Asia Times was given an exclusive tour of Chinese tech behemoth Huawei’s corporate headquarters in Shenzhen this week, a campus featuring a pond, natural landscaping and verdant greenery that occupies an area of more than two square kilometers.

The Huawei campus houses the company’s administration wing, key research and development facilities as well as a huge conference and training center called the Huawei University. More than 40,000 technicians and developers go to the campus each day and franchised bus companies provide mini-bus services for them as they go to different zones and blocks for work and meetings.

An R&D building on Huawei’s corporate campus in Longgang, Shenzhen. Photo: Asia Times

A 22-story glass-curtained tower is the highest building on the campus. The tower is one of the many R&D centers scattered throughout the two-square-kilometer campus.

A satellite image of the Huawei campus, an oasis of greenery flanked by tenement blocks and factory buildings in Shenzhen’s Longgang district.

A black swan by a pond on Huawei’s corporate campus in Shenzhen. Photo: Asia Times

At the center of Zone A, a pond adds to the tranquility of the scenery, where a dozen black swans are being raised under the direction of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei. The company’s PR told Asia Times that Ren wanted members of the management to stay vigilant against any black swan events.

Ren’s office suite is believed to be located at the far end of the pond.

The spacious lobby of a training center used by the Huawei University.

A panel displaying Huawei’s key global partners inside an exhibition hall on the Huawei campus. The Chinese tech giant with a global dominance in 5G technologies is facing a US-led clampdown and is being locked out of some Western markets.

A showroom of Huawei’s smart airport solutions.
The campus also features a replica of the White House that is used as a lab and testing building. Minivans are parked along the pavements as employees are about to finish work.

A tenants’ club. Photo: Asia Times

Huawei provides accommodation for most of its frontline employees, in two sizeable residential quarters for single and married workers, with subsidized rents. Fully furnished flats feature basic home appliances and tenants can also use movie theaters, gyms and other facilities at tenants’ clubs.

Huawei’s dormitories for single employees.

Another tenants’ recreation club.

A staff canteen. Huawei runs 10 canteens on its campus, on top of a food plaza outsourced to a third party operator.

One staff canteen.

Huawei has just inaugurated another huge campus in the neighboring city of Dongguan where most of its smartphone and mobile gadget R&D and manufacturing will be done.

The company also runs sizeable R&D facilities in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Wuhan.

Workers wait to cross a road in an area close to Huawei’s corporate campus in the southern Chinese tech hub of Shenzhen. Photo: Aisa Times