Tencent, the Chinese internet and mobile giant, plans in the next 7 years to build a city of the future in the heart of Shenzhen (the metropolis linking Hong Kong to China’s mainland), where it is headquartered.
Equivalent in size to Monaco, the new city is intended to enable Tencent employees to live and work in the same place, with a strong focus on digital technology and environmental wellbeing. The project, which limits the use of cars to a few low-speed roads, prioritises bikes, pedestrians and public transport. In order to save energy, runoff will be recycled, the seafront protected from flooding, and greenery planted on the rooftops of lower-height buildings.
Bringing together sustainable development and smart city features, Tencent’s city will comprise work space, retail outlets, parks and sports facilities.