As Chinese government promotes 2,300 makerspaces in China, the British Council (BC) counts only around 100 spaces by the end of 2015. Why this difference? The British Council leans on the definition of "an open-access space (free or paid), with facilities for different practices, where anyone can come and make something". It does not take into account the plentiful spaces that do not provide access to tools but that are called makerspaces to get governmental subsidies. Most of the time, they are incubators or accelerators ; they offer a support for entrepreneurs to set up their companies.
This post establishes a picture of makers movement in China thanks to the BC report , the visit of XinCheJian space and an interview with Hans Stam, a Chinese makerspaces specialist. A first post about coworking in China was published two weeks ago.