Shenzhen wasn’t a town 30 years ago, it was barely a village. Almost nobody is from Shenzhen, people come here to make money and send it to family in other parts of China. Over the Chinese New Year, that two week period when you can’t order from Seeed Studio, tons of eBay vendors, and all of Taobao, Shenzhen empties out and shuts down.
Market stands that display hundreds of components in Huaqiangbei are covered in newspaper and put to bed. I’m told this is a Hokkien thing, a cultural group from the southern part of China known for trading. Usually impassable streets are deserted, normally mobbed subway stations seem eerily post apocalyptic.
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