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Shenzhen Memory
    2008-12-16 16:17:49     CRIENGLISH.com

This year marks the 30th anniversary of China's reform and opening up policy.

As one of China's fist special economic zones, Shenzhen has experienced dramatic changes during the past thirty years.

Walking down the street, it's hard to imagine what it was like three decades ago.

"We are now standing in the center of Dongmen Old Street. The photo shows the site of China Post Shenzhen Council. We can't find it now. "

"This photo shows what Dongmen Old Street looked like before its reconstruction. It was taken in 1994. This is the centre of the street. It is here right in front of us."

Nearly thirty years ago, Shenzhen was a fishing village with a population of just thirty thousand.

In 1979, former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping hand picked Shenzhen to be one of China's first Special Economic Zones.

Since then, Shenzhen has become a mecca for young people all over China. Armed with ambition and dreams, they head for China's second-busiest port city after Shanghai to seek their fortunes.

The file photo shows the first group of infrastructure project soldiers' first arrive at Shenzhen railway station in 1982.

Thanks to their contribution, Shenzhen has new roads and skyscrapers as we can see today.

Liu Tingfang, a senior photographer at Shenzhen Special Zone Daily, recorded the city's development with his camera.

"This is Shennan Road in 1982, and this is what it looks like today. We can still see the government building here. This is the railway station thirty years ago, and this is the new look of the station. Shenzhen has really changed a lot."

Transportation is the life-line of any city, and Shenzhen's fast, convenient subway line contributed to the speed of the city's development. Since 1999, Shenzhen has built two subway lines that stretch nearly 22 kilometers, leading to every corner of the city.

Started from 1999, Shenzhen has built subway line 1 and line 4 with a total length of nearly 22 kilometers.

It leads from the heart to every corner of the city.

However, when we enjoy the convenience of modern transportation today, we can't forget the constructors.

"This set of photos was taken in a subway tunnel when Line 1 was being built. The scene is very fresh in my memory. It was an extremely hot summer day and the subway constructors are working very hard in just their underwear. I was touched by the scene and recorded it. When we look at these photos today, we should show our respect to those who have made such great contributions to Shenzhen's rapid development."

As the frontier of China's economic development, Shenzhen has witnessed many "firsts."

In December 1987, China's first land auction was held in Shenzhen.

Liu Tingfang remembers the exciting moment when the winner got the land for 5250,000 yuan.

Another important milestone was the establishment of China's first stock market, which was followed by a crazy stock-buying boom.

"People hugged each other tightly to avoid other people jumping the queue. People can buy and sell stock at the market without regulation."

During the past thirty years, China's stock market has developed from disorderly to organized and from paper trading to electronic deals.

The development in Shenzhen proved the success of China's reform and opening up policy.

As the largest export city, Shenzhen's fiscal revenue amounted to 65.8 billion yuan last year. Some of the world's top 500 companies and other big names have manufacturing bases in Shenzhen.

The engine of China's economic development in southeast also has its own world class R&D centers.

The pioneers who came to China years ago have realized their dreams and are successful entrepreneurs today.

Many of them have settled in Shenzhen and formed their own families.

Although Shenzhen people have a great many achievements of which they can be proud, they are not satisfied. They keep working hard to build an even brighter future for themselves and their children.



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