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Urban development at its most extra-ordinary

Asia | Guangdong

Over the last 30 years, urbanization in China has expanded at an incredible speed. The city of Shenzhen is a clear example of this process.

Located in Guangdong province, Shenzhen lies at the northern border of Hong Kong. It holds an important position in the so-called Pearl-River Delta region, the world’s largest manufacturing center, with an impressive percentage of the urban population. According to the latest figures, the city area of Shenzhen currently has a population of over 10 million people, while the population of the metropolitan area exceeds 18 million (unofficial datum). The municipality covers an area of 1,992 square kilometers.

In terms of speed and extension, Shenzhen’s development in recent years is certainly one of the most remarkable examples of urban growth in history. From 1979 to 2015, the total population of the city went from...

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