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Meet Shenzhen, tech capital of China
The Register ^ | 25th September 2012 04:55 GMT | Phil Muncaster

Posted on 11/30/2012 10:31:50 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

El Reg journeys to the city where much of our tech is made

Welcome to Shenzhen, a geek wonderland at the heart of the technology manufacturing hub of China and the world – the Pearl River Delta (PRD).

Last month The Reg had a rather disappointing experience pounding the streets of Tokyo’s Akihabara, where these days maid cafes and manga shops are more prevalent than stores selling tech wizardry.

So we decided to come to the heart of it all – a city that just 30 years ago was little more than a fishing village.

Thanks to former Communist boss Deng Xiaoping’s vision and some timely economic liberalisation, that village has now grown to a conurbation of over 14 million, which can justly lay claim to the title "China's Technology Capital".

It has so much money they've even built a new Eiffel Tower in a theme park called Window of the World.

Eiffel Tower Shenzhen day

Telecoms company ZTE senior vice president Zhu Jinyun had this to say recently about the city that hosts the headquarters of his firm, and those of arch rival Huawei, Chinese web giant Tencent and many more, as well as a stock exchange of over 17m registered investors – the second largest in the country:

The spirit of Shenzhen was born when China’s government chose Shenzhen to be the first of four Special Economic Zones (SEZ’s) in 1979.

When one recalls that, in 1979, everyone worked for the state or a state-owned enterprise and there were no private companies, Shenzhen’s success is impressive. The concept of the Shenzhen SEZ seems obvious today, but it was revolutionary in 1979. Allow risk takers to develop companies on the free market model. Find out if they could stand on their own and serve people better. Learn whether Chinese companies, for the first time, could change the way China does business.

The truth, however, is that this Chinese manufacturing revolution was kick started by Hong Kong and Taiwanese investment – and lots of it – in the very early days of economic reform, according to Gartner’s Roger Sheng.

“This first group of electronic manufacturers came from Hong Kong and Taiwan, they built factories and trained lots of local workers and engineers, who in turn built their own factories. In the past decade they’ve really caught the market opportunity for making CDs, DVD players, games consoles, LCD TVs, feature phones and now smartphones,” he told The Reg.

“Virtually any kind of electronics equipment can be produced in the Shenzhen area if you set up a factory. It’s easy to find different kinds of components and engineers to make the devices.”

Some of these components, such as semiconductors, are imported (or smuggled) across the border from Hong Kong, where they are greedily snapped up by the huge grey market for electronics goods in the region, he added.

There are two sides to Shenzhen, and the neighbouring cities of Dongguan, Zuhai and Guangzhou where the technology industry has also established itself.

Counterfeit iPhone shop, Shenzhen, China

A decidedly unofficial looking iPhone shop

On the one hand there are the barely legal white box or shanzhai factories and workshops churning out counterfeit or semi-legal products, and then there are the huge plants where Foxconn and other ODMs mass produce smartphones, laptops and PCs for vendors like Apple, HP, Nokia, Dell and others.

According to Sheng, while the Foxconn-like companies of Shenzhen undoubtedly generate the majority of revenue, the white box or shanzhai makers win when it comes to sheer volume of factories.

Next page: Heading down to Huaqiangbei


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: china; hitech

1 posted on 11/30/2012 10:31:54 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: ShadowAce
Introducing the Pearl River Delta

"The fastest growing region of the fastest growing large economy" Professor Michael Enright


2 posted on 11/30/2012 10:37:09 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Shenzhen before and after:


3 posted on 11/30/2012 10:47:20 AM PST by MrShoop
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To: MrShoop

Big improvement!


4 posted on 11/30/2012 11:09:50 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

our edge on the battlefield is IT. we’ve spent the last 20+ years educating all the communist countries we can... and thanks to the go-go globalists and progressives, Americas future is that of a 3rd world nation enslaved to china

this’ll end well
/s


5 posted on 11/30/2012 11:29:43 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: MrShoop
Compare that to the U.S.A.’s many declining and bankrupt cities as in Detroit, San bernadino, etc.

I know the evil socialist Obama stole the election but many democrats still voted for this socialist Obama that is crippling American companies with more government regulations.Private companies have less regulations in China than in the U.S.A. so which is the more socialist country now? The U.S. is.

Socialism is a lose -lose you lose freedom and you become poorer.

6 posted on 11/30/2012 11:29:53 AM PST by Democrat_media (limit government to 5000 words of laws. how to limit gov Quantify limited government ...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

SHENZEN BY DAY



7 posted on 11/30/2012 11:42:45 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
BE PREPARED TO LEARN HOW TO WRITE SHEN ZEN IN CHINESE...

8 posted on 11/30/2012 11:47:05 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
An interesting collection of photos: Chinese Architecture, Old and New
9 posted on 11/30/2012 11:57:19 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Opening our ports in the 80’s and 90’s to Chinese made goods was the biggest mistake we ever made.Actually,if the US,Europe and Japan had closed their ports Chinese cities would still be knee deep in bicycles like they were in Guangzhou when I was there in 1980.When I went there two years ago there were traffic jams and hardly a bike to be seen.The industrialized nations of the world will come to deeply regret the desire to get DVD players for $10 less than they would have been if they were made in Japan,South Korea,Taiwan or Singapore.
10 posted on 11/30/2012 12:07:54 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Benghazi: What Did Baraq Know And When Did He Know It?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Zerobama’s half-brother lives there.


11 posted on 11/30/2012 12:18:03 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I lived in Shenzhen from 1993 - 1996. I never saw it looking as clean as those photos. Shenzhen, just like most of China, is a hazy, polluted mess. When I was there, the only good thing about the place was the fact that you could escape to Hong Kong very quickly.

That being said, I found a way to have a lot of fun there!


12 posted on 11/30/2012 1:08:47 PM PST by GnL
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