Shenzhen was made a special economic zone in 1979. This meant it was open to foreign business, and the city has expanded and thrived since then. Migrants from all over China moved to Shenzhen looking for work and to make money.
The city is connected to Hong Kong by bullet train, and a trip to Kowloon takes just 19 minutes! This makes it a popular day trip for tourists short on time.
Shenzhen now has 10 districts. Filled with tech companies, global corporations, and creatives, the city has a reputation for being free-spirited and on the cutting edge of modern life.
It also has a thriving arts, music and cultural scene, as well as great food and shopping.