Great weekend for a change. The weather was warm, sometimes sunny, little rain etc… Friday I took the riders to the Buddhist temple which is on the other side of the Qaintang River, then halfway up a distant mountain. Actually the mountain’s base is in a ghetto so we drag our bikes halfway up the 500 stairs and chain them to a rail where the entire world can watch them. I haven’t had my bike stolen there in my previous visits. My monk friend was in meditation when I visited, but their were three elderly female caretakers there to greet us. They poured us some tea and resumed making whatever crafts they were working on. I showed Chen and Ray the various temple buildings and then we left. It is a chore to climb all the steps but it gets easier as I get more used to climbing.
Afterwards we had a great lunch at the dirty road side restaurant which I previously described as the place where they rinse the greens on the same driveway where the baby shits
. Yes, this is true my friends. I relish the greens here, but they are always washed in some form of black water. Maybe it adds to the flavor. As long as it;s boiled…. I just eat it. As usual the food and service was excellent and cost about a buck fifty for a 5 course meal. The downside is the shit of course. Then we jumped back on the bikes, rode back to the 2 mile wide bridge, crossed over to the Xiasha side, and headed to the riverside park in order to feel the sun and watch the myriad of beautiful kites. We stocked up on beer, pineapple, and boiled peanuts for snackies. We laid out on the river bank and just chillaxed for a couple hours. First time I’ve been able to just “Chillaxe” in the park without having to keep moving. Next time we will bring the guitars!
We left the park, bought some pork stew al’ Filapino ingredients and all went back to my apartment to cook, bullshit, and play the guitar. Chen as usual played his three chords like a madman and soon picked them up flawlessly unlike any other guitar student that I have ever taught. He just practiced the same boring drill for a few hours and done! He internalized the three chords. His rhythmn is horrible so I just have him do downstrokes in 4/4 time. This way the upstroke and rhythmn doesnt confuse so much. Since then Chen has downloaded the 9 chords and lyrics to the John Denver song “Country Roads”, and he just stopped in and I taught him how to play the chords and sing the song
. Chen never ceases to amaze me.
After a fun night with Ray and Chen, they gave me a Chinese name: “Chang Xiou Yao”, which means “happy with traveling” as they noticed that I am in a happy place while riding my bike.
Saturday: I chilled at home until 3:30 then headed toward my Kiwi friends place nearby. “Chris” and “Diane” are my occasional neighbors whom I’ve written about before. Chris is one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. A great conversationalist. Diane’s best friend was cool as can be. She is a Kiwi, but spent 20 years in Kawai and another 10 in Oregon, her accent is not as strong as Diane’s is. Both her and Diane are atheletes and love to run, bike, kayak ect… They also seem to enjoy shopping! (admittedly one of my weaknesses).
The four of us went to a fancy dinner at a restaurant called “Wu’s Brothers” and had a most spectacular time. Kiwi’s are fairly normal people no matter who they are. Wu’s was an excellent place and the company was nice. Diane and Wyennis had much info on how I can export Chinese jewelry to the US and possibly make some money. PM me for a picture of some spectacular samples of pearl, coral, turquiose and more
. The pearls a the best bang for the buck. I have a source for excellent pearls at prices a westerner would not believe.
The next day the four of us went to the great trading city known as ‘Yiwu”. Yiwu has a jewelry wholesale market that defies imagination. Pearls and stones as far as the eye can see. We spent hours there, looking over the stock, discussing prices. ect… Yiwu is a wholesale market and wants to sell multiples of whatever it is you want. they sell everything you can imagine. Tools, clothes, toys, electronics, handbags, ect…. Yiwu will have a giant pavillion of nearly any product you want and will ship a container load to you with no problem. Yiwu is where much of the worlds trade happens.
With jewelry I can just mail order it once I determine what will sell. I met many suppliers and have their cards and e-mails. I can get some amazing things at low costs. Being a man, knowing what women want to wear is a problem for me. But with expert help, I managed to buy a few samples to pass on to my reps back the the US. (both reps are new at this as well). Who knows, we might just strike it big. If any of my friends back home want to get into the jewelry business, just let me know
. You can use the Avon lady approach to sell pearls and other oriental jewelry.
After walking miles around the markets in Yiwu we took a cab back to the Yiwu train station. I totally got busted for having a few sharp stiletto knife in my front pocket. The security lady with the metal detector found it and would not give it back. She put the knife on the xray machine and I politely picked it up and tried to ask if I could put it in my back pack. She got a little pissed and called her boss to come talk to me. I motioned that I merely wanted to put the blade into my baggage, he didn’t think it was the best idea, but since hee was also dealing with some pissed off drunk, farmer bastard, he just handed me the knife and told me to leave. Haha.. China is much cooler about stuff like this then America would be.
Hotels in Yiwu
The best hotels ranged from 2 star to 5 star in Yiwu City. Please check on the following hotels, and contact us which hotel you prefer. We can book it for you at lowest price based on agreements between our company and hotels.
Warm reminder: All prices shown on our website are regular prices after discount. Hotels do not offer any discount during China Yiwu International Commodity Fair ( 21th October – 25th October). Some hotels may use original room prices from 18th October. So please contact us for detail prices before booking.
- Yiwu Kingdom Hotel
The Yiwu Kingdom Hotel (Yiwu Jindu Jiudian) is located west of Citizen Square in downtown Yiwu and a 10-minute drive from Yiwu International Trade Center—the world’s largest small commodity wholesale market. Read more >>
- Hyde Jianguo Hotel Yiwu
The Hyde Jianguo Hotel (Haide Jianguo Jiudian) is a comprehensive business hotel close to Haide Park, just a nine-minute drive from the world’s largest small commodity wholesale market—- Yiwu International Trade Center and a 25-minute drive from Hengdian World Studios—a film-making site. Read more >>
- Tianheng International Hotel
The Tianheng International Hotel (Tianheng Guoji Dajiudian) is located in Beiyuan Industrial Park with Hangjinqu Freeway near at hand. Read more >
- Yiwu ssaw Hotel ( Huafeng )
The Yi Wu Ssaw Hotel (Shimao Junting Huafeng Jiudian) is located in central Yiwu. Read more>>
- Yiwu ssaw Hotel ( Chengzhongcheng)
The Yiwu Ssaw Hotel (Yiwu Shimao Junting Chengzhongcheng Jiudian) is located on the bustling West Chouzhou Road and offers guests convenient access to local transportation networks. Read more >>
- Yimei Plaza Hotel
The Yimei Plaza Hotel is a top luxury business hotel in downtown Yiwu, near Xiuhu Square. Read more >>
- Best Western Premier Hotel
Yiwu Fair-goer favorite for location, value, service and quality.
The Best Western Premier Ocean Hotel (Yiwu Zuijia Xifang Haiyang Jiudian) is a four-star business hotel located close to Binwang bus station and Binwang Market, one of Yiwu’s primary trade centers. Read more >>
- Quintessence Kaixin Hotel
State-of-the-art conferences and recreation by Binwang Market.
The Quintessence Kaixin Hotel (Yiwu Qiantang Kaixin Dajiudian) is a business hotel located in the city’s 21st Century Business Area within easy reach of the bus and train stations as well as Yiwu airport, which is approximately 15 minutes away by car. Read more >>
- Yindu Hotel
Pool, bowling alley in Yiwu biz district location
Conveniently located in the city’s business district, the Yindu Hotel (Yindu Jiudian) features 222 rooms, ranging from standard rooms to deluxe suites. Read more >>
- Yihe Hotel
The Yiwu Yihe Hotel (Yihe Dajiudian) is a modern business hotel located near the Binwang Bazaar. Elegant, comfortable standard rooms, executive rooms and apartments come in a variety of styles, totalling 289 in all. Read more >
- Yiwu Hotel
The Yiwu Hotel (Yiwu Dajiudian) is conveniently located close to the railway station, about a 15-minute drive from the airport. Read more >>
- Bali Plaza Hotel Yiwu
Located in the well-known China small commodity city-Yiwu, the Bali Plaza Hotel (Yiwu Balidao Guangchang Jiudian) is near People’s Square and puts guests within easy reach of many commercial, dining and entertainment areas. Read more >>
- Yiwu International Mansion
The Yiwu International Mansion (Yiwu Guoji Dasha) is a business hotel located on Binwang Road, close to the Binwang Market. Read more >>
- Ramada Plaza Hotel
Great Ramada value and modern amenities, downtown location.
The Ramada Plaza Yiwu is affiliated with Ramada International, and is located in the heart of Yiwu. It is only 5 minutes from the bus terminal by car, and 10 minutes from China Commodity City. Read more >>
- Byland Star Hotel
The Byland Star Hotel (Yiwu Bandao Xingji Jiudian) is a business hotel located in Yiwu’s commercial center, close to the International Trade Center and a five-minute drive from the Meihu Exhibition Center. Read more >>
- Yinlong Hotel
Yinglong Hotel Near to Binwang Market, convenient communication. Read more >>
- Hiyat Hotel
Hiyat near to Futian Market and Indian restaurant. Read more >>
- Fortune Business Hotel
Fortune Hotel Near to Futian Market. Read more >>
- Ejon Fashion Hotel
Ejon Fashion is near to Night Market and the Foreign Street. Read more >>
- Ejon Intercontinental Hotel
The Ejon Intercontinental Hotel (Yijia Zhouji Jiudian) is a business hotel close to Binwang Market—one of the three main markets of China Small Commodities City, offering guests easy access to a shopping and entertainment street. Read more >>
- Ejon Kins Hotel
The Ejon Kins Hotel (Yijia Jinsui Jiudian) hosts various guestrooms outfitted with central air conditioning, satellite TVs, refrigerators, hair dryers, 24-hour hot shower and free broadband internet access. Read more >>
- Goumao Hotel
Goumao Hotel near to Futian Market, elegant environment. Read more >>
- Jinda Hotel
Located in Yiwu, the Jin Da Hotel (Jinda Binguan) is conveniently close to Yiwu International Trade City, the Binwang Long-Distance Bus Station and a clothing market. Read more >>
- Yiwu Suofeite Hotel
Yiwu Suofeite Hotel (Suofeite Jiudian) is located in the busy commercial district on Chouzhou Bei Lu, close to the largest International Commercial and Trade Center in Asia. Read more >
- America’s Best Inn & Suites
The America’s Best Inn & Suites (Yiwu Zuijia Meizhou Yueting Guoji Jiudian) is located in the most bustling downtown city, where there are shopping centers, Xiuhu Park and People’s Square. Read more >>
- Diyuan Hotel
Diyuan Hotel (Diyuan Jiudian) is a three-star business hotel located close to downtown near provincial Economic Development Zone and Beiyuan Industrial Park. Read more >>
- Bugetel Huadu Hotel
The Budgetel Huadu Hotel (Pujite Huadu Jiudian) is a boutique business hotel located on West Gongren Road, within easy reach of the Binwang clothing market. Read more >>
- WHWH Business Hotel
Facing Yiwu International Trade City (also called Futian Market)—the largest wholesale market complex in China, the WHWH Business Hotel (Wanhaowanjia Shangwu Jiudian—Yiwu Dian) is a comprehensive hotel just 10 kilometers from both the airport and railway station. Read more >>
- World Hotel
The World Hotel (Weidun Jiudian) is a business hotel situated near Asia’s largest small commodity wholesale market, the Yiwu International Trade Center, about 10 kilometers from both Yiwu Airport and Yiwu Railway Station. Read more >>
- Snow Peak Hotel
The Snow Peak Hotel (Yiwu Xuefeng Dajiudian) is a comprehensive hotel located close to the Yiwu International Trade City. It is 6 km away from the airport. Read more >>
- Yiwu Milan Holiday Hotel
Yiwu Milan Holiday Hotel provides cozy rooms, western restaurant, and deluxe sauna. Read more >>
- Yiwu Hongkong Hotel
Yi Wu HongKong Hotel is a 4-star mordern hotel with ideal location for both leisure and business. Read more >>
- Yiwu Holiday Hotel
Yiwu Holiday Hotel is located at the central politic area of Yiwu, close to Xiuhu Park, has easy access to the railway station and the airport. Read more >>
≤ 2 stars
- Fuheng Hotel
The Fuheng Hotel (Fuheng Dajiudian) is situated close to Meihu Convention and Exhibition Center and just 20 kilometers from the airport. Read more >>
- Jianyang Hotel
Located on Middle Jiangdong Road, the Jianyang Hotel (Jianyang Jiudian) is adjacent to Meihu Convention and Exhibition Center, just 10 kilometers from both the railway station and the airport. Read more >>
- Tiandu Hotel
Located at the intersection of North Gongren Road and Chengbei Road, the Tiandu Hotel (Tiandu Dajiudian) is within easy reach of the Binwang Market and Yiwu International Trade City, the largest wholesale market complex in China. Read more >>
- Days Inn Yiwu China
The Days Inn Yiwu China (Yiwu Daisi Jiudian) offers guests easy access to the Yiwu International Trade City, the largest wholesale market complex in China and also one of the most advanced wholesale markets in the world. Read more >>
- Jinjiang Inn ( Yiwu China )
The Jinjiang Inn (Yiwu) (Jinjiangzhixing Yiwu Dian) is located on Binwang Road and adjacent to Binwang small commodities market. Read more >>
- Ky Hotel
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- Byland Hotel
Situated in Yiwu’s commercial area, the Byland Hotel (Bandao Jiudian) is close to the Meihu Convention and Exhibition Center and Yiwu International Trade City-the largest wholesale market complex in China. Read more >>
- Weierdun Hotel
Weierdun Hotel is about 50m to International Trading City. Read more >>
- Motel168 Yiwu Chezhan Road
Opposite the former Yiwu Railway Station, Close to coach station. Read more >>
- Hanting Inn Yiwu Binwang
Established in October 7, 2007, the 7-storey hotel has 94 guestrooms and suites with standard room measuring 19 square meters. Read more >>
- Yiwu Wangfeng Business Hotel
Located at Binjiang west road of Yiwu, the hotel is 5-min-drive to Xiaoshangpin city, 10-min-drive to Futian market, 15-min-drive to railway station and airport. Read more >>
- Yiwu Golden Hotel
The Golden Hotel is located the golden section of Yiwu, near to the busy commercial trading area. Read more >>
Yiwu (simplified Chinese: 义乌; traditional Chinese: 義烏; pinyin: Yìwū) is a city of about 1.2 million people in central Zhejiang Province near the central eastern coast of the People’s Republic of China. The city is famous for its small commodity trade and vibrant free markets and is a regional tourist destination. Although administratively Yiwu is a county-level city under the jurisdiction of Jinhua, it is more well-known than Jinhua nationally and internationally.
Yiwu was founded in the Qin dynasty, at or about 222 BC. Yiwu’s long history flourished as early as the Neolithic Age. Yiwu first became a county in 222BC and was renamed Yiwu County in the year 624 AD. In May 1988, the former Yiwu County was upgraded to a county-level city. In 1995, Yiwu ranked the 47th among China’s 100 most powerful counties/cities regarding comprehensive economic strength and in the same year listed as Zhejiang’s sole city among the nation’s experimental counties/cities of comprehensive reform. In 2001, the Yiwu overall economy ranked 19th of all counties (cities) of China.
Yiwu’s early culture has given birth to many great figures in the fields of literature, art, military, education, and engineering. Among these were Chen Wangdao, China’s first translator of the Communist Manifesto; Wu Han, historian and former deputy mayor of Beijing; Zhu Zhixi, the meritorious engineer in harnessing theYellow River, Zhu Danxi, one of the four distinguished doctors of the Jin and Yuan Dynasties ,and Zongze, a well-known general from the Song Dynasty who resisted aggression by the State of Jin, and as well as Wang Lee Hom, a very famous singer.
Yiwu is located 100 km south of the city of Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province. The nearest city to Yiwu is Dongyang. The area, as in most of the Province of Zhejiang, is in a mountainous region.
Yiwu is technically part of the greater Municipal region of Jinhua, although it has a distinct urban core. On China’s administrative strata it is a sub-prefecture level city. It has under its jurisdiction 15 towns and 8 villages, which covers 1102.8 square kilometers, 15 square kilometers of which are urban area of 650,000 people (2005 estimate). There has been talk of merging the Yiwu and Jinhua areas into a single municipal zone or economic entity, but this plan has yet to make its way into any formal discussion.
Yiwu is famous in China as a commodities center. The Yiwu market developed and managed by Zhejiang China Commodities City Group Co., Ltd. (Public, SHA:600415). Yiwu’s China Small-Commodity Market has for 6 consecutive years topped China’s 100 top open markets and was for successive years listed as “China’s civilized open market”. It has been named as the banner of China’s market economy and with a large variety of quality but cheaper commodities, the market has become a shopping paradise for tourists. It especially witnessed a rise in Arab traders who have been visiting the city since 9/11. Apparently, since many entrepreneurs from the Middle East found it more difficult to travel to America due to visa restrictions, they turned their attention to China. The Arab presence has fostered the rise mosques and Middle Eastern restaurants.
The GDP reached 52 billion yuan in 2009, an increase of 9% from 2008, and the per capita GDP reached 71,457 yuan (US$10,461). The per capita urban disposable income reached 30,841 yuan and rural pure income 12,899 yuan, increasing 7.4% and 8.5% respectively.
Its 4C-grade airport has opened over a dozen of air routes to such cities as Beijing, Guangzhou, Shantou, Weifang and Shenzhen. The Zhejiang–Jiangxi Railway and Hangzhou–Jinhua Expressway pass through the city, making Yiwu an important local transportation hub. Express trains from Shanghai South Railway Station take less than three hours.
“Yiwu, 300 kilometers away from Shanghai, is the largest market of petty commodity wholesales in the world where various foreign buyers go to place orders.” Such a depiction comes from Chinese Figures Astonishing the World, a special report co-delivered by the United Nations,the World Bank and Morgan Stanley. In that special report, Yiwu is the only enlisted county economy. And in the choice of “the 2004 Most Favorite Chinese Cities of Domestic and Foreign Public in 2004”, Yiwu ranked the first among all county-level cities.
|“||As documented by the author Tim Phillips[disambiguation needed ] … [t]he city of Yiwu … functions as a sort of ‘Wall Street’ for the counterfeiting industry, providing a vast marketplace where, Phillips states, 100,000 counterfeit products are openly traded and 2,000 metric tons of fakes change hands daily.||”|
|—Eamonn Fingleton, 2008|
Cultural and social
Yiwu contains an Olympic quality stadium. Many events associated with trade take place in Yiwu City. Yiwu also has a sizable Chinese Muslim and Korean population, mostly working in the import and export businesses, as well as a very small Jewish population also in those businesses. It also has a large Christian Church. Yiwu is also known as the “sock town” as it produces over three billion pairs of socks for Wal-Mart, Pringles and Disney annually. Yiwu is also known as China’s number one producer of fashion jewelry.
The Guyue Bridge, a stone arch bridge built in 1213, is one the few existing bridges of that era.