Its neighboring city Hong Kong may always be in the spotlight, but even though Shenzhen is not as popular and internationally renowned as its counterpart obviously is, this relatively new metropolis definitely has a lot of note-worthy attractions on its own. It is quite easy to plot a leisurely itinerary around its urban districts. Nevertheless, to get a good feel of the local hub, it is highly recommended to see any of Shenzhen’s electronic markets. These animated places are a microcosm of all things techie – from LCD monitors and IC’s inductors, all the way to voltmeters, LEDs, resistor tapes and memory cards, just to name some of the items for sale.
Use our online Shenzhen Map to get a feel for what businesses are around there. If you are a maker or electronics hacker be sure to download the free Shenzhen map for makers. This will help you get your bearings on the most important electronic shops on Huaqiang north road.
A great place to start your shopping is at the SEG Electronic Market. Here, the atmosphere is unabashedly open and straight-forward, with practically all of the shops being run as small to medium-scale family businesses. It is not uncommon to see young children playing about, or mothers tending to their babies while manning the stall. You might leave the place not only with new purchased goods, but with a slight dose of insight on local life which makes for an interesting shopping experience.
SEG Electronics Market is also known as “Saige” and it is the hottest electronic spot for Shenzhen’s electronic markets on Huaqiang North Road in the district of Futian. If you want to go for bulk discount, this should fit the bill. This is because this techie section of the city is known for having direct manufacturers of computer cables, racks, optical mouse and a host of other products that are offered on wholesale rates. The business is proven to be successful enough that they even export different electrical items across Asia, America, Europe and Africa.
It’s a given that the city is primarily noted for garments, but it doesn’t mean it’s not slowly making a name for itself in terms of electronic gadgets too. Shenzhen’s electronic markets carry a fair share of good quality products, that’s why more and more visitors find themselves drawn to the myriad shops dotting the city. Of course, many of the stores are modest and may seem to hold very limited stock, but they usually have their own warehouses, so all you really need to do is ask for a particular product you’re eyeing to buy. More often than not, they will have it on hand. The best bet is to take your time in scouting before making a decision. You won’t run out of choices; Shenzhen has more than enough electronic markets to keep you happily occupied.
For further reading:
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SEG Plaza: The New Face of Electronic Shopping in Shenzhen
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