CHINA Combo photos show development of Shenzhen in 40 years

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Combo photos show development of Shenzhen in 40 years

Xinhua

10:21, August 27, 2020

Combo photo shows 28-year-old Luo Jundong, one of designers of Shenzhen International Trade Centre Building, posing at the construction site in 1984 (L, photo taken by Liu Yusheng) and Luo posing at his home on Dec. 5, 2018 (R, photo taken by Mao Siqian) in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province. Luo followed the construction company from Hubei Province to Shenzhen to build the International Trade Centre Building in 1982. Luo and his team provided new techniques for the construction and set a record of erecting one story in three days. After the project finished, Luo stayed in Shenzhen. When China established the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone in 1980, its population was less than 30,000. Forty years later, it has developed into the biggest immigrant city in China housing 13 million with its GDP hitting 2.69 trillion yuan (about 389.4 billion U.S. dollars). (Xinhua)

Combo photo shows Long Zhongliang posing for a photo with his taxi in 2012 (L) and on Aug. 17, 2020 (R, photo taken by Zhao Ruixi) in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province. Long came to Shenzhen from Hunan Province in 1997. After working in a furniture factory for a while, he became a taxi driver in 2000. Insisting on learning English by himself during spare time out of interest, he found it useful when more and more foreigners came to Shenzhen. In 2018, his taxi was changed to an electric car. Long witnessed the development of Shenzhen on the wheel throughout the years. When China established the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone in 1980, its population was less than 30,000. Forty years later, it has developed into the biggest immigrant city in China housing 13 million with its GDP hitting 2.69 trillion yuan (about 389.4 billion U.S. dollars). (Xinhua)

Combo photo shows Lai Li (R, up) and his cousin posing for a photo at Splendid China scenic spot in 1992 and Lai Li taking photos in China Culture Villages of Splendid China scenic spot on Aug. 17, 2020 (bottom, photo taken by Mao Siqian) in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province. Lai Li followed his parents from Guiyang of Guizhou Province to Shenzhen when he was only one month old in 1985. Growing up in Shenzhen, Lai has become a photo journalist to record the development of Shenzhen. When China established the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone in 1980, its population was less than 30,000. Forty years later, it has developed into the biggest immigrant city in China housing 13 million with its GDP hitting 2.69 trillion yuan (about 389.4 billion U.S. dollars). (Xinhua)

The combo photo shows Cai Lixin in 2012 when she worked in an electronics factory (up) and Cai posing in work clothes in a street in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province, on Aug. 21, 2020 (bottom, photo taken by Mao Siqian). Cai Lixin left her home city Lufeng of Guangdong and came to Shenzhen with her elder sister in 2011. At first, she worked in an electronics factory which made mobile phones. In 2016, she changed her job and chose to be a takeaway delivery person. "Everyday, I ride through the city, enjoying the blue sky and the rich greenery while serving my customers. It's my happiest thing," she said. When China established the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone in 1980, its population was less than 30,000. Forty years later, it has developed into the biggest immigrant city in China housing 13 million with its GDP hitting 2.69 trillion yuan (about 389.4 billion U.S. dollars). (Xinhua)

The combo photo shows Weng Chunxian posing for a photo with a doll at the Kaida Toy Factory in Shekou of Shenzhen in 1982 (up) and Weng posing with a cellular phone bought in the 1990s and a toy produced by the Kaida Toy Factory at an innovation park in Shekou of Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province, on Aug. 21, 2020 (bottom, photo taken by Mao Siqian). In 1982, a toy factory in Shenzhen invested by a Hong Kong company came to Shantou City to recruit workers. Weng Chunxian, a high-school graduate, took the opportunity and became a worker in the production line of the Kaida Toy Company in the Shekou Industrial Zone. During her days in Shekou, she continued to study in her spare time, earned herself a home, and at the same time, improved the living conditions of herself and her family. Then she left the company, went to university, entered the glass industry and began a management career until her retirement this year. About half of Weng's fellow migrant workers who came to Shenzhe

Combo photo shows Zhai Liuwei posing for a photo at a company's annual summary meeting in 2003 (up) and Zhai posing for a photo at his own company on Aug. 15, 2020 (bottom, photo taken by Zhao Ruixi) in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province. Zhai came from Suzhou City of Anhui Province and worked in a medical facility company in Shenzhen after graduation in 1999. Zhai started his own business twice, in 2006 and 2013. "In Shenzhen, as long as you do your best, people will help when you have difficulties," said Zhai. When China established the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone in 1980, its population was less than 30,000. Forty years later, it has developed into the biggest immigrant city in China housing 13 million with its GDP hitting 2.69 trillion yuan (about 389.4 billion U.S. dollars). (Xinhua)

Combo photo shows Chen Tingxian guiding traffic at the intersection of Hongling Road and Shennan Road in 1995 (up) and Chen posing for a photo at the intersection of Hongling Road and Shennan Road on Aug. 11, 2020 (bottom, photo taken by Mao Siqian) in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province. In 1986, 18-year-old Chen Tingxian came to join the army in Shenzhen from Yingde City of Guangdong Province. In 1993, he became a traffic police. During his 27 years' career as traffic police, Chen worked in many parts of Shenzhen and witnessed the development of Shenzhen. When China established the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone in 1980, its population was less than 30,000. Forty years later, it has developed into the biggest immigrant city in China housing 13 million with its GDP hitting 2.69 trillion yuan (about 389.4 billion U.S. dollars). (Xinhua)

Combo photo shows Wei Wei and his wife Chen Rong posing for a photo in the then Shenzhen Central Hospital on its opening day in 1999 (up) and the couple in the now Shenzhen Hospital of Beijing University in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province, on Aug. 15, 2020 (bottom, photo taken by Mao Siqian). After graduation from the Tongji Medical College with a doctor's degree, Wei Wei decided to start his new life in Shenzhen because of his appreciation of the city's construction and urban planning. In 1999, Wei Wei became a doctor in the general surgery department of the newly-opened Shenzhen Central Hospital, which changed its name to Shenzhen Hospital of Beijing University in 2001. Wei Wei took the lead to set up the hospital's thyroid &breast surgery department in 2004, which was rated as a key discipline of clinical medicine of the city in 2020. "Shenzhen has taught me how to learn from the youth. It's a place that keeps people moving forward. When you have stepped on a certain leve

Combo photo shows newly-recruited Wang Qinjin posing for a photo in the warehouse of the SF Express Co., Ltd. in 2009 (up) and Wang in the flight deck of an airplane of the company in Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province, on Feb. 20, 2019 (bottom, photo taken by Mao Siqian). The 32-year-old Wang Qinjin came from Leping City of east China's Jiangxi Province. After graduation from the Taiyuan University of Science and Technology, he came to Shenzhen in 2009 to find a job. Attracted by the talent reserve project of the SF Express Co., Ltd., China's delivery services giant, he joined the company and became a warehouse keeper. In 2010, when the company began to select pilots from its employees for the first time, Wang Qinjin grabbed the opportunity and passed various levels of selections and examinations, and finally started his pilot career in 2013 and became a command pilot in 2019. He has completed a total of 3,800 hours of safe flight and d

Combo photo shows Lin Ping working as a trader for securities company in Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 1994 (up) and working in a securities company on Aug. 14, 2020 (bottom, photo taken by Zhao Ruixi) in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province. Lin came from Shaoguan City of Guangdong. She became a teacher of a middle school in Shenzhen after graduation from college in 1988. In 1994, Lin went to work in a securities company and was sent to Shenzhen Stock Exchange as a trader. In her over 20 years' career in securities, Lin witnessed the development of China stock market in Shenzhen. When China established the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone in 1980, its population was less than 30,000. Forty years later, it has developed into the biggest immigrant city in China housing 13 million with its GDP hitting 2.69 trillion yuan (about 389.4 billion U.S. dollars). (Xinhua)

Combo photo shows Ding Ke posing for a photo at Shenzhen North Railway Station on his way to Hong Kong for study in 2011 (up) and Ding posing for a photo at his own company in Shenzhen-Hong Kong Science and Technology Cooperation Zone in Futian District on Aug. 12, 2020 (bottom, photo taken by Mao Siqian) in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong Province. Ding set foot in Shenzhen in 2009 en route to studying in Hong Kong. In 2017, he came to Shenzhen once again to create his high-tech company. When China established the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone in 1980, its population was less than 30,000. Forty years later, it has developed into the biggest immigrant city in China housing 13 million with its GDP hitting 2.69 trillion yuan (about 389.4 billion U.S. dollars). (Xinhua)

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