So last weekend, I had the opportunity to visit my brother who lives in Shenzhen, China. And every time I visit the city. It always never fails to amaze me. The speed that this city advances in terms of technology is mind blowingly fast.
Every time I visit Shenzhen, I always spend at least half day wandering around the main electronic market district of Huaqiangbei.
Usually, Huaqiangbei is packed with people but I visited during the Dragon Boat festival holiday and As you can see a lot of shops are close or empty.
"A shop that specialized in 3D printers"
"Computer enthusiast shop"
"All sorts of connectors and screws"
If you need anything, you will most likely find it in Huaqiangbei. All sorts of stuff hardware, ip cams, powerbanks, usb dongles, LEDs, latest tech, smartphones, computers, phone parts, If you could think of it. Its probably available there. Also EVERYTHING IS SUPER CHEAP.
Even fidget spinners
Shenzhen, for better or worst is fast becoming a cash less city. Everything can be paid through your phone via Wechat Pay or Alipay (Wechat pay is more popular in China since almost everyone have has it) From buying stuff online to eating outside, parking, tipping, giving money. (Yes, even beggars have their own QR code for you to scan and to give money to) everything can be settled through it. It's really convenient.
Another thing that gained popularity in Shenzhen are bike-sharing app
The bike sharing app is really easy to use and its cheap too. My brother told me that he uses Mobike almost everyday and only pays around 20 RMB per month (or $3 USD)
Last but not the least.
Another thing that Hong Kong doesn't have is Papa Johns.
Thanks for reading this blog. I know its rough around the edges. As i don't normally do this.