• Shenzhen

Shenzhen was officially designated as the City of Design, on Dec 7th, 2008. On that day, the confirmation letter to Shenzhen Municipal Government, signed by then director-general of UNESCO Koichiro Matsuura, was announced on a news conference held by Chinese National Commission for UNESCO. Shenzhen became the first city in China joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Now there are 4 other Chinese cities in the network: Beijing and Shanghai as the City of Design, Chengdu as the City of Gastronomy and Hangzhou as the City of Crafts and Folk Art.

The designation of Shenzhen as the City of Design was the result of recognition by the international community of Shenzhen’s achievement in innovation and creative industries, as well as the professional capacities and capabilities of design enterprises and designers in this city. Currently, there are thousands of design enterprises and over 100,000 professional designers in Shenzhen, covering various design fields like graphic design, industry design, interior and architectural design, fashion design, toy design, jewelry design, crafts design, etc. While achieving local success, many of them are gaining international recognition.

Facts and Figures


Around 10 million inhabitants (metropolitan area)


2,050 km2

Educational institutions



Shenzhen has more than 6,000 design firms with 100,000 employees, creating a yearly output of around 11 billion Yuan (US $1.54 billion).

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Shenzhen Design Week 2018 – call for projects

Shenzhen Design Week (SZDW), sponsored by the Shenzhen Municipal Government, takes place every year in late April. SZDW is the largest and highest level international professional design event in Shenzhen, covering the widest range of categories.

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SDAY – Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents

Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Office and Shenzhen City of Design Promotion Association (SDPA) warmly invite you to participate in this award which recognizes successful or potential young designers from creative cities and Hong Kong.

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Shenzhen Global Design Award

In parallel with the Shenzhen Design Week, the Shenzhen Global Design Award is organized to recognize and reward outstanding designers, and to enhance exchanges between designers at home and abroad.

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