In 2015, the city became home to China’s first big data pilot zone, a move by the central government to boost the industry and nurture leading enterprises in big data sharing and innovation.

Last month, Apple announced that it would invest US$1 billion in building a data centre in Guiyang, provincial capital of Guizhou.

US chip giant Qualcomm has also set up a joint venture with the Guizhou provincial government, called Huaxintong, to make server chips in 2016.

Similarly, with strong government support, Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province has drawn technology firms to set up offices in the city over the last several years.

Chinese IT giant Huawei also operates a research centre in Chengdu.

“With strong policies and government grants, Chengdu has developed its technology scene fairly quickly,” said Liang Zhen, chief executive of Chengdu-based Microwind Accelerator, which partners Microsoft and has over 40 companies under its wing.

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