Saturday, June 11, 2005

Number of High-Tech Enterprises Triples in Five Years

Number of High-Tech Enterprises in the Haidian Zone Trebles in the Last Five Years

June 11, 2005

((Translated from the Chinese by Tyler Rooker on June 11, 2005 for

This paper reporting. “By the end of 2004, the Haidian District had a total of 14,280 high-tech enterprises; in the end of 1999, it had 4,846 high-tech enterprises.” In a marked difference from typical government departments who release information idiomatically using vague expressions such as “approximately” and “over such and such an amount,” Zhou Liangluo, the head of the Haidian District and director of the Haidian Science & Technology Zone Management Committee, provided the above information during the opening ceremony for the Haidian Park “Five Years Ascend the Platform” summary and honorary convention. Mr. Zhou is the embodiment of the persistent style of the Haidian Zone--accurate and objective.

“The Haidian District is the region with the most abundant technological and human resources in the entire country.” According to Zhou Liangluo, the per capita gross revenue from technology-industry-trade in the Haidian Park for 2004 was 599,900 yuan. Technology occupies a 60.5% share of total revenue, while pure technology revenue occupies a 20.1% share of the total.

Yuan Hang, manager at Renmin University Jincang Data Company, told this reporter that although there may not be direct benefits to technology-oriented companies from a favorable ecological environment, it attracts people of talent and sets the stage for collaborative partners. A poor external environment will often produce a “nay vote.”

“A quiet change” is both the emphasis and the challenge of dealing with the environment in the Haidian District. The rebuilding of the District environment must deal with a densely packed population so key policies must be both cautious and considerate to keep interference in people’s lives to a minimum. In the past 6 years, the city of Beijing and the Haidian District governments have invested over 20 billion yuan in the Zhongguancun region. Much construction has focused on traffic infrastructure in this region. New construction or rebuilding has been done on 40 roads in Zhongguancun and its immediate area: Third Ring Road, Fourth Ring Road, Fifth Ring Road, the city rail system, Zhongguancun Avenue, Xueyuan Road, and Beiqing Road are the main arteries in the traffic network structure. The scale of investment and the total length of the roads average first in the city.

Establishing a specialized science & technology zone and forming synergies from industry centralization are effective ways to reduce the costs for newly emerging technology enterprises. Recent years have confirmed that many developed countries have practiced these methods. The Haidian District government has been active in introducing advanced ideas and experiences, building a total of 12 specialized zones and production bases. Among these, the already complete Tsinghua Science & Technology Park has over 400 enterprises and intermediary organizations. It is the only class-A national university science & technology park in the country. With promotion and guidance from the government, an upper- and middle-echelon industry centralization structure has gradually formed in the zone.

An almost ideal living environment has made the Haidian District into the hottest spot for China’s high-tech enterprises. To this, Zhou Liangluo added that in the future perfecting the zone’s environment is the top priority for the District government and the Zone management committee. “To attract a phoenix to nest, it is crucial to create an external environment that is suitable to its development.” Zhou Liangluo said that the future work of the Haidian District government and the Zone management committee will focus on hastening the transformation of government functions. They must assist in building finance and venture capital systems while advancing the perfection of specialized zones and industry bases. A new platform for merchants must be built, while encouragement for independent innovations in R&D must be strengthened. Mr. Zhou sees the goals as improving the degree of organization in industry and promoting the internationalization of the Zone while creating a new level of talented individuals.

Reporter: Yan Yan with Liu Changsheng
Article Source: Science & Technology Daily (June 11, 2005)

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