Tips on visiting Shenzhen and beyond

Tip 1: What is the best place to visit in Shenzhen or even in whole China for sourcing electronics?

Answer: Huaqiangbei.

It is known as the largest electronics market in China. Though frankly it is said to be notorious for its fake goods as suggested in Wikipedia, it is still home to everything about electronics which are manufactured in suburban areas in Shenzhen including Bao'an, Longgang, Guangming, Pingshan, etc. Although not all the stalls here mean good suppliers behind them, good suppliers are sure to have their own stalls in Huaqiangbei. In Huaqiangbei you can find thousands of stalls which can link you to numerous factories, suppliers behind them. And only buyers with patience and insight can find products with suitable specifications, good quality, high originality and best price.

Tip 2: What are the best online stores for electronic products in China?

Answer: JD or Taobao.

On JD you can buy finished goods with absolute originality from Official Flagship Stores run by many famous brands in China and also across the world. Amazingly, if stay in Shenzhen, you can receive the products that you buy in a matter of only half to whole day, and you can return the goods within 7 days with no reasons.

Taobao however is a little bit different from JD, more often times, you are advised to purchase more unfinished goods or electronic components and parts on Taobao at prices sometimes even lower in Aliexpress, Alibaba, Ebay and Amazon. Moreover, different from JD or Tmall, you can bargain with the sellers to reach a best price according to your quantity required.

Tip 3:  What other cities can I easily access if you come to Shenzhen?

Answer: Actually many.

Shenzhen is the 4th largest city in China after Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. From Shenzhen you can reach Hong Kong and Guangzhou in only a matter of half hour as both are the closest neighbors of Shenzhen, so you easily shift among these 3 cities for factory tours and trade fairs (including Canton Fair and Hong Kong Electronics Fair). Not only that, you can reach Dongguan, Zhuhai and Foshan very easily, they are very famous for their electronics, home appliances, or ceramics, etc.

Tip 4: Should I hire a car or an interpreter who drives a car?

Answer: Not a must.

Because there are many alternatives to hiring a car including taxi-ordering Apps (Didi and Uber), high speed railway, metros, buses in China. Didi and Uber work unimaginably well in China, you can get a car in just a matter of 2 to 5 minutes, and either for the taxi driver or your interpreter, you do not need to worry about the time wasted in finding a vacant parking space among crowds of cars or even in some cases, paying for a ticket from a Chinese police officer. Moreover, a foreign visitor should be reminded that in cities like Shenzhen, sometimes taking a metro can get you to a certain destination much faster during heavy traffic hours. Lastly, to use these smart alternatives is naturally much more economical.

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