Shenzhen Huaqiangbei Used Mobile Phone Market Insight – Ultimate Guide

Shenzhen Huaqiangbei (Huaqiang North Commercial Zone, or “华强北” in Chinese) is a well-known place in Shenzhen and China, many international businessmen, especially in the electronics industry, may know this place well. Shenzhen Huaqiangbei is a distribution center for all kinds of electronic products in China and Asia. Markets here sell a large number of electronic products, many new products will be made debuted here. Huaqiangbei used to be the birthplace of copycat phones, which started from here and sold to the whole world. Huaqiangbei is also a national distribution center for all kinds of new brand phones and second-hand mobile phones. A large number of mobile phones are gathered here and then spread to the whole country and even worldwide. As early as 2018, Samsung S10, which has not yet been released, has already begun to leak in Huaqiangbei. There are also refurbished iPhones, replica smartphones, and so on. In the eyes of netizens, it seems to be omnipotent in Huaqiangbei.

A glance of Huaqiangbei used mobile phone market

There is a sentence that described Huaqiangbei’s influence as follows: “Huaqiangbei sneezes, the world’s electronic markets would catch a cold.” It is not sure whether it will catch a cold, what is certain is that prices of used mobile phones and parts across the country will likely fluctuate as a result if Huaqiangbei experiences heavy traffic jams…

We have previously introduced Huaqiangbei’s electronic markets such as SEG Electronics Market, Huaqiang Electronics World, and SEG Communication Market. Today we will take you to have a deep understanding of Huaqiangbei’s used mobile phone market.

Brief Introduction of Huaqiangbei used mobile phone market

Huaqiangbei is a well-known distribution center for electronic products in Shenzhen and China. Many domestic and international merchants are attracted to come to Huaqiangbei Pedestrian Street, SEG Plaza, Huaqiang Electronic World, Longsheng mobile phone accessories, as well as YuanWang Digital City, Mingtong Digital City and etc., after spending time shopping around, finally they found all these places are selling electronics products but not mobile phones, used mobile phone, or mobile phone parts, what is going on?

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Merchants collect parts from these used mobile phones

In fact, Huaqiangbei (someone says “Huaqiang North“) is now a place selling brand new products, and Huaqiangnan (or says “Huaqiang South“) is right the place doing used mobile phones or parts business. Huaqiang South (Chinese say “华强南”), across the road from Shennan Avenue, there are countless large and small mobile phone parts and complete mobile phone markets, you can get almost any mobile phone parts or mobile phone you want, even the once-popular Nokia feature phones are still being sold by some merchants. Today, with the popularity of Apple devices, all businesses in Huaqiangnan’s entire Feiyang market are selling products related to iPhone and other Apple devices. If you know enough about mobile phones, you can assemble a brand-new mobile phone on your own by purchasing parts in a short time at a very low cost! Sure, there are also mobile phone markets for android devices, it is a paradise of all used mobile phones, if you are doing the same business, this is a place you have to visit.

PS: “Huaqiang South” or “Huaqiangnan” is actually the name of a road, but it generally refers to an area similar to Huaqiang North (Commercial Zone) in the article.

Distribution of used mobile phone markets in Huaqiang South area

Huaqiang South area, which is just across the road from Huaqiang North, is full of countless used mobile phone markets, the Feiyang Market, the Great Wall Market, and the Longzhu (Dragon Ball) Market are main markets for the sale of complete phones while others are phone parts markets. We can see from the map, these markets are all gathered in a few hundred meters, other mobile phone parts markets are around these markets, which just sell mobile phone parts.

Feiyang Market (Apple device market)

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Among these markets, the most popular one is the Feiyang Market, all merchants here engage in the business of Apple devices. Its full name is Tongtiandi Communication City Feiyang Market (“Tongtiandi” or “通天地” is the market brand name or a company name that operates the market), which is located on the 1st to 4th floors of Feiyang Times Mansion in Huafa South road. This is the second-hand market for all Apple devices (no new devices in the market), whether it is spare parts, the complete device, whether it is an iPhone, iPad or Macbook, as long as Apple-related products, we are sure you can find almost everything you want, you know, there are still businesses doing iPhone 4. If you have repair skills, you can buy all kinds of spare parts together here, and assemble a new phone yourself with a pretty good cost; If you can’t assemble it, just go to a repair stall in the market, it costs a little there, then they may return you a complete phone in minutes.

Merchants on the first and second floors of Feiyang Market mainly sell spare parts of Apple devices. The division of the business is very fine and professional. For example, some stalls only do motherboards, while some only make batteries, cameras, fingerprints, buttons, etc. The parts here are available in both original ones and copycat, anyway, merchants will usually tell you the truth directly. The original parts are usually disassembled from used phones while others are from Chinese manufacturers.

Most of the merchants on the third and fourth floors sell complete Apple devices, especially iPhone. All products in this market are second-hand, please do not waste your time here if you are planning to buy a new one. However, the quality of second-hand products varies, and the price also changes with appearance quality and many other aspects, it requires you to have professional identification skills, especially rich knowledge of mobile phone repairs, otherwise, it is easy to be deceived.

Used Android smartphone market

There are many brands of Android phones, and the price varies from very low to high with a large range. Due to frequent price adjustments by Android phone manufacturers, prices are not as stable as iPhone, therefore, many merchants are not willing to involve second-hand Android phones. However, Chinese mobile phone brands are rising in recent years, such as Huawei, has also hit the mid-to-high end, Samsung has always been the leader of Android phones in the world, Xiaomi, OPPO, VIVO mobile phones have also accumulated a large number of fans, both China and international market. In Huaqiang South, there are now several used Android smartphone market. In these markets, you can find various models of various Android mobile phone brands, including Chinese mobile phone brands that you know, as well as many unknown brands. Huaqiang South Android mobile phone market mainly includes Great Wall Market and Longzhu (Dragon Ball) Market.

Great Wall Market

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Great Wall Used Android Phone Market

The Great Wall Market is in another building that is only one hundred meters away from the Feiyang Market. The full name of Great Wall Market is called Tongtiandi Communication (Great Wall) Market, it is another branch of the Tongtiandi Communication Market. The Great Wall Market occupies the entire 1-7 floor of this building. The merchants on the lower floors all engage in mobile phone parts business, the complete second-hand mobile phones are sold on the higher floors, such as the 6th and 7th floors, so, the higher floors you go upstairs, the more lively the market is. After 2:00 pm local time, it is going to be crowded with a huge footfall. Merchants in this market mainly sell Android phones, there are also some merchants who doing second-hand iPhones.

Longzhu Communication Market

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Longzhu used Android phone market

Longzhu is the Chinese spelling of “Dragon Ball”, so someone translated it in Dragon Ball Market. Merchants in Longzhu market are all doing Android smartphone business, all kinds of Android smartphones can be found in this market. The market is divided by mobile phone brands. For example, if you are looking for Samsung smartphones, then you need to go to the second floor of Longzhu market phase 1. There is a zone that only do Samsung phones. The Longzhu Market has also a special zone for Huawei smartphone, it is on the 2nd floor of Longzhu market phase 4 (in another building), other Chinese mobile phone brands are zoned to other areas, anyway they are easy to find as Longzhu market is not too large.

Opening time

Open Time of Feiyang Market: 13:00 PM to 21:00 PM

Open Time of Great Wall Market: 10:00 AM to 21:00 PM

Open Time of Longzhu Market: 6:00 AM to 22:00 PM

These used mobile phone markets in Huaqiang South area are different from Huaqiang North’s marketplace, the opening time is usually late, although the standard opening hours are from morning to afternoon, it is also written outside the market door, if you really want to come here to find your business, please try to come in the afternoon after 2:00 pm local time, it seems this is an appointed time, markets usually continues from afternoon till 8:00-10:00 pm the night, there are few merchants in the market in the morning.

How to arrive to these used phone market?

The used mobile phone markets in the Huaqiang North business district is actually located in the Huaqiang South area, where is south side of the Huaqiang North. It is separated from Shennan Avenue (or Shennan Middle Road), but it is very close to the Huaqiang North business district with only hundreds of meters, these second-hand mobile phone markets are gathered together in a small area. However, if you haven’t been here and don’t understand Chinese, it would be still difficult to find them out. For example, the Great Wall Market is in an old building “hidden” in a residential area. Let alone foreigners, it’s even hard for Chinese to find this place; in addition, these markets are simply written in Chinese “*** Communication Market” on the entrance, there is no English sign or even no specific Chinese to tell which market is specific for Apple device or Android phone, you have to take your time to look inside the market to figure out what the merchants do in the market if You haven’t any experience.

However, we are sure you will be easily and accurately locate these markets if you follow our guide below, you can easily reach these places then.

Transportation

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Subway

Take Shenzhen Subway Line 1 and exit via Exit D at Huaqiang Road Station (this is better way you go Feiyang Market first), go straight eastward along Shennan Middle Road around 330 meters, turn right at Huafa South Road, Feiyang Market is hundred meters ahead of you. You may also exit via Exit C at Science Museum Station, then walk westward around 200 meters, turn left at Aihua Road, Great Wall market is 100 meters ahead of you.

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Shenzhen Subway Line 1 – Science Museum Station

If you plan to have a visit Huaqiangbei first, you may take Subway Line 2 or Line 7 and drop off at Huaqiang North Station, we have detail guide to show you how to arrive Huaqiangbei, take a look at the guide here: How to get to Huaqiangbei

Public Bus

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Bus stations are available in Shennan Middle Road, such as Xinghua Hotel West Station, Xinghua Hotel East Station, the following buses pass through these stations:

Xinghua Hotel West Station: No.4, 23,75,104, 202, 215, 223, m106, m132, m190, m192, Dapeng Holiday Tour Bus,No. 4, peak line no. 29.

Xinghua Hotel East Station: No. 3, 113, 202, 203, m133, m191, n3, n4, express bus No.60, 863, airport shuttle bus no. 330.

The following images show the names and positions for each market that we took from different maps such as Bing Maps, Google Maps, and Apple’s own iOS Maps (it shows here as Gaode maps). You can download your favorite map before you come here, record the English names displayed on each different map for each market we provide, search for the corresponding market name, navigate to the market you want to go to, or simply save our article.

Location of Feiyang Market (used Apple devices market)

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The Feiyang market sells used Apple device, it is located in the Feiyang Times Mansion. In Bing Maps, you can search for this building using the name “Feiyang Times Mansion”, the building name is also translated in “Feiyang Age Building” in Bing Maps, or Chinese pinyin “Fei Yang Shi Dai”.

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Name of Feiyang market in Google Map

In Google maps and iOS maps, the same words “Feiyang Times Mansion” can be used to search and locate this market.

Address of Feiyang Market: No.66, Huafa South Road, Shenzhen, Guangdong

Location of Great Wall Market (used Android phone market)

The full name of the Great Wall Market is Tongtiandi Communication (Great Wall) Market. It is a branch of the Tongtiandi Communication Market. The Great Wall Market is only a hundred meter east from the Feiyang Times Mansion, it mainly operates second-hand Android phones as well as a few Apple devices.

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Search term of Great Wall Market in Bing Maps

The Great Wall Market is translated as “Great Wall Mobile Phone Market” in Bing Maps, but do not try to use the English words “Tongtiandi Great Wall Market” in Bing Maps, it will take you to another place. In the iOS map, you can use the same name as Bing maps to search, you can also use “Tongtiandi Great Wall Market“, or even “Changcheng Mobile Phone Market” to locate the position (Changcheng is Pinyin letters of the Chinese “长城-Great Wall”), it will take you to the same location. In google maps, we can’t accurately locate the market position with the English translation, we just don’t know why, maybe you can try it by your own, just please remember that the Great Wall Market is only around 150 meters east of Feiyang Times Mansion, if the search result is a place far away from Feiyang Times Mansion, then it is a wrong position.

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Great Wall Market in iOS Map

Address of Great Wall Market:No.59, Aihua Road, Shenzhen, Guangdong

Location of Longzhu Market (used Android phone market)

The full name of Longzhu Market is the Longzhu Communication Market, it is just tens of meters south of the Great Wall Market. There are two different places for Longzhu Market, Longzhu Market Phase 1 and Phase 4, but they are not far apart. Longzhu Market Phase 1 is just 100 meters south of the Great Wall Market, Longzhu Market Phase 4 is across the road from Longzhu Market Phase 1.

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In Bing Maps, we can only use the keywords “Longzhu Communication Market” or “Longzhu Communication Market Phase 4” to locate the Longzhu Market Phase 4, and the Longzhu Market Phase 1 cannot be located in Bing Maps, or you can reach it through the keywords “Longzhu Communication Market Middle Gate” displayed in the Bing Maps.

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In the iOS map, you can use “Longzhu market phase 1” and “Longzhu market phase 4” to locate the two different places of Longzhu market.

In google maps, we cannot find these two locations with relevant keywords. You can use the following specific locations to search for the locations of these two markets.

Address of Longzhu Market Phase1: No. 47, Aihua Road, Shenzhen, GUANGDONG
Address of Longzhu Market Phase 4: No.68, Aihua Road, Shenzhen, GUANGDONG

How to buy from Huaqiang South used phone market and precautions

Now you might have a good understanding of Huaqiang South’s second-hand mobile phone market, then you may have plan to check it out. However, we suggest you consider carefully, we deeply know there are so many tricks in the market, as there is no specific quality and price standards for second-hand mobile phones, especially Android phones, the price adjustment cycle of new Android phones is usually short, and price changes greatly, which affects the price of second-hand Android phones, the quality of Android second-hand phones is also uneven. It is not recommended to buy or source second-hand phones if you are not professional.

iPhone has always been a popular smartphone in both China and international market, there are too many fans and sales are hot all over the world, either used phone. In the Chinese market, almost all used iPhone are sent from Shenzhen Feiyang market, many foreign businessmen also come here to do foreign trade business in used Apple devices, but there are various traps here. You know, used iPhone in Feiyang Market has many “versions”, it could be Japanese version, US, Korean, British, Singapore, Taiwan version and etc. if it is classified by region, of which the most are US version; it also varies in different appearance condition, you need to have the ability to identify if phones are replica or totally original… in one word, if you are unprofessional and unfamiliar with device, various traps are waiting for you.

If you are really committed to entering the second-hand mobile phone industry, and you are a foreigner, in fact, the more pertinent suggestion is to find a local professional to cooperate, so that you don’t have to come to the market every time, you will also avoid all kinds of problems in communication, tricks, avoid traps and etc., you will only need to submit your demand, care about the price, let the remaining thing done by local staff. Of course, you need to find a reliable partner, because the used phone industry is more complicated and requires a reliable partner. Actually, many Chinese businessmen over all the country also doing the same. Share with your friends if you think our article is really useful or helps you, and remember The7sourcing is also a professional sourcing agent in China, we are here to help you with all kinds of products, deals.