Shenzhen has transformed itself from a small fishing village into a global economic powerhouse in just over 40 years. It has experienced rapid economic, social and environmental transformation and is described as being innovative, inclusive, young and high-tech. In the book entitled The Story of Shenzhen, UN-Habitat documents the experience of Shenzhen and shares lessons it has learned during the past 40 years.
The book has 8 chapters. They focus on different aspects of Shenzhen’s development, including value chains, municipal finance, economic growth, urban planning, local infrastructures, eco-city, culture and comparative analysis. Many cities, towns and special economic zones in other countries can learn a lot from Shenzhen’s experience in its economic, social and environmental development.