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Richard Li

Mrs. Ewing
Human geography
22 May, 2015
Processing Paper
In my research, I first focused on the the development and the transformation of the city.
Since I already have some knowledge on the Shenzhen where I lived for ten years, I know that
the pace of transformation and development is incredible. So I went on the databases Mrs.
Semple provided and found some information on that, the information complement each other
with great details. Then I started to look for information on the citys other aspects, such as
population, internal structures, government and so on. I found the Gale World History in Context
most useful when I was looking for information, the database provides information on the
economic perspective and in general. The official website of the government of Shenzhen also
provided abundant information that complements with the databases.
I created the website based on some characteristics of the city. such as the prosperity of
the city, I set the background of my theme as the skyline of Shenzhen, also added the phrase:
30,000 inhabitants in 1979. Now, Its where 10 million people call home. To demonstrate the
rapid growth of the city in a little more than 30 years. I accompanied most of the text with
relevant photographs to present a visual demonstration, such as the demographic graph I used
to accompanied the information on the rapid grow of population and the lack of permanent
residence registration. I also used some pictures of the newly built airport of Shenzhen to set an
example of the modernization and development of the city. The font I used is the same
throughout the website to make it look consistent. Also, the background of the font is
consistently white, to create a clean look of the website.
In 1979, Deng Xiaoping and his new economic development strategy followed after the
death of Mao Zedong. Shenzhen in the south coast of China was declared a special economic

zone as a laboratory Chinese-style capitalism. The term "Shenzhen speed" is well known in
China by its rapid growth rate, the success of the SEZ project prompted the Chinese
government to convert some other cities into SEZs and encourage modernization. There were
approximately 30,000 people in Shenzhen in 1979. Shenzhen was served as a custom stop into
Hong Kong. That year Deng Xiaoping declared the region to be one of the first SEZs in China.
Special economic zone, coastal cities along the coast of China that were opened to foreign
investment, technology, and managerial expertise through the establishment of foreign-owned,
joint-venture, and other business enterprises without the prior approval of the central
government. Shenzhen grew at a tremendous speed in the 1980s. Enormous amount of
domestic and foreign capital was invested in Shenzhen. The standards of living and wages in
the SEZ is higher than the average in China, large amount of workers and professionals flood
into the factories to produce numerous products. The growth in the SEZ stimulated the
surrounding agricultural production.