Yiwu, means loyal crow in Chinese, was a name from an old beautiful tale about crows helping good people.
Yiwu, original name as Wushang, was founded in the Qin dynasty, at or about 222 BC. However, its long history flourished as early as the Neolithic Age.
Yiwu County first came into being in the year 624 AD, Tang dynasty, then lasted for a good 1,300 years. Till in May 1988, the 1300-year-old Yiwu County was upgraded to a upper-level named Yiwu City.
The long history left this city enough good stories and cultures like martial arts, Wu opera, and a 300-year-old Da An Si Pagoda in Xiuhu park, which you’ll find interesting enough in some articles below.
Yiwu now has 716,000 local residents and over 1 million migrant workers, including around 40,000 foreigners from Korea, Mid-east, South America, and other parts of the world. The total population reaches 1.8 million.
After long years of living in Yiwu and sourcing from Yiwu market, many foreigners already take Yiwu as their second hometown and play more and more important roles in local community.
One thing that never happened in other China cities is that these businessmen can even take seats in Yiwu People’s Congress, to have their saying on Yiwu policy-making.
Yiwu Arabs – An article about how Yiwu Arabs, a larger population than Shanghai Arabs, working/trading and living in Yiwu.
Yiwu economy is one of the fastest growing ones in China after national opening-up. Something similar to Shenzhen. The streets, which were dirty and scattered with cow dungs 20 years go, now are packed with BMW7 series and Benz. More about Yiwu economy
Yiwu fair also contributes a lot to Yiwu’s economy success. Yiwu now is one of the Top 10 exhibition cities in China. Yiwu market guide also offers a One Stop Service for Yiwu Fair 2010.
Yiwu now has a 4C grade airport carries over a dozen air routes to Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shantou, Changsha. This airport even had HK-Yiwu direct flights for several months last year. The facilities are qualified for international flights.
Hongkong to Yiwu non-stop flight is carried yearly.
Yiwu train station is one of the most advanced medium-sized train stations in China.
At present, trains depart from Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Nanjing and some other large and medium-sized cities can reach Yiwu directly every day.
More than 60 train departing from Hangzhou to Yiwu each day, and you can go to Hangzhou directly from almost all big cities of China by train.
Express trains from Shanghai just needs two hours to get to Yiwu.
Xiuhu Lake Park, Yiwu Riverside Park, Yiwu Wetland Park are my three recommendations. They’re all inside the city and very easy to go.
See them on Yiwu Sightseeing
Yiwu International Trade City is also an AAAA national scenery spot. More details are on Yiwu International Trade City
Here are some nice Yiwu Photos
Yiwu Restaurants, like its commodity wholesales, are rich in variety. Islamic restaurants, Korean restaurants, Indian restaurants, Brazilian restaurants, Japanese restaurants… all run by people from their own countries, not by Chinese.
Of course there are also plenty of traditional Chinese restaurants and Western restaurants. And you’ll also have to try some REAL Yiwu food. Explore more of Yiwu Restaurant today!
People chose camphor tree as the city tree at the 11th Yiwu People’s Congress on July 30, 2002.According to Yiwu government, there are one over 1000-year-old, four over 800-year-old, 103 over 200-year-old, and over one thousand 100-year-old camphor trees in Yiwu.
The ever greenness of camphor tree symbolizes flourish and forever prosperity. Yiwu peopel love that.
Yiwu has a long history and outstanding technology of growing China roses.
Colorful China roses are blossoming all year round, which also symbolizes long-lasting prosperity.
They are widely planted and loved by Yiwu people.
Yiwu markets made Yiwu famous in China in the last 30 years. Yiwu international trade city made Yiwu famous around the world in the last 8 years. However, Yiwu Martial Arts has kept Yiwu famous in China for more than a thousand years.
Wu Opera also known as Jinhua Opera, is one of the oldest operas (has a 400-year history) in China. The earliest days of Wu opera can be traced back to Ming Dynasty（AD1386-AD1683). The name originated from Wuzhou, the former name of Jinhua.