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Shenzhen in pictures: a former fishing village is transformed

Over a few decades, Hong Kong's neighbor has become a high-tech hub

Lasers and LEDs light up the facades of skyscrapers in Shenzhen at the Shenzhen Light Show. (Photo by Masayuki Terazawa)

SHENZHEN -- On a weekday morning in late June, children stand outside the entrance to their elementary school in Shenzhen, Hong Kong's mainland neighbor. A line of gates equipped with facial recognition technology keeps out intruders and notifies parents via smartphone that their kids have arrived.

The facial recognition system was developed by Shenzhen-based internet giant Tencent Holdings and is just one example of the company's push to incorporate artificial intelligence into education.

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