Flashback: Photos of Shenzhen in 1981 Taken by an Expat

Published
01/13/2018 by

The following article was written and shared by a ShekouDaily reader. He enjoyed the special opportunity of visiting Shenzhen back in 1981 and wanted to share his photos and experiences with you.

 

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Shenzhen City 1981, China


Back in 1981, a Hong Kong company purchased our software system for a company I worked for. The purchase included 5 days of on-site installation/consulting as part of the purchase. During the consulting, the client referred our software to a friend who worked at a company based in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, so we spent part of our time at the Shenzhen office. 


Shenzhen City 1981

 

We crossed into Shenzhen at Luohu.


Shenzhen City 1981, China


At 29 years old and first time outside of the USA, (except for Canada and Mexico), it was a mind blowing experience.


Shenzhen City 1981, China

 

It is so long ago, that I have only vague recollections of the time in Shenzhen, but there is very little relationship between what I remember and the Shenzhen of today.


Shenzhen City 1981, China

 

The contrast between HK and Shenzhen was very dramatic.


Shenzhen City 1981, China


It's amazing how much Shenzhen has changed in just 30 years.


Shenzhen City 1981, China


As I remember, just about all the roads we walked on were dirt, or poorly paved roads.


Shenzhen City 1981, China


Also, don’t recall any buildings more than a few stories high.


Shenzhen City 1981, China


On the last day, my guide took me on a tour of Shenzhen resulting in the pictures overlooking the city.


Shenzhen City 1981, China


Wish I could remember exactly where we went but too much time has passed for that.


Shenzhen City 1981, China


If you have any photos from back in the day, I encourage you to share them too.


Shenzhen City 1981, China

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