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China turns granary, cement factory into tech hubs

Hangzhou, the home of Chinese digital giant Alibaba, is fast becoming a magnet for talent and innovative enterprises.

HANGZHOU • When Canadian Nikk Mitchell wanted to start his virtual reality (VR) company in June last year, he headed not for tech hub Silicon Valley in the United States, but Hangzhou in China.

The 29-year-old set up FXG, a company creating VR content, in Dream Town, in an old granary on the edge of the city that now houses an incubator for technology start-ups such as his.


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 09, 2018, with the headline 'China turns granary, cement factory into tech hubs'. Print Edition | Subscribe