Shenzhen is a big Chinese city located in the south of the country, near the border with Hong Kong. It is built at the mouth of the Pearl River, on the coast of the South China Sea. This is a relatively young and most actively developing megalopolis of the Middle Kingdom. In the world, Shenzhen is perceived as an economic miracle. It is called the "city of parks and skyscrapers" and China's "Silicon Valley".  Shenzhen is the largest center for the manufacture of electrical products. Its population grows exponentially and in the last 30 years from 30 thousand people reached almost 18 million. What attracts young people from all over the world to Shenzhen? Let’s find out!

The business and technology hub Chinese Silicon Valley

Shenzhen has earned the title of China’s most economically competitive city. It houses the 8th largest stock market in the world. Shenzhen has the world’s fourth largest container port and Chinese fourth largest airport for cargo.

Shenzhen is also identified as China’s Silicon Valley, being home to over 14,000 high-tech companies, including technology giants Huawei, Lenovo, DJI and Tencent. The numerous world-class organizations are matched by a burgeoning number of startups, all vying to come up with the next great innovation.

World class education

With a fast-growing economy, Shenzhen is supported by quality higher education institutions. The city has attracted some of the best universities, opened branches of such universities as Tsinghua University (#2 in Asia), Peking University (#7), the Chinese University of Hong Kong (#4), Moscow State University (#74 in the World) and others.

Keen to tap into Shenzhen’s success, these institutions are building impressive campuses featuring world-class teaching facilities and internationally educated professors which lead their graduates to internships and careers in Shenzhen’s elite industries.

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Great location

Shenzhen is in the Pearl River Delta in southeastern China, to the north of Hong Kong, with the total population of 18 million people. Access from abroad or travel within China is made easy by the three major international airports near Shenzhen (in Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou). It is connected by a well-developed highway system in addition to China’s ultra-efficient bullet train network.

The City of Youth

The average age in Shenzhen is 28 years old. Residents aged 20 to 29 represent 35.77% of the city’s population. Well over 10% of Shenzhen residents have postgraduate degrees. As of 2020, the median salary in Shenzhen is 30,900 CNY per month, amongst the highest in China. Shenzhen’s dynamic nature is a paradise for young people and has become a defining characteristic of the city.

City of the future

Shenzhen is already one of the world’s most futuristic cities. The range of technological expertise in the city has made it the leading smart city in China and the world’s role model for smart and safe cities. As a center for research and development, Shenzhen based organizations are pioneering several high-tech sectors, such as mobile technology, DNA sequencing, meta-materials, and 3D displays. 

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Lifestyle choices

While economic success and technological innovation is important, lifestyle makes a city somewhere people want to live. From rich museums and giant marketplaces to scenic gardens and chic breweries, Shenzhen offers all kinds of people the facilities to make the most of their lives.

Green city

Sometimes referred to as the “Garden City of Tomorrow”, Shenzhen maintains a balance with the natural environment which distinguishes it from other Chinese cities – beautifully crafted botanical gardens, stunning panoramas, bay parks, mountains, and beaches. Further to treasuring the nature which exists, the city invests heavily in green growth initiatives. It currently hosts the world’s largest electric-powered urban public transport system.

Pleasant weather all year round

Shenzhen is a pleasant place to live all year round. The city has a sub-tropical climate – so it is very humid during the rainy season (April to October). Winters are mild and a coat may be required on occasions, but the temperature rarely dips too low (never below 10 degree Celsius). Summer days fluctuate between blue skies and downpours, with temperatures usually maxing out at around 35 degrees Celsius. Shenzhen has a long mild summer and short relatively warm winter, making the city comfortable all year-round.

Cost of Living

Life in Shenzhen for a student costs an average of 25,000 RMB a year, which is about 2,000 per month. This should be enough for a tasty and varied meal, clothing, and entertainment. In many places, such as nightclubs, foreigners can not only have free entertainment, but also get free drinks.