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The clipped greenery and low-rise buildings in Huawei's grounds in the suburb of Bantian are a contrast to Shenzhen city centre, a busy urban area packed with tall blocks, electronics stores and traffic. On the local highways, Huawei is big enough to have its own traffic signs.
The move to the city could be tricky for recruits from other parts of China. But in the heart of its campus, Huawei has built accommodation blocks for young workers who have just started with the company.
Rents are cheap: just 800 rmb (£80) a month, though the maximum stay is six months. However, each of the 3,000 or so inhabitants only have about 30 square metres of space each, meaning "it is a little crowded" and a bit like student halls, according to Sladek.
Still, there is an open-air cinema close to hand, as well as a swimming pool, and there are basketball courts, ping-pong tables and football pitches dotted around for Huawei-ites to use. There's even an old steam train, put to use in the past as a restaurant.
Image: Karen Friar