This paper examines the rapid urban growth in the city of Shenzhen with particular focus on urban economic
growth, population growth, agriculture and environmental changes. With the rapid expansion of population and the builtup
area, there is increasing demand for the provision of urban infrastructure. The volume of environmental pollution is
also increasing. The problems of environmental pollution and the negative impact on agriculture have also been examined
in the paper. Shenzhen’s agriculture has undergone a transition from general agriculture to the rise and eventually decline
of suburban agriculture. Shenzhen’s case indicates that it is possible to move towards balanced development in social,
economic and environmental dimensions even for new large cities like Shenzhen.