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Shenzhen is now home to more than 11 million people and some of China’s most recognizable technology names, including Huawei, Tencent and dronemaker DJI.
From ventilators for Covid-19 patients to 5G connectivity, Bloomberg’s Allen Wan takes us around Shenzhen, dubbed China’s Silicon Valley.
The former fishing village bordering Hong Kong has the strongest claim to be China’s answer to Silicon Valley. Thousands of tech companies are active in the city, drawn by its proximity to factories capable to churning out all manner of gadgets.
The southern Chinese city has the centralized control, relentless efficiency and advanced manufacturing that lie at the root of President Xi Jinping’s concept of China’s future greatness.
Shenzhen’s transformation from village to gritty manufacturing town goes back to 1979 and Deng Xiaoping’s decision to promote a plan to create China’s first “special economic zone.” That allowed foreign direct investment and private enterprise in a country where talk of such things would have been a political crime just a few years earlier.
Armed with its new status, Shenzhen was permitted to experiment with more market-oriented policies than the rest of China, which was emerging from decades of man-made famines and communist factional violence.
Shenzhen’s opening came at just the right time. Hong Kong, which had boomed for the last two decades, was upgrading its economy away from manufacturing and toward legal and financial services. Its mainland neighbor was perfectly positioned to pick up the slack. From that moment, investment poured in from across the border and the two cities’ fates were locked together.
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Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (HKSAR), is a metropolitan area and special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China on the eastern Pearl River Delta of the South China Sea. With over 7.5 million residents of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre (426 sq mi) territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world.
Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after the Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842. The colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War and was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The whole territory was transferred to China in 1997. As a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of “one country, two systems”.