Location finder apps are part of a growing space sharing phenomenon in China’s urban areas. From private studios to luxurious yachts, gorgeous rooftop gardens to abandoned factories, tech startups are helping to find the perfect spots for event planners seeking to impress their clients and peers.
In Beijing, hardly a weekend goes by when Chao Hotel isn’t the host of a brand event by the likes of Bally or Versace. Artists take advantage of its spacious and minimalist lower level for gallery shows, while bridal parties make use of its private rooftop pool and salon. Jazz shows and wine tastings lure in city dwellers looking for weekend entertainment. And it’s also, of course, a 180-room boutique hotel.
For Moya Li, founder of Beijing-based startup Location Hunter, Chao is an ideal client. Location Hunter is a platform two years in the making that features a database of thousands of locations across 18 cities, serving as a bridge for about half a million users—including brands, event planners, and consumers—looking for venues for events like weddings, product launches, fashion shows, corporate outings, and birthday parties.
The Walled is a boutique retreat that opened in 2017 in Yangzhou, China. Situated just north of Yangzhou’s Slender West Lake, a tranquil national park, many Chinese and international tourists come to the area to witness the myriad of man-made lakes. Now, though, they’re coming to see more than just the lakes themselves. Despite its extremely modest exterior, The Walled Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat is becoming an attraction in its own right.
Qysea, a manufacturer of underwater remotely operated vehicles, has developed the FIFISH P3 to be one of the most advanced underwater drones capable of high resolution video (4K HD) and photography recording, with enhanced contrast even at depths of up to 100m. Aimed at professional users, the remote-controlled P3 boasts of strong industrial design for reliability and performance. The FIFISH P3 was the winner of the CES 2018 Innovation Award in Las Vegas.