Top 10 innovative regions in China
Updated: Jan 4, 2021

Guangdong, Beijing, Jiangsu and Shanghai are the most innovative regions in China and own over 50 percent of the country's basic research funds, according to a recent report on China's regional innovation capability in 2020.

East Chinese regions remained the most innovative, grabbing five spots among the top 10, while Shaanxi, Chongqing and Sichuan led in innovation in the western regions of China, the report said.

Liu Xielin, head of the report research group and dean of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Research Center at the University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said leading regions have been increasing investment in science and technology.

The information technology revolution, represented by the Internet, big data and cloud computing, is breaking the geographical limitations of regional innovation and will also affect policymaking.

Let's see the top 10 innovative regions in China.

No 10 Chongqing

Smart robots perform at the opening ceremony of the Chongqing Vocational College of Intelligent Engineering in Chongqing on Oct 12, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

No 9 Shaanxi

Visitors watch a video on urban transportation solutions at the opening ceremony of the 2020 Global Key & Core Technology Innovation Conference in Xi'an, Shaanxi province on Sept 16, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

No 8 Anhui

A foldable AMOLED screen is showcased at the 2020 World Conference on Display Industry in Hefei, Anhui province on Nov 20, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

No 7 Hubei

A pedestrian walks past a mobile phone shop of Honor in Yichang, Hubei province. [Photo by Liu Junfeng/For China Daily]

No 6 Shandong

Containers are unloaded at Qingdao Port in Shandong province in March. [Photo by Yu Fangping/For China Daily]

No 5 Zhejiang

Liu Yunjie, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, releases research results on internet technology in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province on Nov 23, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

No 4 Shanghai

Photo shows an interior view of the Zhangjiang Artificial Intelligence Island in Shanghai on Nov 12, 2020. [Photo/Xinhua]

No 3 Jiangsu

Employees work on a solar panel assembly line at a new energy company in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province. [Photo by Geng Yuhe/for China Daily]

No 2 Beijing

This drone photo shows terminals of the Beijing Daxing International Airport on June 25, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

No 1 Guangdong

Skyscrapers border a lush green landscape in Shenzhen's central business district. [Photo provided to]

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