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From the Hanyu Pinyin romanization of the Mandarin 深圳 (Shēnzhèn), from (shēn, “deep”) + (zhèn, “irrigation ditch”).


  • IPA(key): /ˌʃɛnˈd͡ʒɛn/, /ˌʃɛnˈʒɛn/

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A major subprovincial city in Guangdong, in southeastern China.
    • Encyclopædia Britannica
      In 1979 Shenzhen was a small border city of some 30,000 inhabitants that served as a customs stop into mainland China from Hong Kong.
    • 2006 November 8, China Daily:
      Shenzhen municipal government will give top priority to developing its modern logistics and finance sectors and building the industries into the city's pillar sectors in the following years.
    • 2008, Leslie T. Chang, Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China[1], New York: Spiegel & Grau, →ISBN, →LCCN, →OCLC, page 29:
      Over the next two years, China set up four “special economic zones” as testing grounds for free-enterprise practices like foreign investment and tax incentives. The largest zone was Shenzhen, about fifty miles south of Dongguan, which quickly became a symbol of a freewheeling China always open for business. Shenzhen was a planned showcase city, willed into being by leaders in Beijing and supported by government ministries and the companies under them.
    • 2009, Lanqing Li, “The Birth of Special Economic Zones”, in Ling Yuan, Zhang Siying, transl., Breaking Through: The Birth of China's Opening-Up Policy[2], →ISBN, →OCLC, page 122:
      The tiny 0.8-square-kilometer Luohu District was where the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone really got off to a good start.
    • 2021 June 21, Keith Bradsher, “Chinese port difficulties amid a Covid outbreak further snarl global trade.”, in The New York Times[3], →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 2021-06-21, Business‎[4]:
      The blockage of the Suez Canal in March? No, there is another disruption in global shipping. This time, the problem lies in Shenzhen, a sprawling metropolis adjacent to Hong Kong in southeastern China.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:Shenzhen.




Proper noun[edit]


  1. Shenzhen (a major subprovincial city in Guangdong, in southeastern China)