Trip Start Feb 25, 2012
Trip End Aug 14, 2012

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

While in Hong Kong, I decided to run up to Shenzhen to buy a phone, camera and tablet computer. It was really easy to cross the border into China, I only needed to get on the Hong Kong MTR(subway) and go to the East Railway train which stops at the border where you then walk through customs and jump onto the Shenzhen MTR(subway) to get where you need to go. As soon as I arrived in Shenzhen, it was interesting how quickly everything changed…no more air conditioning, smells, dirty, back to bartering and arguing with sales people to get a fair price on anything, and the usual stuff. I went to Shenzhen to shop for electronics...I knew I didn't want to buy anything fancy especially because these phones don’t work in the US, but I wanted something better than the old fashioned Kyocera Carlo had lent to me because texting on it was nearly impossible.  It wasn’t an old fashioned phone, it was archaic and probably one of the very first cell phone models ever made.  Thanks Carlo! But I was willing to pay a 300 yuan for a Chinese smartphone and along the way I bought an android tablet with fantastic screen resolution and I paid about  liked for 1200 yuan.  

I also bought a camera which I knew wasn't a genuine cannon but it looked good at the time. The salesperson actually played a good trick on me when showing off the camera. Basically he took a dollar bill and turned on macro mode then photographed it at a very close distance to show off the quality of the camera.  At the time, it looked really good picking up even the smallest details of the money. However, once you put that small picture onto a computer screen, the pixels and everything else showing poor quality is more evident.  I was fooled! Oh well, win some lose some! My advice, don’t buy cameras in China. Just don’t! In general my brief tour of Shenzhen s just shopping mall after shopping mall filled with electronics.  The inside of these malls were filled with computer parts and other electronic parts and people bidding on bulk as if in an auction.  Noisy stuffy showrooms filled with young people slurping noodles and yelling on phones, not my thing. 

Live and learn!



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