Big News About Huaqiangbei

Huaqiangbei is also written in Huaqiang North.

It has been an area where so many electronics markets are located.

Now it is transforming to a special tourist place. Why?

 

Where do we get this news?

From the official website of Futian government.

http://www.szft.gov.cn/zf/ftxx/xwdt/ftdt/201709/t20170911_979711.html

It says that the local government of Huaqiang Bei, as well as the tourism administration of Shenzhen and Economic Development department of Futian District, want to change it to a national AAA tourist attraction which is the only national tourist attraction (scenic spots) in Futian District.

 

Huaqiangbei is a big name in Shenzhen, when tourist guys are talking about Shenzhen, Huaqiangbei is a name that is mentioned a lot of times, that is one of the reasons why they want to put it as a tourist place.

 

Shenzhen is considered to be the “China Silicone Valley”, a lot of electronic companies are set up here, in the past the online trading was still not so popular, the factories of these phones and gadgets need to sell, and Huaqiangbei is an important place for them to sell their products, but nowadays, people are used to shop online, they don’t need to come to Huaqiangbei to buy their gadgets, so the markets are shrinking, and the rent of the booths are getting cheaper and cheaper.

 

Is it possible for Huaqiang Bei to be a place to attract tourists to come?

The street of Huaqiang Bei had been under construction of subway stations for the last 3 years, and it is re-opened again, it is much nicer than before.

Take a quick look of Huaqiang Noth Street.


 

 

Why do I want to go to Huaqiang Bei?

 

A lot of Chinese people are searching their items online, however, before they make a purchase decision, they want to see and feel the item. So still they want to come to Huaqiang Bei even if they don’t want to buy but they just need to feel it. There are so many exhibition booths and shop here that demonstrate the items they sell, when people go home they buy online, because this is becoming a showroom only, you still buy online.

After that, there are a lof of shopping mall for consumers behind the Huaqiang North street, there are shopping malls like 9 Squre, Maoye, and so on. Many years ago, people go to the shopping mall to get their grocery, but nowadays they go to the shopping mall for food and entertainment, as well as healthcare, education, and movie theater.

 

Restaurants are everywhere, there are thousands of small and huge restaurants here near Huaqiang Street, different types of restaurants from different provinces of China and different countries all over the world for different taste flavor of different people.

 

Traffic is easy here, more and more new office and shopping mall buildings are built and being built here, plenty of parking space for you, but still you want to take the metro to get there because they are 4 subways line passing this small street, 4 metro stations are here too, it is very convenient to get here by subway.

 

 

What is new in HuaqiangBei front street

Huaqiangbei is originally started with electronic component and part trading from 1980s and 1990s, and then consumer products like DVD players, MP3 players, Desktop computers and parts were also being sold very well in late 1990 and early 2000, and then traditional cell phones were sold here, Nokia were very popular here, and then copy Nokia and some Shanzhai(copy) phones were the dominated business here, before the online shopping became popular, Huaqiangbei had been the hub between the manufacturers and distributors.

And now Taobao/T-Mall, DJ.com are the major players in the online business, and a lot of people don’t need to come to Huaqiangbei for shopping, then how can Huaqiangbei still be in business?

 

There are still things that you can’t just buy online, you can’t eat online, you can’t fix your phones online, so Huaqiangbei becomes a food and repair street.

 

Repair in Chinese’s symbols (characters) is “维修”, you can see a lot of these symbols when you come to Huaqiangbei. Any one of the pictures below has more than 12 pieces of “Repair”, some can be up to 30 pieces of “维修”

 

 

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What I am trying to sell is that there is nothing that can make money with, only cell phone repair is some kind of business that is still helping Huaqiangbei to survive, because Huaqiangbei still attracts a lot of people especially the tourists from China and overseas, and it is well known that you can fix your phone/computer/camera here, it is not only about the repair centers here, but more importantly, there are a lot of spare parts available here, you can get your phone fixed very quick in a good price.

Since there are more and more people competing in the repair business, it becomes very difficult for them to survide now. Unless there are some new invovations coming to the market, Huaqiangbei will be more and more difficult.

The best place in Shenzhen for 3D printing

If you ever come to Huaqiang Bei Shenzhen, you will see a lot of electronics markets. And a lot of the markets are built just for the makers like you who design things, build gadgets, and so on. However, from my obversation over the last 10 years, I can see that this business for the parts and components is dying from Huaqiang Bei, it does not mean that there are less and less makers, in fact, there are more and more makers that come to Shenzhen, but a lot of them are just buying parts from Taobao.com,

Since 2013, more and more 3D printers come to the market, some of them build nice shop in new Huaqiang Markets, and they show you what they can print.

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The picture above show you what a 3D printer can do, print a bra.

For overseas makers, you want to see what is available and you can grab the parts right away and go back to your hotel or office for testing to verify your idea or to test the parts and if the parts are not good you can just go back to get a replace one, however if you get the parts online, you need to wait, it might be a little cheaper on Taobao but you will waste your time on the developping process.

 

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Here is an interesting video that you might like on Youtube.

 

Kingii Wearable Saves you from Drowning by its inflatable airbag

I believe that the original design is from Kingii, but right now in the markets of Shenzhen gadgets, these floatation devices for swimmers are available to purchase.

 

When you compare the prices on Amazon, you will find that it is from 50 to 80 USD but in the market it is only 15 USD in cost.

 

This is very important for swimming beginners to wear it like a wristband, when you are in touble, you can just activate it and the gasbag will inflat and you will float up and be rescured by yourself.

 

The problem with this device is that it is almost impossible to ship the cartridge that have CO2

 

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You can also see how it works from a Youtube video

 

Shenzhen Huaqiang North: Growing pains of China Electronics First Street

Shenzhen Huaqiang North: Growing pains of China Electronics First Street

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Shenzhen Huaqiang North, China Electronics First Street, is undergoing a transformation and upgrading pains.

As the largest distribution center of electronic products in Asia, it repeatedly suffered profits decline, empty shop tide, flow reduction because of road blocking or closures and other crises in recent years. According to the informations to the media revealed from Lin Weidong, director of Huaqiang North institute, Futian branch, Shenzhen market supervision administration in 2015, the lowest rental rate of some of Shopping Mall in the region even dropped to 30%. But in the heyday of the Huaqiang North, it was once “hard to find a shop”.

Except the crisis, Huaqiang North also experienced various baptism such as e-commerce impact, intellectual propert enhancement and city upgrading. All these make it’s old development pattern facing transformation.

However, it’s also a place of great vitality. On the Pearl River delta 2.0 Forum in Shenzhen and Hongkong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture at the beginning of this year, Chen Yanping, dean of architecture and city planning college of Shenzhen University, said that the planning in Huaqiang North constantly compromise and concessions, and by means of the government and the market cooperate, something new will be always to enter Huaqiang North.

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Efforts to move from the downstream to upstream

On the China electronic information Expo in this year, Ma Xingrui, Shenzhen municipal Party committee secretary, introduced that Shenzhen electronic information industry accounted for nearly one-sixth of the country’s output value in 2015.

The predecessor of Huaqiang North is Shenzhen Shangbu Industrial Zone. Li Xiaojiang, Former president of China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, said that space like this not only in the city center but also low-cost, is the source and soil of urban innovation. In the new round of development in China, we should try to retain such space.

At the tenth China HI-TECH Fair in 2008, Huaqiang North has won the title of “China Electronics First Street”, where the mobile phone is one of the important industries. Reporter in Twenty-first Century Economic News recently quoted the introduction of industry Association of Shenzhen, said the mobile phone shipments of Huaqiang North up to more than 100 million per year, and the shipments to domestic market accounted for ten to twenty percent of the country.

In addition, for creative teams from all over the world, rich categories of electronic components makes Huaqiang North almost become synonymous with “hardware paradise”, and this has also become a natural advantage of current attracting many of hardware entrepreneurs in Shenzhen.

However, the old model of Huaqiang North has been in trouble. Recently, the reporter visited the Huaqiang North area. In some markets, the sight was still crowded and cluttered. Such as the counter was littered with all kinds of electronic accessories, and some shops and counters posted notices for lease.

The challenge for Huaqiang North right now is how to move “from downstream to upstream”. An objective fact is that Huaqiang North has not completely get rid of the “low-end” store image. A market manager told the Twenty-first Century Economic News reporter, that the old mobile phone recycling businesses he knows have been having fewer and fewer customers, and the profit of per unit have been reduced to even only 20 yuan.

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Behind the transformation: the industrial chain remains

Wang Xiaofei, the general manager of Shenzhen Huaqiang Electronic World Co., Ltd, said that in the face of economic downturn, e-commerce impact, road closures which because of subway construction and other heavy attack, rental rates and rental prices are falling, and the transformation of Huaqiang North is more of a forced move.

Whether it is because of the decline of traditional stores on account of the internet impact, or to conform to the development upgrade of the whole city of Shenzhen, the transformation of Huaqiang Northis is a necessity of the times.

However, Wang Ning, the vice president of China Electronic Chamber of Commerce, stressed that the transformation should not be become “transferring job”, the transformation of Huaqiang North should be a upgrade of trade way.

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· Liu Zhiyong, vice deputy head of Futian District, Shenzhen, said that Huaqiang North is not just a place to sell things, but also an industrial circle and a distribution center where can contact production and sales, and many businesses and electronic components manufacturers in the Pearl River Delta has formed a very closed relationship. Liu Zhiyong also said that“E-commerce can never replace industrial manufacturing, the capacity of industrial manufacturing is the unique advantages that Huaqiang North should keep.”

It is a fact that there are a lot of scammers in Shenzhen China

There are a lot of cheaters and scammers on the internet, it is time consuming and expensive for you to come to meet the suppliers in Shenzhen China, but you still want to do business with some suppliers in Shenzhen China. Which is the best platform for you to use? A lot of people choose Amazon and eBay, because you are sure that you will get your money back. The same story with Taobao, a lot of Chinese buyers think that they are guaranteed that they will get what they need, however, this is not the case. Scammers and cheaters have upgraded the way how they cheat people.

Here are my own stories, I am sharing my experience on buying a couple hard drive on Taobao.

On these websites like Taobao, eBay and Amazon, the prices need to be competitive otherwise there is no chance that they will get the business.

in December 2016, I found a cheat hard drive on Taobao for 180 RMB which is 26 USD, here is the link, normally it is 360 RMB which is twice as much ,see the link on Jingdong

 
Check the screenshot from Taobao VS Jingdong

 

 

 

 

So I was wondering and curious how they can sell it for half price, that was why I made a purchase just to see how I can get scammed and tell you the story, if I am lucky and I get an used hard drive that works, I can at least backup my Xiaomi camera (Xiaoyi surveillance camera) surveillance videos from 2015, these videos are no longer important to me.

 

When I received the this hard drive, I was surprised to see that enclosure is printed with a Samsung logo, the connector is a normal mini USB, but as you know for an external hard drive you need a USB 3.0 to a 10 pin flat micro USB type B like the following:

But what I got is a normal mini USB see picture below:

 This kind of cable is very slow and yet you need to install special driver on your computer before you are able to use it.

When I used some program to scan and check the hard drive, there are not just used but also there are some bad sectors. I need to fix and block the bad sectors before I can use it for non important files. It is not recommended to store some important data on such a hard drive, anyway, for a half price, how much would you expect? I don’t even want to waste my time to make a complaint on Taobao, and the process to return it to the seller is also time consuming.

 

Why do they want to scam me like that?

 

In fact, when I compare the price difference, I knew that I could get scammed but I just needed to try to see how I could get scammed, and it was not a lot of money, it is worth it to get the experience and share with you guys.

If you are offering something that is 360 RMB or even 300 RMB for a portable hard drive on Taobao, you will probably never get a sale or even an inquiry. The price on Taobao is very transparent, it is very difficult to make a profit if you don’t scam people.

So how can we survive if we don’t scam people? 

Taobao or Alibaba, or Aliexpress, they are the same company, they make so much money as a platform, the sellers need to make a lot of advertising fee to Taobao, and there is also a deposit needed for Taobao and an expensive annual fee on Tmall.com. As a seller in Shenzhen to overseas customers, in fact, we call them “clients”, we hope to get a long time business relationship so that we don’t need to pay a lot of advertising fee. We don’t work with short time customers because we can’t afford to do advertising and keep changing our customer database, it is also a lot of work and it takes so much time before we know each other. And also we are building a platform on our own so that the purchasing experience is so much better and it is easy for us to keep track of what we do for our customers, please be patient and wait for our “tool” which is our ERP system.

 

If you want to know how to avoid scammers, please read my post back in 2013

How to avoid sammers from Shenzhen, China

One scammer/cheater for mobile supply in Shenzhen was just reported

We got an email from an unknown Indian guy but I am not sure if this is a real scamming story about Chinese supplier, if you know that it is fake story, please let me know so that I will delete this post.

Here is the email content.

 

SIR, WE INDIANS ARE RESPECT TO CHINESE GOV. & POLICIES , WE ARE SUBMITTING INFORMATION ABOUT CHINESE SCAMMERS OF APPLE MOBILE SUPPLIERS, WE  RESPECT TO SINCERITY & GENUINE. BUT SOME OF YOUR CHINESE PEOPLE ARE TAKING UNDUE ADVANTAGES , I THINK SO CHEATING & SCAMMING  IS NOT GOOD FOR YOUR YOUR GOV. & INDIAN GOV. , BUT YOUR PEOPLES ARE CHEATING & SCAMMING WITH US,            SIR, WE ARE BROTHERS & SISTERS , WE FEEL. YOUR SOME OF PEOPLE’S ARE HABITUATED TO SCAMMER THEY NEED PUNISHMENT . THE FOLLOWING SCAMMER IS MOBILE SUPPLIER : –  SIR/MADAM,  KINDLY SUGGEST US, HOW ,I CAN PROCEED PL. , WE REQ. JUSTIFICATION . AS I WANT TO BOOK THE COMPLAINT AGAINST CHINESE MOBILE SUPPLIER. SIR, MY NAME IS UDAYBHASKAR .KODAMARTY, PROP. OF M/s ARROW AQUA SOLUTIONS , ADD : # 15-8-1/4, KALPANA-CENTER , EAST GODAVARI – DIST., KAKINADA , PIN – 533001. ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA . AS PER SOME CHINESE ARE SENDING ME QUOTATIONS & PROFORMA INVOICE TO ME FOR APPLE MOBILE MODEL 6S PLUS – 4G X 128 GB @ 208 $ , AFTER SOME MAIL TRANSACTIONS THEY AGREE TO SUPPLY AT INDIA WITH DOOR DELIVERY . I HAD PAID FULL AMOUNT AS PAYMENT SLIP SCAN COPY ,I AM SENDING TO YOUR ORG.  AFTER THEY RECEIVED THE AMOUNT THEY HAD GIVEN ME THE WRONG DHL SHIPPING    TRACKING NUMBER . WHEN I CONFORM TO THEM THEY ARE CLOSED THE CORRESPONDENCE. CHINA MOBILE SUPPLIER NAME ADD. & DETAILS ARE FOLLOWING : Banking detial:

Account Name: Xianfu Li
Account Number: 6217 9064 0001 3656 815
Bank Name: Bank of China Fujian Branch
Swift Code: BKCH CN BJ 720
Bank Address: 136 Wusi Road, Fuzhou 350003, Fujian Prov., China
Telephone (optional): 0086-1865-0275-296

      Kate

TEL: 0086-1865-0275-296
ADDR: Shenzhen city Futian district Zhonghang Road Duhui110 Tower Building B Floor 17th, Guangdong province, China
 

kate,kate01@xinxinzong.com

Price for New screens goes down a little

After Chinese New Year, people are back to work gradually. Price for new refurbished screens goes down a little.We can introduce to some people if you are in need of buying refurbished new screens from Shenzhen China, the price is good now.

If you’re interested in it, please kindly feel free to contact me for the newest prices.

My email is: eason@electronicsshenzhen.com

Whatsapp: +8613430787801

Wechat: blake_yeoh

Much appreciated.

Look forwarde to your information.

Latest buying price for broken iPhone lcd’s

Hi there,

This is the latest buying price for broken iPhone lcd’s for your reference.

iPhone 5/5S: 50 rmb

iPhone 5C: 30 rmb

iPhone 6: 115 rmb

iPhone 6 plus: 210 rmb

iPhone 6S: 260 rmb

iPhone 6S plus: 550 rmb

iPhone 7: 640 rmb

iPhone 7 plus: 790 rmb

 

Please feel free to contact me if you want to sell or refurbish your broken lcd’s.

My email is: eason@electronicsshenzhen.com

Whatsapp: +8613430787801

Wechat: blake_yeoh

Much appreciated.

Look forwarde to your information.

People are coming back to work now

The holidays were over a couple days ago, people are moving back to the big cities.

Shenzhen is one of the crowded in China, everyday the traffic capacity is good for 500,000 people to move out and in, and there are more than 50% people that need to move in or out during the holidays of Chinese New Year, 50% people in Shenzhen means 10 millions people and that means the traffic is full for 20 days at least. 

 

So in 7 days, the majority of people will be all back to work.