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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.”"

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