• 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


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).

Discover Shenzhen

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

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Save the Date – Shenzhen Design Week

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Shenzhen Global Design Award (SDA) calls for entries

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Global Design Award

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Invitation to SDAY2017 Exhibition in Katowice Poland

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Shenzhen Design Week 2018 – call for projects

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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…

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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…

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