Shanghai Part 2

by HobbyGenius VIP on April 8, 2014 at 3:21 pm | 0 comments.


Today was an incredibly interesting day. We had no idea where the electronics markets were in Shanghai but read somewhere that they were on Beijing Road West, so off we went…

West Beijing Road

West Beijing Road

We arrived at the intersection of West and East Beijing Road and headed west. Soon we found ourselves among loads of small hardware and DIY shops. It’s truly incredible to see just how much stock those guys will pile into such a small space…

HardwareShop1
Everything we saw was just a big jumble…

HardwareShop2
It’s very different to the packets of screws you get in Homebase (they just had bowls of assorted screws to choose from)…

HardwareShop3
There was an amazing range of things to buy, and a lot of tools that every hobbyists needs: multimeters, power supplies, soldering irons…

Multimeters

Multimeters

Along with loads of things that are more aimed at industrial applications…

Dials, Power Supplies & Fixings

Dials, Power Supplies & Fixings

Flexible Coolant Hoses

Flexible Coolant Hoses

Although this was all fascinating, we were only looking for small electronic components: resistors, capacitors, LEDs, displays etc. None the less we continued on west hoping to find what we were looking for, unfortunately the closes thing we found were panel mounted switches and displays for industrial control panels…

Control Panels

Control Panels

It was clear that you could build practically anything just by walking down this street. There were cogs, gears, springs, tubes, pipes, motors, radiators, valves, tools…the list is endless, but still not a resistor in sight. We decided to give up and head back east to the intersection when we found stumbled across a great big shopping mall…

Fake Market

Fake Market

Now China has malls just like we have in Europe, but every now and then you’ll find a mall like this. It’s essentially a great big building with loads of shops selling you fake goods and generally cheap souvenirs. Every other shops sells you the same thing and they go mad for tourists when you enter.

Electronics Shop

Electronics Shop

There’s a lot of consumer electronics shops in these places, selling you Bose speakers and Beats headphones for less than 150¥ (about £15). The quality isn’t bad by any standard, often a lot of these products are made in the same factory and just illegally branded. There’s also a large range of toys, clothing, handbags, sunglasses etc, again all counterfeit.

Anyway we progressed on since we didn’t want to spend all day haggling over items that we don’t need. Eventually we arrived back at the intersection and just around that area (sort of down East Beijing Road) is a large hardware market, again it was selling the same hardware as before but this was all in one place…

Hardware Market

Hardware Market

Hardware Market

Hardware Market

In conclusion, we didn’t find what we were looking for but we did find something just as interesting. The plan tomorrow is to head down East Beijing Road to find a large component market that we’ve read about (yes we were gutted that we walked west instead of east today).

For those wondering where they can find all these wonderful shops…

Hardware Shops

Hardware Shops

On the intersection of East and West Beijing road is the large hardware market.

The first 100 metres or so of Beijing West Road has a good selection of shops, any further and you’re wasting your time.

We also found a lot of shops on Xinzha Road.

See Google Maps.

Xinzha Road

Xinzha Road

We also saw live Catfish ready to be cooked at the nearby cafes…why not

Live Catfish

Live Catfish