Things in Shenzhen: Tailors in Louhu

Besides hunting electronics, we always have clothes tailored in Shenzhen. The Louhu Commercial City is a mall right outside the boarder crossing. Its mostly knock off crap, but at the top there’s a huge fabric market and dozens of tailors. They do suits, but also anything you can imagine, and its way cheaper than the […]

Out of Shenzhen: Sea of people at Louhu/Lo Wu

Guide books warn that the boarder crossing from Hong Kong to Shenzhen at Louhu can be extremely busy. We’ve always sailed through in a couple minutes. Today, after leaving China immigration, we encountered this sea of people in the no mans land bridge to Hong Kong. Still only took about an hour to get through, […]

Out of Shenzhen: Nannie Sunday in Central

Hong Kong nannies, mostly from the Philippines, have Sunday off. Thousands of nannies gather and setup camp along Central Hong Kong island. Its absolutely one of the coolest things to see on a Sunday afternoon, and a great chance to practice my 4 Pinyo vocabulary words – salamat, oo, hindi, and seget (spelled phonetically).

Shenzhen day 3: The North East quadrant

Today we mapped the most expansive part of Hua Qiang Bei parts market, the quadrant with the famous SEG market building. SEG is the best known, but there are a dozen other buildings too. Most buildings have some combination of cell phones and accessories, but there’s some good parts shops too. Check the pics below […]

Shenzhen day 2: Other stuff

We also mapped the South West quadrant (empty, consumer electronics only), and the North West quadrant (a dozen buildings with 6-7 floors each, including the 6 floor international LED building). Here’s some of our highlights, including: Some sort of passive component pick and place Multiple stores selling only one type of component like zener diodes, […]

Shenzhen day 2: Other stuff

One of our goals on this trip is to map out the main component buildings of Hua Qiang Bei market. Today we explored the South-East quadrant we’ve never noticed before. This part was full of cell phone replacement parts and repair stands. It was much like Manish market in Mumbai India, but Shenzhen-sized. There’s replacement […]

Global Geek Tour: Shenzhen Hua Qiang Bei market tour roundup

Dangerous Prototypes tours the biggest electronics market of all, the Hua Qiang Bei market in Shenzhen, China. This is the third and biggest market on our Global Geek Tour. Be sure to check out Akihabara in Tokyo and Cheonggyecheon in Seoul too. VIDEO: Hua Qiang Bei market in Shenzhen, China Global Geek Shenzhen: SEG Market […]

Global Geek Tour: Apliu Street electronics market roundup

This week the Global Geek Tour took us to Shenzhen, China. On the way to Shenzhen we had a day in Hong Kong so we scoped out the Apliu Street electronics market. Check out our video and all the picture posts below. VIDEO: Apliu Street electronics market tour GLOBAL GEEK TOUR: Apliu Street electronics market […]

Global Geek Shenzhen: Other stuff in Hua Qiang Bei

Here’s some other cool stuff we found in other buildings in Hua Qiang Bei. The surface mount part reels we’ve been questing on every tour were present in spades. This is one of dozens of shops with inexpensive reels of resistors, capacitors, inductors, etc. More pictures below the fold.

Global Geek Shenzhen: Shenzhen Sunlight Electronic Co

Seeed Studio took us to Shenzhen Sunlight Electronic Co., a special supplier they use to avoid counterfeit and unreliable chips. Sunlight Electronic Co pools orders from smaller manufacturers and buys directly from the chip factory to ensure quality. Price breaks start at 100 pieces, but the best breaks are at the reel size, generally 2500. […]

Global Geek Shenzhen: Custom USB flash drives

Shenzhen is well known for locally produced and customized technology. From custom cell phones to personalized push buttons, you can find it in Hua Qiang Bei. Sjaak found a building that consists entirely of USB flash disk sellers. There’s a huge selection of colorful silicone housing. Just pick one and the dealer pops a 4 […]

Global Geek Shenzhen: On the streets of Hua Qiang Bei

There’s activity all around the Hua Qiang Bei market buildings. People and cars tussle for space in the street. Moving carts loaded with electronic components on the way to small manufacturers are everywhere, often in the middle of traffic. Continue below for more sights from around from Hua Qiang Bei.

Global Geek Shenzhen: How not to get lost in the candy store

The SEG Market in Shenzhen, and the other markets too, are a maze packed with lots of small shops and goodies. It’s hard to find that shop with a special bargain again after you wander away. Below the fold are some tips for finding your way around the markets.

Global Geek Shenzhen: USB microscope

We all bought one of these USB microscope at the SEG Market. We were immediately fond of the heavy base and the smooth adjustment of the camera. We bargained a bit and bought it for 260 RMB ($40), that’s half the cost of the same thing on eBay from another China seller. Some example shots […]

Global Geek Shenzhen: SEG Market mega post

SEG market is the best known electronic part market in Hua Qiang Bei neighborhood. It’s two giant floors of component and tool stands. The upper floors are full of computer parts and consumer electronics, also very cool, but we’re here for the electronics. This is an overview of the second floor of SEG Market. It’s […]

VIDEO #18: Hua Qiang Bei market in Shenzhen, China

Dangerous Prototypes tours the biggest electronics market of all, the Hua Qiang Bei market in Shenzhen, China. This is the third and biggest market on our Global Geek Tour. Be sure to check out Akihabara in Tokyo and Cheonggyecheon in Seoul too. First we went to the SEG building, which has 2 huge floors dedicated […]