In the history of civilization, there have been few more spectacular erections than the megalopolis of Shenzhen. A quiet hamlet, the village was chosen as a “Special Economic Zone" by a Mao-weary Chinese leadership in 1979. With its proximity to Hong Kong, Shenzhen would be the ideal portal to reconnect China with the outside world, physically, economically, and philosophically.
The Shenzhen SEZ was created as an experimental ground for market capitalism within a community guided by the ideals of “socialism with Chinese characteristics.” With an outpouring of infrastructure construction and loosening of state control, trade, foreign investment, and the population exploded.
Shenzhen has since become one of the largest cities in the Pearl River Delta region, which has become one of the economic powerhouses of China as well as the largest manufacturing base on the planet.