The 2017 “BMW Next Mobility Youth Camp” will take place in the core area of 35 km2 in Hangzhou Future Sci-tech City, reaching to Hangzhou-Xuancheng Railway in the north, Dongxi Avenue in the west, Changchun-Shenzhen Expressway in the east, and Hemu Road and Luting Road in the south.
Situated in Yuhang District in the northwest of Hangzhou and the middle section of Hangzhou West High-tech Innovation Corridor, Hangzhou Future Sci-tech City became one of the four future sci-tech cities in China in 2011. It is a high-end talent gathering area, institutional reform pilot area and independent innovation demonstration area gaining support from Zhejiang Province, Hangzhou City, and Yuhang District. It is not only a new city, but positioned as auxiliary city center in the map of Hangzhou 2016. It aims to become an international special zone of creative talents, a sustainable and vibrant start-up base that reaches to every corner of the country and a leader of high-end quality livable eco-city in the future.
Hangzhou Future Sci-tech City was launched in 2011. After six years of construction, most of the buildings in the plot to the north of Wenyi West Road have been erected. The core area locates start-up platforms such as Overseas High-level Talents Innovation Park and Dream Village, and has attracted many famous enterprises such as Alibaba and Tmall.com and universities such as Zhejiang Sci-Tech University and Hangzhou Normal University. In addition, high-quality commercial and residential projects including Xixi Financial Island, Euro-America Financial City, AI Town, international school and public school, and international hospital will settle in Hangzhou Future Sci-tech City.
Talents are the most valuable resources and development is driven by technology innovation, which is the core concept and development strategy upheld in Hangzhou Future Sci-tech City. To date, the city has introduced nearly 2,400 overseas high-level talents, including 110 ones at national level and 144 at provincial level; and has cultivated 3,200 micro, small and medium technology enterprises, including 77 municipal-level high-tech enterprises and 109 national high-tech enterprises. The city has also witnessed rapidly rising fiscal and tax revenue. From 2011 to 2016, the city’s industry and trade revenue rose from 20.3 billion yuan to 237.8 billion yuan, and taxes rose from 1.17 billion yuan to 14.84 billion yuan.
Hangzhou Future Sci-tech City is about 18 kilometers away from Hangzhou downtown, covering a total area of 113 square kilometers. Its core area covers 35 square kilometers, with a planned population of 268,200 and functions including technology research and development, business services, public services, high-level housing, leisure and travel. Spatial structure of the core area features “two centers, two axes, three zones, four sections, and four nodes”.
- “Two centers”: City commercial and business center, city public service center
- “Two axes: Wenyi West Road as the E-W city development axis and Liangmu Road as the S-N city development axis
- “Three zones”: Northern industrial development zone, southern life and leisure zone, central public service zone
- “Four sections”: Four functional sections divided by Wenyi West Road and Liangmu Road, the two city development axes, including northwest section, southwest section, northeast R&D section, and southeast life section.
- “Four nodes”: Northern Cangqian street service center, two eastern R&D centers, and southern travel service center
Ecological advantages: livable and business-friendly
The famous natural ecological environment of Hangzhou Future Sci-tech City is an important attraction for domestic and foreign talents to settle down and start an undertaking, such as Wuchang wetland in original ecology. The city borders Xixi National Wetland Park – China’s largest urban wetland park which is known as “City Green Lung” in the east, and is surrounded by Harmony Water Village wetland, Nanhu lake, and Qingshan Lake National Water Forest Park, which together cultivates a natural environment comparable to “natural oxygen bar”. The city takes a new path of development featuring integration of industries, city and dwellers, aiming to become a green city with abundant functions catering to urban dwellers.
Overseas High-level Talents Innovation Park: High-level talents base
July 2010, Overseas High-level Talents Innovation Park is positioned as a talent reform development experimental area whose operation is subject to a new mechanism, and it is a start-up and innovation highland gathering high-level talents at home and abroad. The initial area of the park is about 1.6 hectares, a high-end start-up space for overseas returnees in Hangzhou Future Sci-tech City.
Dream Town: A Heaven for Innovators
Characteristic towns act as a crucial platform and supporter for the entrepreneurship and innovation demonstration area in the Hangzhou Future Sci-tech City. In line with the planning, there will be multiple characteristic towns to be built in this city in a row. As one of the earliest built-up towns in the Hangzhou Future Sci-tech City, the Dream Town has become a renowned mass innovation platform in China. This town is a pilot and demonstrative area for the “Mass Entrepreneurship and Mass Innovation” campaign in Zhejiang Province, which now has turned into a model for science and technological parks nationwide. Lying in the core area in the Hangzhou Future Sci-tech City, the Dream Town launched in August 2014 aims to create a platform with sound environment and attracts elites both at home and abroad to the city for entrepreneurship, so as to achieve a Silicon-Valley-like area in China, and a town for internet-based entrepreneurship, as well as angel investments.
The Dream Town lies in Cangqian Town of Yuhang City. Located in the bank of the ancient canal in the west of Hangzhou, Cangqian is an 800-year-old town with a good reputation for its prosperous agriculture and silk industry. As an outstanding man gives an air of sanctity to his birthplace, Zhang Taiyan, a renowned Chinese culture expert is an honorary representative for people living in Cangqian. Lying in Cangqian, the Dream Town brings a new area for young people’s entrepreneurship by transforming these 800-year streets in this ancient town into business districts, with the 12 granaries in the internet town transformed into entrepreneurship incubators. By adapting residents to the new urban space and new economic forms, the Dream Town offers core public space for residents, and the Xingcang Road with local residents serves the town in return.
Dream Town covers three square kilometers, with the business area, the area for culture activities, and the area for daily life therein sharing equal space. This town features a natural eco-environment by integrating river systems, green land, ancient towns and public space in a harmonious manner, which offers satisfying environments for both business and recreation. Its idea of “eco-environment prior to life and production” has been recognized by many companies.
Thanks to its superior natural environment, various supporting policies for entrepreneurship, people’s settlement, and education for children, as well as policies on funding, the Dream Town is characterized by a sound entrepreneurship momentum, which now has seen over 990 entrepreneurial projects and roughly 9,400 entrepreneurs. Besides, there are over 110 projects here financed by over a million yuan respectively, with the total financing amount reaching RMB3.89 billion. Additionally, this town gathers over 680 financial institutions managing RMB15 billion capitals. The growing air for entrepreneurship in this town has concerned media both at home and abroad a lot, which also contributes to its entrepreneurial environment and brand image.
Hangzhou West High-tech Innovation Corridor
Located in the west of Hangzhou, the Hangzhou West High-tech Innovation Corridor is a major area gathering innovation resources, and is also a crucial supporter and driver for the reform towards the development pattern driven by high-tech innovation in Zhejiang Province. This corridor is formed by three high-tech clusters, with nearly a hundred famous universities and research institutes including Zhejiang University and the institute of the College of Engineering, Peking University stationed here. The corridor is 33 kilometers long and 6.8 kilometers wide, covering 224 square kilometers in total, and it costs an hour to drive from the corridor to the Hangzhou East Railway Station and Hangzhou Xiaoshan Airport respectively. As this corridor is in the core zone of the Yangtze River Delta Economic Area as well as the city cluster here, after the planned Hangzhou West High-speed Railway Station is put into operation, it will be linked up with local city clusters.
The regional productivity here is ranked the top in Zhejiang. In 2015, the gross regional production of the corridor hit RMB57.9 billion, accounting for 5.7% of the gross production of Hangzhou. Besides, its growth rate is twice as much as the average of Hangzhou City, of which the economic aggregate has been topping the list of industrial clusters of Zhejiang for four years in a row. What’s more, scientific research funds and talents here are also ranked the top nationwide. Aiming at high-tech innovation industries, this area focuses on fields and industries including future networks, cloud computing, Big Data, e-commerce, the internet of things, artificial intelligence, bioscience, new-energy vehicles, and new materials.
The Space Structure of “One Zone, Three Cities and Multiple Towns” in the Corridor
One zone refers to the east-west high-tech innovation sub-zone, fast traffic sub-zone, technological innovation industry sub-zone, quality life style sub-zone, and green ecological sub-zone linking up major high-tech innovative businesses. This zone acts as a major line running through business areas, industries, and urban functions, as well as a major connection for innovative businesses and life-sharing services.
Three Cities here refers to the Zhejiang University Science City, the Hangzhou Future Sci-tech City, and the Qingshanhu Science City. In the east of the Hangzhou West High-tech Innovation Corridor, the Zhejiang University Science City is a top research and teaching platform in China, which functions as the core business of science research and development (R & D) in this corridor. The Hangzhou Future Sci-tech City is in the mid-east area of the corridor and the south of the Hangzhou-Xuancheng Railway, which functions as a district integrating industrial R & D and life services, aiming to create a new science city for both industries and urban functions, and meantime form the business called “Big Data-like urban services”. On the other hand, the Qingshanhu Science City comprising two districts of Qingshanhu and Hengfan is located in the west of the corridor. The Qingshanhu District mainly offers science R & D and life services, while the Hengfan District is defined as a base for the industrialization of research findings.
Multiple Towns refers to those characteristic towns and innovative business areas alongside the corridor that feature various functions. The priority is attached to the advancement of the Dream Town and the Cloud Manufacturing Town, and the significance has also been attached to the improvement for the construction of the Xixigu Internet Finance Town and the Aged Care Town. Furthermore, during the construction, developers are also actively planning important innovation and entrepreneurship supporters like the Taobao Town and Overseas Entrepreneurship Town.