China’s Future May Look Different

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China is steeped in centuries of rich history and culture. But in the modern era, it’s also a country with eyes to the future.
Today’s Chinese cities are forging a path for the world’s urban hubs of the future. This momentum is driven in part by predictions that more than 75% of China’s population will live in the country’s urban areas by the year 2050.
The global city of the future will be a smart, interconnected environment where all the new transformative technologies, such as big data, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and renewable energy are combined.
Below are a few Chinese startups, concepts, and technologies that are defining what a global city of tomorrow might look like.
Ehang
City-dwellers who have long dreamed of flying cars just may get the next best thing with the Ehang 184, a quadcopter drone capable of reaching heights of up to 11,500 feet and carrying a human passenger. The fully electric vehicle contains one small cabin that can accommodate a person of up to 220 pounds, and it can fly 40 miles on just one charge.
CASIC
China currently holds the record for the fastest bullet-train technology on the planet, and CASIC (China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation) is in the process of developing a high-speed flying train that will be a competitor to Elon Musk’s Hyperloop.
CASIC claims that the train will be capable of reaching peak speeds of 2,485 miles per hour, which is about 10 times faster than current bullet-train technology, as well as four times faster than commercial flights and three times the speed of sound.
Paperclip Startup Campus
Startup culture continues to take over the business world in global cities ranging from Silicon Valley to Shanghai. In Hong Kong, one company hopes to be a catalyst for the world’s most innovative startups: Paperclip Startup Campus encourages entrepreneurs to inspire one another through mutual, practical education and access to networking opportunities.
Sunqaoi Shanghai
Design firm Sasaki is taking a progressive approach to one of the most practical concerns of increased urbanization: Sustainable food supply.

Modern agriculture industry, building “up” is the new building out. Vertical farms have already been deployed in population-dense cities like Shanghai, but the Sunqaoi Shanghai concept promises to take urban farming to a whole new level. The 250-acre agricultural district will include things like algae farms, vertical seed banks, greenhouses, public plazas, parks, housing, stores and restaurants. Select crops will be grown indoors using hydroponics (without soil). The research-driven initiative will also include a science museum and cutting-edge dynamic living laboratory.

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