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Inside Asia's biggest tech giant's $600M headquarters

We get a sneak peek at Tencent's swanky new digs.

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Exterior

Tencent, Asia's first tech company to cross the $500 billion valuation mark, has opened its swanky new headquarters in Shenzhen, China. Comprising of two towers, it can hold up to 11,000 employees.

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Tencent North and South towers

The North and South towers are connected by three bridges called the Cultural Link, the Health Link and the Knowledge Link. These connections reflect connectivity, the core of Tencent's business.

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Lobby

Tencent says it's way more modern than its old headquarters from more than a decade ago.

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Robot at lobby

This robot (far right) can help guide you to the washroom.

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Facial recognition system

Every floor is guarded by a facial recognition system that will only let in staff registered on their system. Here, the system is telling me it doesn't recognise my face.

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Four values/animals

These four figures aren't just for show. They represent Tencent's core values of integrity, proactivity, collaboration and innovation.

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Gym

Health nuts are in for a treat. Tencent's new home boasts several facilities for a workout session -- including this gym -- which are run by outsourced professional fitness institutions.

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Table tennis and badminton

Employees can opt to engage in a match of table tennis or badminton...

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Pool

Or even a game of pool.

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Running track

Alternatively, sweat it out with a run around the bridge.

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Running track

There are two lanes -- one for jogging and the other for walking.

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Rock climbing wall

Unfortunately for rock climbing enthusiasts, this station is still closed because safety equipment hasn't been installed yet.

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Basketball court

There are basketball fans among Tencent's employees, including among the big-wigs. This court aims to satisfy their love for the sport with regular games held throughout the year.

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Stairs

Some floors are connected by fancy stairs like these.

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Stairs

This one actually reminds me of the local library.

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Canteen

Four canteens offer lunch to Tencent's employees at rates cheaper than eateries outside. They serve a wide variety of cuisines.

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Canteen

This one in particular sports Chinese motifs in its design, here on the door panels...

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Canteen

And around the interior.

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Cafe

There's also a cafe on the ground floor -- as if four canteens weren't already enough! It's called "Image," but staff call it "Ai Ma Ge," which translates to "Love Brother Ma." Yes, they don't address Tencent CEO Pony Ma as "sir" or "boss." He goes by the endearment "Ma Ge," or Brother Ma.

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Cafe

Employees can hang and chat over a cuppa or hold casual meetings.

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Cafe

The cafe not only serves food and drink but also sells Tencent merchandise.

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