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Six Alternative Property Assets

Mandy Qian • 10/11/2022

What to Watch in China

Cushman & Wakefield has released its annual Think-In report titled Six Alternative Property Assets – What to Watch in China.
The rise of alternative property assets in China has been shaped by a number of factors, not least by:
  • Macro-economic trends
  • Evolving population dynamics
  • Technology
  • New ways of working and living
  • A greater awareness of sustainability
  • The COVID-19 pandemic
This report considers these what-to-watch factors, and more, and how they have affected and stimulated general market interest in the following six key alternative property assets:
Life sciences commercial real estate – Via encouragement and promotion policies, cities in China are changing the genetics of their real estate as they prepare to make the life sciences industry a major driver for their individual economies in the future.
Experiential retail shopping centers – These forms of shopping centers will not only be localities for consumption but will also be experience spaces with functions and features, such as culture, fashion, art exhibitions and entertainment to satisfy the spiritual consumption needs of consumers in China.
Cold storage logistics warehouses – Ahead, we expect to see more quality cold storage logistics warehouse supply to furnish the needs of domestic market storage, distribution stemming from the importation of fresh goods and products, and the need to store more perishable medicines.
Data centers – Looking to the future, the rapid development of the digital economy in China is expected to bring about a surge in the amount of demand for cabinets. Rigid demand for these data services will only grow as large-scale data processing, storage, and transmission volume increase. 
Long-term rental housing – Once a general understanding of the benefits of living in healthy residential housing, including healthy long-term rental housing, is present in more of the general public, so we expect the supply volume of certified healthy long-term rental housing in China to further grow in the years to come.
Hotels – Lastly, the transforming demographics, changing travel consumption behavior, a greater need for convenience, an elevated grasp of the importance of health, safety and cleanliness, and a mounting desire for a unique stay experience are and will increasingly come to the fore within the alternative property asset hotel sector in China and hotel investors, developers and operators need to be heedful of them in order to capture any new business opportunities.
Shaun Brodie, Head of Content, Greater China Research, Cushman & Wakefield said, “In the face of softening global economic activity, China’s first-tier and new first-tier cities have shown strong resilience and vitality. Alongside this, the six alternative property assets highlighted in our report are also expected to remain resilient and be favored by real estate investors in China in future”. 
Please click here to download the full report
About Cushman & Wakefield
Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value for real estate occupiers and owners. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest real estate services firms in the world, with approximately 50,000 employees in over 400 offices and 60 countries. In Greater China, a network of 23 offices serves local markets across the region, earning recognition and winning multiple awards for industry-leading performance. In 2021, the firm had revenue of $9.4 billion across core services including valuation, consulting, project & development services, capital markets, project & occupier services, industrial & logistics, retail and others. To learn more, visit or follow @CushWake on Twitter. 

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