This all changed a bit, when we bumped into some Canadians that where prepping for a makeFashion show at the Makers Faire. They invited us along to either just watch, chat or volunteer and help with the preparations. There had been sponsored by Seeed and where working out of the a room at their new office, so we jumped at the chance!
But first two of us took an early morning bullet train 140km North to Guangzhou, home of the twice a year Canton Import Export Fair. This is the largest trade fair in the world, with over 185,000 buyers visiting 60,000 booths. We only managed to visit maybe 20% of site in the day, before being kicked out at 18:00.
Below is an aerial photo showing the size of the complex. There is a metro train station at each end of the building. As a bit of a reference, the furthest building is around 500m long.
Here is view of one of the smaller of the three buildings:
The Shenzhen Makers Faire was condensed from three days down to two due to an ill-timed typhoon. That made for an interesting experience. It was meant to be a direct hit, but it changed directions 5-6 hours earlier and landed 100km up the coast. The poor organises had to take the site down the day before and then put it up the day after the typhoon passed. It was a great show though. We scored a free ESP32 and break out board and a few RGB LED panels and chips.
Below, some kids are playing with a lasercut Rube Goldberg machine:
The three of us volunteered our time (some more than others), to help them out with soldering, programming and sewing etc.
Never having attended a fashion show before, let alone helping out behind the scene was amazing to see how it all unfolded. Below, the models are lighting up, ready to go on stage:
The above is just a small part of what we managed to cram into our 15 day visit. I haven't talked much about the food, architecture, night life, typhoons, shopping, the accommodation. Shenzhen is a dynamic and exciting place to explore. We will all be going back again in 2017 for another geek adventure.