Shenzhen staged a three-minute "City Show" on the evening of Feb. 4 to celebrate the grand opening of the 2022 Beijing Games and extend Chinese Lunar New Year greetings and good wishes to people around the world!
The 2022 Chinese Lunar New Year coincides with the Beijing Games. When the five-ring flag was raised at the Venues of the Beijing Games, the Olympic flame symbolizing excellence, friendship and respect was lit up in China.
The three-minute showcase on the city of Shenzhen adopted a variety of new technologies, new tools and new forms, featuring drones performing dizzying formations in the sky, gradually shaping from snowflakes to mascots of the Winter Games. The urban laser art performance illuminated the Chinese words "Tian Xia Yi Jia" in the night sky, echoing the slogan of the Winter Games: "Together for a shared future." Hundreds of citizens and artists dressed as snow fairies and flower fairies danced together to wish the country prosperity, safety and happiness. The collective display integrated fashion, technology and traditional Lingnan culture to offer the world's stage a sense of the city's charm, vitality and innovation.
Since its inception in 1980, Shenzhen has since become the "pathfinder" of China's reform by driving much of the country's innovation. Over the past 40 years, Shenzhen's total economic output has risen from 270 million yuan in 1980 to more than 2.7 trillion yuan in 2020, ranking among the top five Asian cities — and cementing its role in the history of global industrialization, urbanization and modernization. What began as an obscure border town that evolved into a modern international metropolis with global influence, the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone has served as the model for China's economic development over the last 40 years.
Shenzhen was approved to join the Creative Cities Network on Dec. 7, 2008, making it the first city in China to be awarded the title of "the Design City" by UNESCO. What makes Shenzhen stand out is that "as a fast-growing city, Shenzhen has a not so long but vibrant history with energy and young residents," according to UNESCO.
For Shenzhen, a modern young metropolis home to citizens aged an average of 32.5 years old, urge for changes, reform and innovation have become its normalcy, and continuous adjustment and adaptation reflect the vitality of the city and the momentum of its progress.