“Shenzhen, as most people are aware by now, is home to Foxconn, Apple’s primary contract manufacturer for iOS devices,” Caudabe reports. “What most people may not know is that Shenzhen is one of the wealthiest cities in China and typically joins Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou as one of China’s so-called ‘first tier’ cities.”
“So it’s not surprise that Shenzhen is the first city outside of Beijing where Apple has chosen to open its first retail store,” Caudabe reports. “It also happens to be the center of the counterfeit electronics industry in China. Not 10 miles away from this official Apple store is an area called Hua Qiang Bei, replete with all sorts of counterfeit doodads. And a few “replica” (read: really, crappy, fake) Apple stores, of course.”
Caudabe reports, “For anyone who’s ever been to an Apple store grand opening, it’s quite a site to behold. This one was no different.”
Check out many photos in the full article here.
M.I.C. gadget also has many photos of the store interior and exterior here.