Young HK ta­lent vis­it­ing Zhe­jiang

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By SHADOW LI in Hangzhou stushadow@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

Young en­trepreneurs from Hong Kong who have made their dreams come true in Hangzhou, cap­i­tal of Zhe­jiang province, in­vited young peo­ple from their home city to fol­low in their foot­steps on Wed­nes­day.

“Start­ing a business on the main­land can be much eas­ier than in Hong Kong. The stereo­type of the red-tape has­sles in start­ing a main­land business is out­dated and no longer true,” said Chow Kwok-fai, who founded In­cool Med­i­cal Tech­nol­ogy. The com­pany moved its business from Hong Kong to Hangzhou in 2016. Chow’s fam­ily moved, too.

The in­vi­ta­tion was ex­tended dur­ing a two-hour con­ver­sa­tion on en­trepreneur­ship between young peo­ple who live in Hangzhou, one of the main­land’s key cen­ters of in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy, and hun­dreds of youths from the special ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gion on a visit to the province.

The en­trepreneurs spoke to the group at the Zhe­jiang Over­seas High-level Ta­lent In­no­va­tion Park, which is a sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal park to at­tract ta­lent and en­cour­age en­trepreneur­ship in Hangzhou.

The youths on the six-day visit, who are di­vided up among 11 cities in Zhe­jiang, are the largest and youngest group from Hong Kong to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gram. Their av­er­age age of the del­e­ga­tion of 2,000 is less than 26. While this type of trip has taken place for years, this is the third year it has been spon­sored by the New Home As­so­ci­a­tion NGO of Hong Kong.

It is de­signed to fos­ter a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the coun­try and to heed the call of Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping to strengthen com­mu­ni­ca­tion between young peo­ple of Hong Kong and the main­land.

Yip Cheuk-man, head of Cathay Dragon air­line’s Hangzhou branch, called on the group to join the highly in­no­va­tive and re­source­ful en­vi­ron­ment in main­land cities like Hangzhou.

Yip ar­rived in Hangzhou in 2016. He had vis­ited Ningbo, an­other Zhe­jiang city, seven years ago and was sur­prised to dis­cover that many main­land cities had sur­passed Hong Kong in in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy. He said the main­land “has abun­dant op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to re­al­ize in­no­va­tive ideas”.

Hangzhou’s cul­ture of em­brac­ing tech­nol­ogy gives the city an edge in re­tain­ing ta­lent, young en­trepreneurs said. Chow said that while he has been in Hangzhou for only a year, he wouldn’t want to leave. He said that in the cash­less-friendly city, he had spent only 8 yuan ($1.19, or HK$9.3) in cash in July.

Del­e­ga­tion mem­bers stay­ing in Hangzhou, birth­place of e-com­merce gi­ant Alibaba Group and many other in­no­va­tive en­ter­prises, made vis­its on Wed­nes­day to the re­search and de­vel­op­ment cen­ter of Geely Au­to­mo­bile and the head­quar­ters of Hikvi­sion Dig­i­tal Tech­nol­ogy, a sur­veil­lance and mon­i­tor­ing de­vices sup­plier.

The del­e­ga­tion ar­rived on Sun­day on a high-speed train from Shen­zhen. Hong Kong is ex­pected to be con­nected into the na­tion’s high­speed train net­works in the third quar­ter of 2018.

PHILIP CHAU / FOR CHINA DAILY

Young peo­ple from Hong Kong get a charge from a high-tech race car at Geely Au­to­mo­bile in Hangzhou on Wed­nes­day. They were among 2,000 from the special ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gion mak­ing a six-day visit to Zhe­jiang province.

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