A 30-strong delegation of journalists from home and Southeast Asian countries visited Qianhai yesterday morning on a tour organized by the Guangdong Provincial Cyberspace Administration that showcased the vitality of the Greater Bay Area.
Many journalists were impressed by the advanced, people-oriented urban setting of Qianhai after visiting the Qianhai Exhibition Center. “There have been quite a lot changes going on here,” said Chen Xin, the director of the Overseas Correspondents Center of the All-China Journalists Association who had visited Qianhai in 2016. “There are more skyscrapers and more people here compared with the last time when I was in Qianhai.”
The delegation then visited the Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Youth Innovation and Entrepreneur Hub (the E-hub) where they were given a brief introduction to the E-hub as well as heard from representatives of three high-tech startups that have been incubated at the E-hub about their entrepreneurial stories and innovative undertakings in Qianhai.
Kwok Wai-keung of R-Guardian, a high-tech firm that produces smart luggage and other daily-use goods, spoke highly of the business environment and preferential policies that give support young entrepreneurs based in Qianhai.
Kwok, who was born and raised in Hong Kong, said Shenzhen has a complete industrial chain and all the resources needed to turn his innovative ideas into products, something that Hong Kong lacks.
A smart camera, created and produced by Remo-AI Technology that uses an advanced neural network to achieve AI tracking, intelligent composition and power gesture, attracted the attention of many journalists at the E-hub.
According to Li Bin, a PR manager of Remo-AI Technology, the high-tech startup settled in Qianhai because of the various kinds of supports Qianhai has to offer, such as rent subsidies, preferential policies on taxes and certified high-tech firms.
Li said his company is being reviewed to become a nationally certified high-tech company. “The progress is only possible with all the supports from Qianhai,” he said of the company, which was founded three years ago.
Walnut Tech, another startup set up in 2016, has obtained 18 million yuan from investors over the past two years. Peng Yiheng, founder of Walnut Tech, said that apart from the favorable business environment and supportive policies, he was drawn to Qianhai because of its ideal geographical location, which makes it a good platform from which his company can explore the world market.
Peng told the journalists that the Spectra series of portable and intelligent electric skateboard were sold in a dozen countries and become very popular among young people around the world. Its latest Spectra X received a large number of preorders from worldwide.
The delegation visited the Qianhai lab of CIMC, a manufacturer of offshore deepwater drilling platforms before they were received by Deputy Director Wang Jinxia of the Qianhai Cooperation Authority.
Wang briefed the journalists on the economic achievements Qianhai has made over the past few years, and discussed about future cooperation opportunities on economic and cultural exchanges between Qianhai and Southeast Asian countries.
A journalist with the Vietnam’s People’s Daily said the process Qianhai has experienced through the course of its development is precious knowledge for Vietnam’s economic development.
The delegation also visited the headquarters of Shenzhen Internet giant Tencent during their tour to Shenzhen.