Anticipating and preparing for the rise of the IT industry, the auto industry, the biomedicine industry and the equipment manufacturing industry have enabled Beijing ETOWN to provide an ideal home for the sectors’ best innovators.
Building a home from home for the thousands of overseas experts who have flocked to the zone has created communities of like-minded professionals, nurturing and encouraging their creativity and giving rise to new businesses and innovation.
The reason is that in the hi-tech, high-end industries that make Beijing ETOWN tick, people want to live near work and want to live among the people they work with. Clusters have become communities, and communities have become neighbourhoods.
“People in my industry go out jogging together,” says Yang. “It’s very popular. We have the Beijing Marathon in October and we have quite a few people who can run the full marathon and others who can run a half marathon.” He adds, with an apologetic laugh: “I can run 10 kilometres.”
The fourth sector is the environment – green energy such as wind power, solar photovoltaic, green batteries and LED lighting. Beijing ETOWN aims to be the most advanced centre for green and new energy production in northern China.
Like the entrepreneurs driving its phenomenal growth, Beijing ETOWN is restless, intellectually inquisitive and unapologetically ambitious. Today’s achievements are no more than milestones on the road to tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities.