When one thinks of Guizhou, the image of its lush landscapes and ethnic customs come to mind. While the province is undeniably beautiful, most people could never imagine it being a city like Beijing or Shanghai, filled with modern buildings and high-tech firms.
But that’s all changing, thanks to the development of big data. Since 2014, the province has made multiple innovations and groundbreaking developments in China’s big data industry. In fact, Guizhou is now home to China’s first big data pilot zone. Its capital, Guiyang, was named by the Milken Institute as “The Best Performing City”. Five years ago, there were less than a thousand big data companies in Guizhou; now, there are about 8,900.
What happened, and how did these changes take place in Guizhou? Why are multinational companies, such as Apple, Qualcomm, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, SAP, Alibaba, Tencent, Huawei, etc., flocking to Guizhou?