Before 2027, a second street level was built above ground level, on top of an enormous structure called the Pangu. Nicknamed the Jewel of the Yangtze River, it is at the heart of the global augmentation industry, with Tai Yong Medical headquartered within the city.
The lower city is divided into three major districts, Daigong, Kuaigan, and Youzhao, with various levels and sublevels. The roof level of the main district is home to the Hung Hua Hotel and The Hive. The Daigong district to the east is the walking path through to the Jiu Schichang District where the LIMB clinic and Alice Garden Pods are located, although there is also a subway train to/from Youzhao. Finally, the Youzhao district to the west is primarily residential district and is where the Court Gardens are located. There is also a sewer network underneath the city.
Adam Jensen visits Hengsha in Deus Ex: Human Revolution twice. The first visit is to locate the hacker Arie van Bruggen and subsequently Zhao Yun Ru. The second visit is to find Vasili Sevchenko's GPL device. During the second visit, most Belltower guards will be hostile.
Upper Hengsha and Lower Hengsha are complete opposites. In Lower Hengsha, the city is a dystopia riddled with crime and poverty; Belltower Associates are the police force, and it is dark and gloomy. Whereas in Upper Hengsha, it is a utopia. It is daylight during the first visit, so it is brighter, and when inside the TYM tower just after the Pangu, the city floor has grass and trees and all sorts of vibrant life that can be observed. Apparently, the citizens of Upper Hengsha are snobbish and not very friendly towards their Lower City counterparts.
- Kuaigan district
- Youzhao district
- Hengsha Court Gardens
- The Hive
- Alice Garden Pods
- Daigong district
- Tai Yong Medical Headquarters
- Belltower dock
- LIMB clinic
- Hung Hua Hotel
- Harvesters' hideout
- Jiu Schichang District
- Old Noodle Factory (Explosive Pack DLC and Director's Cut)
Main missions (part 1)
- Hunting the Hacker
- Gaining Access to Tai Yong Medical
- Searching For Proof
- Entering the Dragon's Lair
Side quests (part 1)
Main missions (part 2)
Side quests (part 2)
- One vendor is in the Alice Garden Pods, on the first floor, take a left.
- One other vendor is in the Hung Hua Hotel, at the basement of the hotel, the first door (It can be difficult to spot, since the door is "hidden" in a red panel) on the left when you enter from the main street.
- The vendor from the hotel is still at the same place.
- The vendor from the pods isn't there anymore, and is in the Youzhao district, in the street directly east of the downtown apartments.
- There is a third vendor in the sewers.
- The dual-layer principle with rich-poor divided was also used in Seattle in Deus Ex: Invisible War, and before that with Midgar in Square Enix's classic JRPG Final Fantasy VII.
- Upper Hengsha was supposed to feature as a city hub in the game, but it was never finished and ultimately ended up as cut content.
- The real Hengsha Island is just north of Shanghai (which the developers had originally considered for this city), and relatively rural compared to the giant city of Shanghai. The eastern part of Hengsha is an undeveloped nature reserve stretching into the mouth of the Yangtze river.