From Paris and croissants to castles and piazzas: Welcome to Huawei's new R&D hub

Huawei's headquarters for research and development in Dongguan, China, has all the trappings of a European town – plaster statues, wide piazzas, cobblestone lanes and even a tram that runs around the sprawling campus.
Huawei's new R&D campus in Dongguan borrows heavily from Europe. It is divided into 12 districts named after European cities, and features re-creations of European landmarks.
Huawei's new R&D campus in Dongguan borrows heavily from Europe. It is divided into 12 districts named after European cities, and features re-creations of European landmarks. ST PHOTO: DANSON CHEONG

SHENZHEN - Driving up to the research and development base of Chinese tech giant Huawei is a surreal experience.

The roads of Dongguan - the city in Guangdong province where the 140ha campus is located - are peppered with signs in Chinese. But rising in the distance is the imposing spire of a European castle.

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