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Shenzhen may be China's youngest city, but this is one metropolis that's definitely come of age. A small farming town until 1980, Shenzhen was chosen by Deng Xiaoping as an incubator in which the seeds of China's economic reform were to be nurtured. The results are the stuff of legend; a quarter century later Shenzhen is now China's richest, and, according to some, its most vibrant city.
Until recently, most visitors thought of China's youngest city as a place to pass through on the way from Hong Kong to Guangzhou. But over the last several years the city has seen a complete transformation, with zippy subways, beaming modern shopping malls, and an uptick in top-notch restaurants.
Shenzhen at a Glance
- Dafen Oil Painting Village (Dàfēn Yoìuhuà Shìjiè)
- Dapeng Fortress (Dàpéng Gǔchéng)
- Hakka Folk Customs Museum and Enclosures (Kèjiā Mínsú Bówùguǎn Hé Wéiwū)
- Hexiangning Art Museum (Héxiāngníng Měishùguǎn)
Sports and Outdoors
- 1881 (Yī bābā yī)
- 360 (Sānliù íng)
- Blue (Yìdàlì Cāntîng)
- Fangdu Restaurant (Fāng dōu jiü lóu)
- Greenland Lounge (Lǜjiànlàng Dàtàngbā)
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