Greetings to July 28 Zhangjiang, A Park of Dreams
A good high-tech park is not only a physical collection of various sci-tech resources, but more like a proving ground. Entrepreneurs of Zhangjiang are the pioneers of our age, building up new worlds in their own fields.
Christopher Columbus didn’t know himself discovering the America until death. He believed where he reached was a place near the Strait of Malacca and the new route he opened was a passage to Asia.
To make the things worse, his great discovery in the first 20 years was considered as a big commercial failure. Being inspired by him, over thousands of adventurers started new journeys again and again, but only a few of gold was disappointedly found. The expensive cost of exploring the land cannot be covered. In 1518, the Spanish accidentally found the rich Aztec Empire in Mexico. At that time, people realized that it was a new land. Not only gold was found, but a new era of the human history was unveiled.
In retrospect, the bases established by those adventurers for the purpose of exploration didn’t have sound city functions. Actually, they just met the basic daily needs, but such poor conditions didn’t stop them from becoming great and attractive promised lands. To those pioneers who desired to gain wealth, create history and who faced suppression and urgently wished to change their life, such bases held the key to a new world. It was a piece of land possessing the future of life. Later, these bases became bustling cities of immigrants. It can be said that the greatness of these cities comes from the persistence of Columbus, of adventurers and of all later comers. It is the persistence that pioneers should have.
To some extent, entrepreneurs working in Zhangjiang are the pioneers of our age, building up new worlds in their own fields. They like to refer themselves to as “sci-tech worker”, “programming farmer” and “loser”, indicating they are nobodies far from their ideals under the background of times. Actually, they show positive and progressive grassroots spirit behind these self-entertaining labels. Meanwhile, they have strong resonance for the life positioning of “Zhangjiang celebrities” and so forth, because the word “Zhangjiang” makes them distinct from those so-called celebrities who indulge in hedonism. It is more accurate to say, instead of modes, they think they are the creators of the new age and they can become their own heroes through constant efforts.
City is built up by people. The qualities and needs of people decide the functions of a city. At the age of 24 since its development, Zhangjiang determines to upgrade itself to a high-tech park.
Although data show that the population of Zhangjiang is becoming more and more diversified, the basic features of the population, compared with that of Shanghai and other place of the country, can be summarized as follows: young age and high academic degree. Well educated people know to follow social norms, but they are not willing to be bounded. The majority give up the easy life in second- and three-tiered cities and choose to stay in the metropolis that are referred to as “core of the universe”, because they have spiritual pursuit of modern society. If you can create future life with many outstanding people, would you like to play majong every day like the old or reading those chicken-soup articles on WeChat? Material satisfaction is temporary, but spiritual satisfaction is everlasting.
My name is Steve Jobs,
I want to find some parts to make a frequency computer,
Can you give them to me?
The 12-year-old Jobs gave a phone call to Hewlett (the cofounder of HP) and got the parts that he wanted. In Silicon Valley, the myth of Apple started its brew in the moment of 1967.
Therefore, a good high-tech park is not only a physical collection of various sci-tech resources, but more like a proving ground, as a new continent in the big maritime navigation era. In new geographic coordinates, new and strange civilization brings changes to social structure. People keep creating new things and methods to improve various problems in daily life. What’s the most needed in an experiment? It is certain-scale audience who can quickly understand and accept new things. New ideas can get the most precise and efficient response from them, then improvement can be made in a short time. Such a beneficially interactive social ecosystem is the significant tradition and reason that make Zhangjiang High-Tech Park distinct from other high-tech parks in Shanghai.
Over the past 24 years, Zhangjiang has believed in “encouraging successes and tolerating failures”. Many people cannot understand it and think, tolerating failures will bring huge waste of resources, especially in certain system. However, the development history of Zhangjiang is an evolution history of production mechanism, a history that witnesses how products change people’s lifestyle. Finally, time has proved the correctness of tolerance. People in Zhangjiang have been constantly changing the world’s cognition, defeating those previous “impossibilities” and pushing history to move forward. Just as Learned Hand, the United States judge, said, “The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.”
To planners and observers, Zhangjiang High-Tech Park will be a grand location concept. It may redefine the city landscape of Pudong and even Shanghai. As a member of Zhangjiang, I only hope that it holds liberty when we cannot change the whole world and its liberty enables us to find the key to the future world.
In this busy world, our voice is so low, more like the muttering in a silent summer night. However, if you ask me, can you find liberty and dreams in Zhangjiang,
I will say, “Yes, you can.”