Zhaoqing is one of the least developed cities in the GBA cluster. Which is obviously just right for the world’s biggest software company.
Microsoft launched a cloud and mobile application incubation platform in Zhaoqing this week, dubbed “Unicorn Field”. It will apparently “leverage the advantages in terms of R&D by being located in Zhaoqing, while being well-integrated into high-tech and strategic emerging industries such as intelligent manufacturing, energy conservation, environmental protection and electric vehicles.”
The incubator will focus on cloud computing, Internet of Things, big data, artificial intelligence and 5G. Innovators will get start-up space, shared facilities, technical services, consulting services, investment and financing, entrepreneurship guidance, and resource exchanges.
This is all assuming Microsoft isn’t told by the US government to stop selling its services to anyone else in China besides Huawei, of course.
Zhaoqing is about an hour from Guangzhou South Station by high-speed railway. Which means it is around two hours from Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Station.