An important gateway to the outside world for China, Shenzhen boasts the biggest number of checkpoints in the country and has a distinctive edge in comprehensive communication. Its geographic location is of strategic importance in the area of Guangdong, Macau and Hong Kong, which makes the city a highly open economy and a first choice for overseas investors eager to tap into the huge Chinese market. Most manufacturers in Shenzhen can find suppliers of all necessary supporting materials within an hour’s drive and can efficiently ship their products all over the world through Shenzhen and Hong Kong ports.
Shenzhen is one of the fastest-growing cities in the world and one of the most developed cities in China. Its average annual GDP growth rate reached 25% over the past three decades. In 2013, the city’s GDP surpassed US$230 billion, remaining the fourth highest in Chinese mainland cities, with per capita GDP exceeding US$20,000. Shenzhen has built an industrial system that is based on high-tech and advanced manufacturing industries and supported by modern service industries. The city aims to build a government ruled by law and owns lawmaking rights as a special economic zone. The market is free, transparent and fair.
Shenzhen is one of the first cities of innovation in China and one of the first Chinese cities deemed as a "model city for IPR protection." It encourages innovations and has a sound IPR protection system. Shenzhen’s R&D investment accounted for 4% of its GDP in 2013, a greater portion than that of some European and American cities. The high-tech industry is its foremost industrial pillar. It is the birthplace of many internationally renowned high-tech enterprises, such as Huawei, ZTE, and BYD.
Shenzhen was named by UNESCO：
- City of Design (2008)
- A Global Model for The Promotion Of Reading (2013)
Some supporting policies are available at www.szinvest.gov.cn
UK： Edinburgh-Shenzhen Creative Exchange, The City of Edinburgh Council , 1.4, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG
SHENZHEN： F518 Idea Land, Baoyuan Road Bao’an Central Area,Shenzhen,China
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