (N22°32′N, 114°03′E)
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Top 8 Shenzhen Facts You Should Know
1: World’s Fastest Growing City in the Past 40 Years
This is the most eye-catching Shenzhen fact recognized worldwide. In August of 1980, a special economic zone was set in Shenzhen. In the following nearly 40 years, Shenzhen has grown from a small fishing village into a dynamic international metropolis. In 1979, Shenzhen’s GDP was only CNY 197 million, with a per capita GDP of CNY 606. By 2018, Shenzhen’s GDP has reached CNY 2.42 trillion, with a per capita GDP of CNY 189,568. The population has also grown from 20,000 in 1979 to 13,026,600 in 2018.
2: The Most Active City of Import and Export in China
As the window of China’s reform and opening up policy, Shenzhen became a core port for international export and import trade, which contributes to the fast develop of local economy, and attracts foreign companies to establish commercial cooperation with Shenzhen. In 2018, Shenzhen’s total import and export trade reached CNY 3 trillion with a year-on-year increase of 7%. Its international import and export trade has ranked first in China for successive 26 years.
3: China Silicon Valley
A large number of outstanding Chinese IT and technology companies such as Huawei, Tencent, Mindray, Netac, Xunlei, Kingdee, DJI, Han's Laser, BGI and BYD were born in Shenzhen. Meanwhile, Shenzhen is also the largest electronic product distribution center in China and even Asia. Here is an interesting Shenzhen fact: go to Huaqiangbei Electronics Market and you can get all the components needed to assemble a mobile phone or a computer. Therefore Shenzhen is known as the “Silicon Valley of China”.
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4: Full of Skyscrapers
As an international metropolis, Shenzhen has many skyscrapers. By 2018, Shenzhen had 262 skyscrapers above 150 meters (492 feet), ranking third in the world, behind Hong Kong and New York only. Ping An Financial International Center is located in the commercial district of Futian District, with a total of 118 storeys and a height of 592.5 meters (648 yards). It is the tallest skyscraper in Shenzhen. KingKey 100 Financial Center is 441.8 meters (483 yards) high with 100 storeys. It ranks second highest buildings in Shenzhen. Shenzhen China Resources Headquarters Building looks like a spring bamboo shoot having a height of 392.5 meters (429 yards).
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5: Unique and Abundant Beaches and Theme Parks
Shenzhen is surrounded by mountains and sea, with beautiful scenery, long beaches and islands, sea cliffs and reefs, forming a series of beautiful scenery. It has been rated as “China's Eight Most Beautiful Coast”, with Dameisha Beach, Xiaomeisha Beach, Xichong Beach and many others worth exploring. The number of theme parks also ranks top in China, including Splendid China, Window of the World, Happy Valley, and Overseas Chinese Town East.
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6: Shenzhen Enjoys Developed Transportation System.
Shenzhen enjoys a well-developed land, sea and air transportation systems. Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport is the fourth largest airport in China, which has opened 50 domestic and international air routes. In addition, the airport is reachable by sea and land transport. Shenzhen is the port city with the largest number of land ports in China, connecting it with the world financial center Hong Kong. This also makes Shenzhen a transfer hub from Hong Kong to mainland China. Shenzhen metro has opened a total of 8 lines, ensuring visitors to travel easily in the city.
7: Autumn from November to early January is the Best Time to Travel to Shenzhen.
Autumn from November to early January is advised as the best time to visit Shenzhen. Since Shenzhen has a subtropical climate, it has abundant rainfall and the rainy season is from May to September. From October to April of the next year, precipitation is relatively low and the climate is also pleasant.
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8: The Visa Policy is Friendly.
Shenzhen has adopted 144-hour and 24-hour visa-free transit policies and 5 days visa-on-arrival policy for overseas visitors from most countries and regions, making it easier for foreign tourists to come to Shenzhen for travel or business.
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