HuaQiangBei electronics market is one of the most popular places for makers in Shenzhen, as you can purchase any kind of components in shops spread across several multi-story buildings. If you can’t find something over there, you’re unlikely to find it anywhere else. So this morning when I read an article entitled “Vendors protest eviction from Shenzhen’s historic Huaqiangbei electronics market” with photos like the one above I was shocked initially thinking the complete market would potentially close.
I can still clearly remember SEG building along the main street when I lived in China many years ago. This building is still up and running, and instead Technode reports about the closure of the eight-story Gaokede building which was planned since the end of 2018, and the owner cut off electricity and water supplies yesterday.
Even if you are a regular visitor, you’d be forgiven if you forgot where Gaokede is located exactly. It’s building 2 on the map above, while the more popular SEG (9) and HuangQiang (6) buildings are located along Shennan Middle road.
The ~2,000 sellers in Gaokede building specialized in products ranging from switches to LED lights to USB cords. Albeit some sellers remain, most are now gone, and vandals have damaged some of the premises which explains the first photo. The building is now scheduled for destruction and rebuilding, so if you used to buy components from this building, you’ll have to find alternative sources.
Thanks to Jon for the tip.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.