Shenzhen municipality was established in 1979 and became the first special economic zone in 1980. In a fleeting 40 years of time, Shenzhen Special Economic Zone has emerged as a window to China's reform and opening up, with remarkable progresses at all fronts, breathing its charm, dynamism, motivation and innovation in every way. On August 9th, 2019, the Opinions of the State Council on Supporting Shenzhen to Build a Leading Demonstration Zone of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics was issued, which has given Shenzhen a new historic mission to built itself into a demonstration zone of socialism with Chinese characteristics.
In 2020, Shenzhen's total GDP has hit a record-breaking level of 2.6 trillion RMB, with a year-on-year increase of 3.1%, ranking first among the four first-tier cities in China. Compared with that of the end of 1979, Shenzhen’s GDP soared by 14116 times, whose growth speed topped the list of cities in China. The export and import value added up to 3.05 trillion, showing a year-on-year growth of 2.4%. The export value increased by 1.5% to 1.7 trillion while the import value grew by 3.6% to arrive at 1.35 trillion.
Besides, in November 2020, after the General Office of the Central Commission for Guiding Cultural and Ethical Progress had announced the sixth List of National Civilized Cities and reviewed the previous five lists of cities that retained this honorary title, Shenzhen was awarded the title for six consecutive years and recognized in a circulate for its high ranking in the review result. The title of National Civilized City is one of the most widely recognized and difficult award to earn, which requires comprehensive appraisal processes and reflects the city’s overall civilization level.