Shenzhen, China’s pioneering city in reform and opening up in Guangdong province, was presented the City of Design award by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
It became the 16th member of UNESCO’s Creative City Network, and the first city in China to be presented with such an award.
Xu Zongheng, the mayor, said, ‘Shenzhen, a city rich in innovation and originality, began its creative path 28 years ago, when China’s first special economic zone was established here. The design and innovation industry has become one of the four pillars of Shenzhen’s economy.’
He added, ‘For example, nearly 80% of artificial Christmas trees sold worldwide come from Shenzhen.’
This may not, perhaps, be viewed by all as a standard of success but it certainly is of concentrated industry.
The city has more than 6,000 design companies and 60,000 designers.
In September, Shenzhen devised a plan to become a national innovation city by 2015. The plan calls for more than 5.5 percent of the GDP to be spent on scientific research.
Source: English People’s Daily Online