The new campus of the Chinese technology giant Huawei features 12 cities made in the form of miniature copies of European cities, including Paris, Oxford and Verona, connected by a one-way electric tram.
While the United States is pushing its European allies to oust the Chinese mobile phone maker from the 5G market, the company has come up with an innovative solution: to build its own Europe.
Huawei's "The Horn of the Bull" The campus is being built on the outskirts of the capital Shenzhen, where the company’s headquarters are currently located. According to a company blog post, the European imitators division aims to develop the creative potential of employees and provide them with a respite from the atmosphere of crowded Chinese cities, which are dominated by skyscrapers.
The 108 buildings in the center of an area of 1.4 million square meters were completed within four years, and most of the 25,000 employees who are expected to live there permanently will already live there.
This “escape from the life of a big city”, however, can also be described as seclusion – there is only one railway line at the facility, and the traffic in the territory is circular. No major roads pass, leaving residents with a choice of tram, small electric buses or walking.
As in Disney World parks, the complex operates on an "all inclusive" system and offers entertainment, shopping centers and cafes. However, one significant difference is that Ox Horn is closed to everyone except authorized personnel and its approved guests.
The artificial European atmosphere is complemented by artificially built lakes and rivers, as well as reproductions of famous landmarks. The Oxford region imitates the atmosphere of an elite city university, and, of course, mini-Germany will not be complete without a full copy of Heidelberg Castle.
While Huawei employees at a new research facility smack a latte on a facsimile Paris boulevard, Wanzhou Mang’s chief financial officer is still facing extradition from Canada to the United States on fraud charges. On Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Gen Shuang accused the United States of trying to strangle their market competition with state power.
Do you think your friends will be interested? Share this story!