The top ten scenes of Hangzhou Digital Economy Tourism was announced recently at the opening ceremony of the “2020 Culture and Tourism Summit of Hangzhou & Meeting Industry Fair of the New Economic Destination” that was held in Hangzhou, China, sponsored by Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV and Tourism on 17th and 18th September 2020.

The top ten scenes of Hangzhou Digital Economy Tourism are Alibaba Group (China) Co., Ltd., Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd., the Cloud Town & Hangzhou City Brain Co., Ltd., Xiaoshan Hipark, Turing Town, Alibaba Cloud Industrial Internet Co., Ltd., Inno & Entre Town, Zhejiang Dahua Zhilian Co., Ltd., Xiaoshan Robot Town, and Wasu Digital TV Media Group, all of which are world-famous technology companies or business centers/parks.

From my personal travel and photographer perspective, I visited Hangzhou once, it’s a beautiful historical and cultural city and I wished I was able to explore more of Hangzhou and Zhejiang Province at that time. Besides my photography and travel writing, I am also into technology writing and coverage in both consumer and enterprise technology sectors, I would have some knowledge on the technology companies from China. When I read this news on the top ten scenes of Hangzhou Digital Economy Tourism, I was intrigued and interested to learn more about how technology companies play a part in a new era of tourism and travel.

Hangzhou is the political, economic and cultural centre of Zhejiang Province. Hangzhou is an ideal MICE destination, from its rich Chinese traditional culture to passionate team building programs, to cooperation-inspiring business study trips and colourful leisure night life, a wealth of various interests that can be keenly felt for event planners.

Hangzhou’s digital economy industry has been constantly growing in recent years. The industrial sectors are empowered for development with technology innovations, along with emerging economic sectors such as the Internet, cultural creativity, financial services, health care and new energy. Top national and international conferences take roots in Hangzhou, including the APSARA Conference, 2050 Conference, Netease Future Conference, and Money20/20. The digital economy is one of the fastest growing industries, it has attracted more and more Chinese and international business tourists. This untapped tourism has become a “new blue ocean” for the development of Hangzhou’s tourism industry.

With that in mind, Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV and Tourism launched “Top Ten Scenes of Hangzhou Digital Economy Tourism”, integrating new digital economy resources into their tourism concept. The ten scenes have established a specified visitor reception mechanism catering mainly for business tourists, allowing them to showcase their achievements in the development of the digital economy.


Alibaba is a world-renowned technology company founded in Hangzhou. Alibaba offers three visitor lines covering its Visitor Center at QINCHENGLI Mall, Tai Ji Zen Garden, Fly Zoo Hotel, and other unique resources. The spots are all representative. Alibaba’s Visitor Center shows the style of Alibaba, including Alibaba’s culture, industry, and products. As a new retail experimental field in smart commercial space, QINCHENGLI Mall relies on the big data and AI technology to upgrade the production and circulation process of commodities and form a display of new modes through deep integration of online, offline and logistics. As the first smart hotel in the world, Fly Zoo Hotel boasts 290 rooms, the future fitness center and other facilities. Facial recognition check-in, smart elevator, Tmall smart butler, robot food delivery are all part of the lure, reflecting the latest smart applications.


Hikvision is an intelligent IoT(Internet of Things) solution and big data service provider, focusing on comprehensive security, big data service and smart business. It is committed to building a smart city and digitized enterprise with integration of cloud and edge, IoT and Information, and digitization and intelligence. Covering an area of 4500 square meters, the Hikvision Exhibition Center showcases the design language centering on “light”. For example, the device in the hall is called “The light of heart mirror”, whose linkage with the big screen and the dance of light helps convey to the audience the philosophy of the company and the theme of the whole exhibition. And it shows a city empowered by high-tech, including whole-house smart home experience, road safety driving guaranteed by vehicle-road collaborative technology, AR smart scenic sights, “take and go” easy shopping area, efficient smart factories and urban operation center, etc.

Hangzhou City Brain

As the cradle of characteristic towns in Zhejiang, home to Hangzhou City Brain, and the permanent venue of “Cloud Computing Conference”, the Cloud Town boasts five big industry ecology of “cloud industry”, “City Brain”, “intelligent manufacturing”, “space information”, and “biological medicine”, committing itself to forge the first town in China’s digital economy. The City Brain, known as Hangzhou’s “golden name card”, enables urban managers to better allocate public resources, make scientific decisions and improve governance efficiency. Hangzhou City Brain Co., Ltd., as the operation and management main body of the smart system, is striving to become a model in Hangzhou’s digital economy tourism. This scene offers three routes covering Cloud Town Exhibition, Museum of Inspiration 2050, Herbal Garden, City Brain Base. The City Brain Base presents the new mechanism in which the Hangzhou government explores the development and construction of the city brain, including the industrial application, the process, the achievements, and the future of collaborative innovation among the government, enterprises and research institutions through the Innovation Base.

As a travel photographer and writer, as well as a technology writer, the top ten scenes of Hangzhou Digital Economy Tourism is interesting and I would love to visit when the opportunity arises, even though they are catered mainly for business tourists. This unique mix of historical and cultural roots, along with new age digital economies, makes top ten scenes of Hangzhou Digital Economy Tourism, a special tourism, digital and business hub showcase to the world.

* Information and picture courtesy of Hangzhou Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, TV and Tourism and Media Outreach *

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