On Sunday I took a trip down to Shekou to see the branch of the V&A (Victoria and Albert) Museum. It's small but interesting. Much of the building is still empty but gradually being filled with art shops and the like.
However the jewel is The Shekou Museum of Reform and Opening. It documents the opening up of China with photographs and text. The Shekou Industrial Zone was the first part of Shenzhen SEZ to be built, opening up to foreign investment in January 1980.
Construction started in 1979 and was driven through by Yuan Geng. I had never heard of him but now I wish there was an English biography - check on the Wiki article for a taster. So many innovations were introduced by him. For example, the workers did not have SZ Hukou so were not covered by the regular distribution of rice. Yuan Geng had shops! opened where they could buy it. Many other such innovations.
He told his subordinates who were getting nervous about so many empty factory buildings "If they never fill, then I'll take responsibility. In the worst case I'll just go back to prison."
Of course there are the standard shots of Deng Xiaoping on the Minghua and Gu Mu and Jiang Zemin standing on a hill and pointing.
If you are in SZ and are interested in how China started going international 40 years ago, then have a look.Edited: 6:43 am, March 12, 2018