The new campus of the Chinese tech giant Huawei has 12 cities designed as miniature replicas of European cities, including Paris, Oxford and Verona, all connected by a one-way electric tram.
While the US is pushing its European allies to cut the Chinese mobile phone manufacturer out of the 5G market, the company has come up with an innovative solution: building its own Europe.
Huawei's "Ox Horn" is the campus built on the outskirts of the capital Shenzen, where the company's headquarters are currently. The European plant Copycat aims to develop employee creativity and give them respite from the atmosphere of China's crowded skyscraper-dominated megacities, according to a company blog.
The 1[ads1]08 buildings in the center of 1.4 million square meters of territory were completed within four years, and already the majority of the 25,000 employees expected to eventually live there are full time.
However, this "escape from the big city" can also be described as seclusion – there is only one rail line into the facility, and traffic on the territory is circular. No major roads go through, so residents have the option of trams, small electric buses or walking.
As Disney World Parks, the resort is all-encompassing and has entertainment, shopping malls and cafes. A significant difference, however, is that Ox Horn is closed to all but authorized personal and their authorized guests.
The faux European atmosphere is complete with artificially constructed lakes and rivers, along with reproductions of famous landmarks. The Oxford region simulates the atmosphere of the city's elite university, and of course, mini-Germany will not be complete without a full-scale copy of the Heidelberg Castle.
While Huawei employees at the new research facility are releasing on a fax parisian boulevard, the company's finance director Wanzhou Meng is still facing extradition from Canada to the United States due to fraud. On Tuesday, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang blamed the United States for attempting to stifle its market competition with the state.
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