Alibaba opens new global headquarters in Hangzhou, China to celebrate annual Family Day

According to local media reports, the new complex, consisting of seven buildings covering almost 1 million square meters (10.7 million square feet), has enough office space to accommodate 30,000 workers. It is the largest campus of Alibaba, the owner of the South China Morning Post.

On Thursday, the day before Alibaba’s annual holiday for families and employees, known as AliDay, the company republished a post written by co-founder Jack Ma in 2004 on the online forum of its flagship e-commerce platform Taobao.

“The greatest beneficiaries of a true, great and unique e-commerce site should be its users, and its greatest creators should also be its users,” Ma wrote, sparking a lot of new comments after Alibaba’s recent revival of the forum.

Alibaba office in Beijing. Photo: AP Photo

Alibaba’s top executives were absent from the new office opening, which coincided with AliDay, when employees’ families are allowed to visit the company. The event comes just days before the company’s results for the fiscal year ending March 31 are released.

The campus, which includes smart and green facilities, a soccer field and other sports facilities, will serve as Alibaba’s global headquarters.

The existing Xixi Area A campus will turn into the headquarters of Taobao, Tmall and other domestic e-commerce companies, while Xixi Area B will turn into an “open park” for Alibaba’s business partners, the company said.

On Friday, Alibaba also unveiled a new campus in Beijing’s Chaoyang district, which will employ nearly 19,000 workers, according to the official Beijing Daily newspaper.

In China, the shiny office buildings of Big Tech companies often become landmarks in the cities where they exist.

For example, Tencent Holdings is building a new campus in Shenzhen, a technology hub in the southern province of Guangdong, nicknamed Penguin City.

The headquarters of Sohu, operator of one of the country’s earliest online portals, is attracting artificial intelligence startups to Zhongguancun, a district of Beijing known as China’s Silicon Valley.

Alibaba has long played an important role in the economy of Hangzhou, where Ma is from.

According to Alibaba, the new headquarters, based on the concept of “green, technological and sustainable”, is equipped with intelligent office systems equipped with cutting-edge technologies such as the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence.

Employees can scan the quick response code at each of their desks to adjust air conditioning, control lighting and use projectors in meeting rooms. The facility is also able to accurately manage energy consumption using a “carbon reduction brain,” the company says.