Foto Friday: Communism in Shenzhen, China

Foto Friday: Communism in Shenzhen, China

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels.

This week’s photo is from Shenzhen, China.

Shenzhen may be one of the fastest growing cities in China, but it’s also the youngest. At only 30 years old, Shenzhen was the first Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The city’s sole purpose was to make money through introducing capitalism to communism thanks to the ideals of Deng Xiaoping.

Throughout Shenzhen you can find statues and propaganda billboards that pay homage to Deng, still long after his death. This particular billboard quotes “Adhere to the Communist Party’s line, 100 years unwavering”.  Every day hundreds of people will visit billboards like this one, often leaving flowers and always taking pictures besides them.

Shenzhen - Mar 2013

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  • Gabriel says:

    I spent about 3 months in China and don’t ever really remember seeing billboards of this size. I did hear a lot about the dangers of saying bad things about him in papers, online etc.

    • Beth Williams says:

      Were you in Shenzhen? There are actually quite a few billboards there, although I haven’t seen any elsewhere in China.

  • memographer says:

    I’ve never been to China! Thanks for the introduction to Shenzhen. I am sure there are plenty of billboards like this in China :) Can’t wait for my “picture time”!

    • Beth Williams says:

      There are definitely a few good billboards to keep watch for while in China– especially in Shenzhen! Where will you be going in China?

  • nicole says:

    That’s some different insight! Thanks for sharing this. It’s pretty cool reading about these kinds of facts. =)

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