Zizhu National High-Tech Industrial Development Zone is seated in the southeast of Minhang District, Shanghai. Its foundation was laid in 2002. The planning area is 13 km2. The project is divided into three parts: the university campus, the R&D base and the Zizhu supporting area.
The R&D base centers on integrated circuit and software, digital audiovisual, aviation, new energy, new materials and life science in order to attract regional headquarters, research and development centers, venture capital firms and high-tech manufacturers. So far, many Global 500 companies have set up their research and development centers and regional headquarters there, such as Intel, Microsoft, STMicroelectronics, GE, Infosys, Coca-Cola, BorgWarner and ExxonMobil. Meanwhile, a number of major domestic and overseas industrial projects have also settled there, including in large aircraft, nuclear power, new energy and others that concern national key strategic industries.
/ Information Cyberport
Seated in the core area of the R&D base, the information cyberport was built in 2004, covering a gross floor area of 120,000 m2. It can incubate and gather more than 200 companies and hold around 10,000 technical personnel. Currently, it has formed a perfect industrial chain led by several international software development and semiconductor design giants and supplemented by numerous high-growth enterprises.
/ Digital Creativity Hub
The digital creativity hub is also located in the R & D base of the high-tech zone. Phase One has been completed, covering a 220,000 m2 area. The hub is bringing in enterprises in network audiovisual, film and television animation, online games, information technology, e-commerce and other emerging sectors, and will create a perfect ecological environment around the upstream and downstream of the industrial chain with an aim to build a world-leading emerging industry cluster with an annual output value of over 10 billion in 5 years. At present, it is already home to Tudou, China IPTV, TCL-IMAX and other leading enterprises in network audiovisual’s subdivided fields.
The university campus provides abundant talent, intelligence, teaching and research support for the high-tech zone’s industrial development. With SJTU and ECNU at its core, Zizhu High-Tech Zone brings in research institutes and campus branches of prestigious institutions of higher education at home and abroad. In 2012, Zizhu International Education Park was established to attract world-class universities to settle down and carry out higher education, with a view to creating a higher education cluster and a model park for in-depth integration of industry, university and research that exerts global influence. Among the settled are USC-SJTU Institute of Cultural and Creative Industry, Asia Europe Business School, ECNU-UH Institute of Translational Science and Technology, BFA Shanghai International College, Zizhu International Education College and so on.
Zizhu High-tech Zone boasts a full range of supporting services and facilities in residential real estate, education and training, medical services, health care, leisure and entertainment with an aim to build a city where people can spend a lifetime.
Zizhu Basic Education Park
/ Zizhu Peninsula
Built around water, Zizhu Peninsula covers a gross floor area of 1.5 million m2 (the underground area included). It shows a variety of property forms including high-rise apartments, luxury multi-story apartments, lakeside high-rise apartments, townhouses and detached villas, five-star hotels, teachers apartments and elderly apartments. It also plans to establish international schools and community hospitals. Zizhu Peninsula is a large diversified international ecological community that synthesizes cultural ecological and technological resources.
/ Zizhu Basic Education Park
The park boasts the newly established ECNU No.2 High School and its Junior Middle School, ECNU Zizhu Primary School and Zizhu Kindergarten, and the private-run ECNU Zizhu Bilingual School. Its completion has effectively driven the coordinated development of “three-area integration” in Zizhu High-Tech Zone. The park has provided a great platform for social education development, relying on ECNU’s education advantages and Zizhu High-Tech Zone’s technical support.
/ University Town
The university town lies in the south of Zizhu High-tech Zone R & D base (Phase One) and the west of Zizhu Peninsula international community. It has S4 Expressway on its west, South Zixing Road on its east, East Jiangchuan Road on its north, and Huangpu River on its south. The planned land area is 1.7 km2. The university town will stand in the only national-level high-tech zone and the only university cluster along the Huangpu River. Replying on universities for inspiring creativity, it will create a scientific innovation ecosystem and a new borderless center featuring wisdom, openness, vitality and charm to facilitate the building of Zizhu as an important STIC supporting zone along the Huangpu River.
/ Lanxiang Lake
With a planned area of nearly 400,000 m2, Lanxiang Lake is a key to the new fashion of city life. It will give young families access to the healthy and green lifestyle, business technicians access to the high-end green leisure environment, the elderly access to the quiet waterfront space, children and teenagers access to the fun entertainment cultural park, and city residents access to the ideal place for jaunts. The shore of the lake will be lined with South Lanxiang Lake Street, North Lanxiang Lake Street, Rowing Club, Youth Center, Lanxiang Lake Hotel, Nature Experience Museum (Aquarium, Butterfly Pavilion and Bird Pavilion), Lanxiang Lake Botanic Garden, Sculpture Park and other attractions.
An open and innovative platform will be set up with university technology resources, when industry-university-research collaborative innovation will be promoted to create an innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem with Zizhu Venture Capital, Zizhu Venture Incubator, Zizhu Seedlings Fund as the mainstays. The final goal is to build a 12,000 m2 “National Technology Business Incubator” that provides all-around and continued services for entrepreneurs. Currently, a total of 100 small and micro technology-based businesses have been incubated and developed.
/ Zizhu Venture Incubator
Some of the Settled Businesses