Reporter's Notebook: Finding Beijing's Inner Geek

The small structure was moved to its present spot from its original location close by to make room for Raycom Infotech Park, a modern office complex that still counts Legend Holdings, Lenovo's parent company, among its many tenants. Located at No. 22 Kexueyuan South Rd., the restored -- but now empty -- building lies on the northern side of Tower A, where a stone marker details its history.

You can see just how far Lenovo and the rest of China's IT industry has come since 1984 by visiting the Shangdi Information Industry Base, an industrial park on the outskirts of northwestern Beijing. At No. 6 Chuangye Rd., you'll find Lenovo's Chinese headquarters building, which also houses one of two PC factories the company has in Beijing. You can also drive by Lenovo's new R&D center, at No. 6 Shangdi West Rd., where Lenovo's top global management has their offices -- part of a company strategy to maintain worldwide headquarters in Beijing and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Besides Lenovo, Shangdi's dusty avenues house operations of many top Chinese technology companies, such as PC makers Tongfang and Founder. Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei, which is actually based in the southern city of Shenzhen, also has an R&D center here.

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