Shenzhen – Host of the 2011 Summer Universiade
Shenzhen is one of the major cities in Southern China’s Guangdong Province north of Hong Kong. Having a total area of 1,952.84 square kilometers, the city is considered China’s First successful Special Economic Zone that holds a sub provincial administrative status having powers less than a province.
A modern cityscape is the result of a vibrant economy made possible by the city’s rapidly growing foreign investments and the policy of reform and opening also help in its establishment of a Special Economic Zone. The city’s natural resources made it ideal for developing tourism, with beaches in the East such as Damiesha, Xiaomeisha and Dapeng Bay. Scenic areas such as Mangrove Nature Reserve, Lingding Island and Waterlands resort occupies the West.
In the late 1970’s Shenzhen was just a small village then Chinese and foreign nationals poured huge investments in Shenzhen’s economy that boosted their manufacturing and service industries. Made into a city in 1979 and the establishing the country’s first special economic zone the following year, Shenzhen is now one of the fastest growing cities in the world.
Shenzhen has direct jurisdiction in six districts namely Futian, Nanshan, Luohu, Yantian, Bao’an and Longgang districts plus two new zones the Pingsan and Guangming new zones. Shenzhen is also part of Mainland China’s financial center and home to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Shenzhen also serves as headquarters of some of the largest high tech companies.
Lately Shenzhen has been busy preparing for its first major sporting event by expanding and constructing sport facilities and a multi purpose Shenzhen Stadium that will be part of the 26th Summer Universiade that starts today.