In the early 1980s, a typhoon rainstorm flooded the Shenzhen Railway Station, affecting travel.
The Shenzhen Railway Station in 1998 was a transportation junction linking railway, subway and bus. The Shenzhen government transformed and renovated the railway station many times to better facilitate people's travel experience.
A view of Dongmen old street in Shenzhen in 1983. Then, it was a small, remote town neighboring Hong Kong with a population of less than 30,000 residents.
Dongmen in 2009 was a bustling center with high rises and throngs of people, a must-go site for shopping and traveling.
The Baishaling area under Bijia Hill in Shenzhen in 1985 was a shanty town for the early construction workers and builders transforming Shenzhen.
The central area of Futian district of Shenzhen was under development in 1996.
Skyscrapers rise above the formerly flat plain in central Shenzhen in 2009.
Engineering troops for capital construction cooled off with water from a well in 1982.
Shenzhen's Shangbu wharf is pictured in 1989. Most building materials in the early phases of construction were transported through the Shenzhen River here.
As Shenzhen is always extremely hot in summer, workers often drank water out of large, shallow metal tubs.
A mother brings her son, who sits bare-bottomed on a desk, to a night university in 1984.
The sun bursts through the clouds above the Caiwuwei area in Shenzhen's Luohu district in 1984. The ground was just broken for construction and a new town was going to rise.
The Caiwuwei area in Shenzhen's Luohu district in 1998 is completely transformed and filled with high towers and skyscrapers.
An electrician and broadcaster with the construction troop based in Shenzhen washes his feet while reading a book.
Lights illuminate the festivities on the night of 1998's Mid-Autumn Festival.
A worker stretches his arms to the sky on the Hongling Mansion construction site in Shenzhen in 1984.
Native Hakka women play games at home.
In 2010, fireworks liven up the party held to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone.
The Mission Hills Golf Course in Shenzhen is the largest golf course in Asia. The final of the 11th World Cup of Golf was held here in 1995.
Cyclists compete in the 9th National Games in Shenzhen in 2001.
Over 3,000 villagers from the He'ao new village in Longgang of Shenzhen lived in a model village which had orderly planned villas and farmland in 2006.
An aerial view offers a clear picture of Shenzhen in development in 2007.
The Shenzhen Special Economic Zone in South China's Guangdong province was established in August 1980. In the early 1980s, photographer Zhou Shunbin followed a troop of construction workers to enter Shenzhen and experienced the difficulties of working in what was then an undeveloped area.
Every day he went to the construction site under the scorching sun to take photos and write articles about the construction soldiers and workers. He created a series of photos recording the construction's progress and life in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, which are precious historical materials reflecting Shenzhen's urban development.
China started implementing the policy of reform and opening up in 1978, so this collection of photos also serves as a witness to the changes in Shenzhen after the policy.
Zhou has been a photographer for 38 years, and is now a consultant with the Shenzhen Photographers Association.