We all know that China tends to build areas where the dedicate themselves to a certain practice – now the same will apply for VR, where they will house around 50 companies in the same area for the sake of progress. 

Guian New Area, China’s state approved national-level new area in Guizhou, mid-Western China, is helping businesses across sectors to realize opportunities in virtual reality by establishing Beidouwan VR Town, an initiative backed by preferential policies to support development in the fast-growing VR industry.

Beidou Bay VR Village, located in the Gaofeng County of Guian New Area, is a new type of village that integrates five functions — industry planning & exhibition, scientific education & promotion, field trip & experiences, innovation & entrepreneurship, and a platform for trading and showcase.

By 2019, the village is expected to house 50 companies with total annual capacity of producing 1.5 million pieces of VR-related hardware equipment. In addition, these companies are expected to have completed 500,000 transactions of software content, and 100,000 sets of solutions to industries including healthcare, construction, planning and education. The village is expected to have annual revenue of 1 billion yuan (USD $145,490 million), and contribute to 80 million yuan (USD $11.6 million) in fiscal taxes, as well as 3,500 new jobs.

Guian New Area’s Beidouwan VR Town aims to support industrial development by building the entire infrastructure required for research, development, manufacturing and servicing support for VR related industries. The initiative includes incubator support, demonstration centers, trading services, training and even tourism support. The area recently celebrated the completion of its four major centers — Weiai Education Pavilion, an industrial planning center, a VR application center, a tourism VR center featuring farming experience — all serving different functions to showcase VR applications and innovations. More developments are now underway with the first phase of Beidouwan VR Town due to complete in May, 2017.

Tom Ffiske

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