THe Blog

May 10, 2016

Shenzhen: from Rural Village to the World's Largest Megalopolis

Source: Guardian Cities


The Guardian documents the astonishing, controversial rise of Shenzhen, an "unremarkable Chinese settlement that ‘smelled of countryside’" to become to world's largest megalopolis.  


"Shenzhen, a city of around 11 million people, is now merely one element of the Pearl River Delta, the world’s largest continuously urbanised area with a population of more than 60 million people...


When Houng stayed here in 1974 on his way to Hong Kong, Old Street was pretty much the only road around – with just a few lanes leading off it, dotted with simple restaurants and a handful of small shops. “Back then it smelled very green; it smelled of countryside,” Houng says. “There was no pollution or industrialisation, just natural smells.”"

x Close Window

Please verify your email address to access this content