National Geographic : 1983 Jul
Luxurious lures, posh $100,000 Crystal Gardensseaside villas (left) in Shekou IndustrialZone are designed to appealto foreign businessmen. To enjoy the view around Shek Ngam Lake (below), members of the Lake and Hot Springs Country Club pay entrance fees startingat $3,000. The club, with 1,400 members, mostly from Hong Kong, chose to locate in Shenzhen because land there is cheaperthan in the British crown colony. ZhangJing-fang(above), 17, an aspiringjournalistin Shenzhen, displays the image of a new China. Her clothing style, ubiquitous in the SEZs, bespeaks a sirensong of capitalism thatthe government combats withfences and politicaleducation.But for China the potentialrewards are great: foreign exchange, badly needed technology and trainingfor skilled workers, and an interimstep toward its stated goals of reabsorbingHong Kong as well as Taiwan.