• Shenzhen


Facts and Figures


Shenzhen, China


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).

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.

Discover Shenzhen

Call // Shenzhen Global Design Award 2023

The Shenzhen Global Design Award (SDA) aims to discover designers with creativity, vision, foresight, and influence. It also aims to enhance the exchanges and cooperation…

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Call for entries // The 5th SDAY

Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents (SDAY) In association and cooperation with UNESCO Creative Cities Network The Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents (SDAY) is…

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Shenzhen Design Week 2020

The long-awaited Shenzhen Design Week is back. From today to Aug. 30, Shenzhen will experience an unrivaled creative frenzy during Shenzhen Design Week 2020.Thirty-three design…

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Shenzhen Global Design Award 2020 (Special Edition) calls for entries

The Organizing Committee of the Shenzhen Design Week cordially invites designers from around the world to enter the Shenzhen Global Design Award 2020 (Special Edition):…

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Call for Posters: All Against nCoV

As the nCoV struck the globe, the city of Shenzhen is inviting designers worldwide to create posters that convey global solidarity and support to each…

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Call for Entries: Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents (SDAY)

The Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents is an international professional competition for young designers (under 35 years) who are from the 180 UNESCO Creative…

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Save the Date – Shenzhen Design Week

In 2019, Shenzhen Design Week (SZDW) highlights the connection and influence between design and industry, design and the society.

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Shenzhen Global Design Award (SDA) calls for entries

The Shenzhen Global Design Award is calling for entries and it has expanded to 5 design categories: Industrial & Product / Communication / Architecture /…

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Global Design Award

In 2017 the Shenzhen Design Week inaugurated the Shenzhen Global Design Award. Over 1,000 projects from 12 countries and regions were submitted. Now it's your…

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