A week is obviously not enough time to truly understand a market as massive and fascinating as China. Hell, it’s not really even enough time to adjust to the 12 -hour time difference from New York. That said, each of the 3 sees I’ve taken to the country in the past two years has produced some handy insights into my persona as equipment journalist now at TechCrunch.

Late last week, I got back from an eight-day trip to Shenzhen in the Guangdong Province of Southern china and nearby Hong Kong. In some respects, the cities are lives apart, though a freshly opened high-speed rail system has increased the errand to 30 hours. Patronages controversies aside, it’s the height of convenience. Though for political and cultural intellects I’ll not get into here, some have bemoaned the access it’s provided.

This particular visit was sort of a scouting expedition. In November, TechCrunch will be hosting its first Hardware Battlefield event in a couple of years. Previous contests had been held at CES for reasons of easy access to young startups. This time out, however, we’ve opted to go straight to the source.

The birthplace of hardware

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