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Shenzhen, the town that “passed hormones” in China

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Let’s look at the images, of what until about 30 years ago was a fishing village. Compared to what it is today Shenzhenwe could say that it is one of the urban areas of further growth in a reduced time of human history. The transformation is awesomea reflection of the changes that lives China in its accelerated pace from a giant and stagnant country, to a giant and vigorous country, which grows under the effect of a “hormonal imbalance”, and where progress does not always go hand in hand with the concept of sustainable development.

Cory Gruntzooki

Shenzhen it earns its name in reference to the “deep ditches” of rice paddies, something that is surprising when you see what is now a sea of ​​buildings and skyscrapers between huge avenues saturated with traffic. Although the human settlement in the area has several centuries of history, Shenzhen It arrived until 1979 as a fishing village, with just over 30,000 inhabitants.

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There is a milestone that marked a before and after in the explosive growth of the city: in that year, it was recognized as a special economic zone, the first of the entire People’s Republic of China. Favored by the low price of land and the low cost of labor, Shenzhen It has become one of the fastest growing cities on the planet: today the entire municipality has more than 8,000,000 inhabitants, although added to the surrounding suburban areas, some estimates estimate more than 12,000,000. Together with Hong Kong, a neighboring city, it is one of the economic centers of all of Asia.

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ShenzhenAs expected, it has been a gigantic construction zone for a couple of decades now. Today it has 42 buildings above 150 meters, including Shun Hung Square, the tallest in the city, which reaches 325 meters.

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Any tourist who comes to the city is surprised by the modernity and size of the city, as well as details such as the cleanliness and order prevailing in a large part of its areas. However, it is to be hoped that planning problems are not absent. In fact, the authorities of Shenzhen They are in a race against time to plan for expansion, with mixed results in some areas.

The challenge of explosive growth, as if that were not enough, is not exclusive to Shenzhen. In China, there are several urban centers comparable to Shenzhen where skyscrapers sprout like mushrooms, and where the idea of ​​a giant country defies all conventions convinced until today.

Information in Urbanity / ElPais

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