Located in northeastern Shanghai, Yangpu District is one of the city’s largest urban centers in terms of both area and population. This District was one of the first in China selected to participate in a national program to develop innovation hubs within urban areas. At the forefront of China’s development model in its 12th Five-Year Plan, this initiative focuses on establishing Yangpu as a base of innovation in the knowledge-based service and high-tech sectors and has already propelled the district to become one of China’s most dynamic engines of growth. With multinational companies such as IBM, Nike, VMware, EMC, Silicon Valley Bank and Oracle operating in Yangpu, the district registered a regional GDP of CNY 158 billion (US$ 24.31 billion) in 2015.

Today’s Yangpu has established a comprehensive eco-system that combines business-oriented government policies with access to high-caliber talent and world-class research institutions. It is home to 80,000 startups and 240,000 college students. These elements foster the development of innovative industries from venture investments and design to high-tech R&D and production and will further transform the district into a major hub for modernization, technological advancement and more.

Why Yangpu?
  • Council headquarters – The Bay Area Council operates a fully staffed office in Yangpu to help companies expand into the region and access business and provide business and government relations for accessing markets.
  • Supportive government services – The Yangpu District government has a proven track record of implementing administrative policies that foster growth and investment.
  • Top talent – Yangpu and its 14 world-class universities are a magnet for top talent, with a heavy emphasis on innovation and technology. Led by Fudan University and Tongji University, Yangpu’s universities boast a population of more than 240,000 students .
  • An innovative environment – Yangpu is home to the most scientific and technological incubators in Shanghai, as well as the greatest number of high-tech companies in the city. It has five national university high-tech parks, 14 non-university high-tech parks and numerous national labs and research institutions.
  • Geographical advantages – As Shanghai’s largest downtown urban center in terms of both area and population, the Yangpu District is in close proximity to Shanghai’s major transport hubs.
  • Comfortable lifestyle – As a former industrial area, Yangpu successfully reinvented itself by transforming its factories into a blend of commercial, cultural, and recreational centers. Whether through the Fudan University’s surrounding student neighborhoods modelled off of Palo Alto’s University Avenue, or along the waterfront walkways that highlight the region’s sustainable urban design, the district offers a wealth of excellent restaurant choices, art installations, and sports activities that appeal to the everyday needs of domestic and international audiences alike.

Policy Leads

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Alex Foard

Senior Director, Global Business Development

(415) 946-8723

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Jennifer Zou

Vice President of Global Initiatives & Head of Operations, China

+86 21 3518 3690 ext. 602

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Laurent Arribe

Senior Global Initiatives Manager

(415) 946-8743

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Karina Salomatina

Global Marketing and Projects Manager


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Xiaocan Wang

Global Initiatives Manager

+86 10.5870.0176

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