If Google Street View had been around in the 1970s, images of Shenzhen would have been fairly uniform: large stretches of green farmland, the odd dusty trail, a few scattered villages - and that's it.

Friday, 27 April, 2012, 12:00am

Another big idea - but will they make the move?

Shenzhen authorities unveiled a 285 billion yuan (HK$350.25 billion) plan this week to turn the city into a global logistics hub by 2015 and make Qianhai, a 15-square-kilometre development zone next to Hong Kong, a global centre for supply chain management.

14 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Sporting spat a telling tale of modern China

Shenzhen has declined an invite to participate in Guangdong province's first farmers' sporting games in 23 years, claiming there haven't been any farmers in the town since its urbanisation drive in 2004.

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Qianhai zone may have lost its appeal

Experts have cast doubt on the immediate attractiveness of a watered-down Qianhai development zone to overseas specialists after Shenzhen scrapped an ambitious plan to transplant Hong Kong-style legal and anti-corruption systems.

16 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Shippers face tough controls on cargo

Shenzhen exporters and importers will face tougher restrictions on the movement of cargo starting next week as a result of the World University Games that begin on August 12.

The measures aim to restrict the number of vehicles on Shenzhen roads during the Games.

25 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Shenzhen dumps nearly all its bold plans for Qianhai

Shenzhen authorities have told Qianhai - a 15-square-kilometre development zone - to focus only on its economy, just six months after the city's leaders vowed to turn it into a mini Hong Kong with greater legal and administrative autonomy.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Shenzhen University in global search for top talent

As an ancient Chinese saying goes, a heavy reward is certain to attract men of bravery to serve.

Now, the Shenzhen government is applying the centuries-old battle strategy to a global shopping spree for top-tier research talent to boost the city's competitive edge.

5 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Stay tuned for another 'Shenzhen moment'

Shenzhen is so identified with modern China's economic miracle that it does not seem possible it is now half as old as the People's Republic itself. Its foundation as the first special economic zone led to the Pearl River Delta becoming an economic powerhouse. The model has proved so successful that it has spread nationwide.

10 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Shenzhen - from sleepy village to city of migrants

In almost three decades of furious growth, the village of Shenzhen has been transformed into a huge city by throngs of migrant workers drawn to the area chosen, in 1980, to be the first of the mainland's five special economic zones.

Its startling growth led the way for a pattern of migration from rural to urban areas that has reshaped the mainland's settlement pattern.

19 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Marco Polo Shenzhen

Five-star international business hotel in heart of Futian district is the only venue with an auditorium

Elegant and comfortable interiors are not the only hallmark of the Marco Polo Shenzhen. This hotel is also the only one in the city that boasts an auditorium.

19 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Yantian container traffic drops amid US downturn

Shenzhen port hurt by weaker economy and policy changes

For the first time in its history, container volume at Shenzhen's huge Yantian port has fallen, a sign that a slowing United States economy and mainland policy changes are cutting into exports.

5 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Shenzhen's new party boss decries 'self-serving' officials

Shenzhen's new party secretary has lashed out at city officials for inactivity and bureaucratic thinking which he says is stunting Shenzhen's development.

10 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Smugglers' 'floating godown' seized

A barge specially built with four hatches in its hull to transfer smuggled goods onto mainland-bound speedboats has been seized by marine police in an anti-smuggling operation off Lantau. Police arrested a mainland man, 46, and seized HK$340,000 worth of smuggled computer hard disks aboard the vessel. But more than 10 smugglers fled in four speedboats towards Shekou .

5 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

HK$14.4m of contraband cigarettes seized from mainland ship

Customs officers have seized cigarettes worth HK$14.4 million from a mainland river-trade vessel.

Officers believed the booty belonged to the same international syndicate that had failed to transport contraband cigarettes worth HK$32 million from Guangzhou to Malaysia late last month.

2 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

China Merchants plans Shenzhen hub

Group to spend 3.5b yuan on five-berth multi-purpose terminal to fend off competition

China Merchants Holdings International plans to invest about 3.5 billion yuan to build a five-berth multi-purpose terminal in Shenzhen by 2010.

29 Oct 2007 - 12:00am