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Yiwu City Guide: The Best Place to Find Wholesale Products in China

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yiwu city guide

Yiwu, a relatively unknown city, is actually the origin of many items you probably own. With Christmas around the corner, Yiwu’s significance grows even more. In fact, Yiwu Customs data from 2019 shows that the city is responsible for nearly 80% of the world’s Christmas decorations, which is truly amazing!
In this Yiwu City Guide article, we’ll take you on a journey to explore this fascinating city.

Introduction to Yiwu City and Its History

Yiwu is a bustling city in the central part of Zhejiang Province, with around 2 million people. Known as the “World’s Small Commodities Capital,” Yiwu has a long history of being a hub for wholesale trading. Its rich cultural heritage can be traced back to the Neolithic Age, and it has been an important trading center since ancient times due to its strategic location on the Silk Road. Today, Yiwu is famous for its vast wholesale markets and is a go-to destination for international traders looking to source various products at competitive prices. With over 75,000 suppliers and 1.8 million products across 26 different categories, Yiwu’s market attracts buyers worldwide looking for everything from jewelry to stationery to electronics.

Yiwu Market Overview

Yiwu International Trade Market is the largest wholesale market in the world, covering an area of over 5.5 million square meters with an impressive number of more than 75,000 vendors. The market is divided into five districts, each with its specialty; District 1 is home to jewelry and accessories, district 2 is for electronic devices, lamps, hardware, and kitchenware tools, district 3 is for daily necessities, district 4 is for home goods, district 5 is for textiles.
The market offers a wide range of products, including home goods, toys, electronics, clothing, and more. With its vast selection of products and competitive prices, Yiwu International Trade Market is a popular destination for wholesale traders worldwide.
yiwu international trade market
  • District 1

District 1 officially opened in October 2002. With a construction area of 340,000 square meters and there are more than 10,000 booths.

1st Floor: Flowers, Toys;

2nd Floor: Hair Accessories;

3rd Floor: Craft Gifts;

4th Floor: Marketing Center for Small and Medium Production Enterprises,  Taiwanese Hall.

  • District 2

District 2 was opened in October 2004, with a construction area of more than 600,000 square meters and a total of more than 8,000 booths.

1st Floor: Luggage, Umbrellas, Bags;

2nd Floor: Hardware Tools and Accessories, Electrical Products, Padlocks, vehicles;

3rd Floor: Hardware, Kitchenware, Small Household Appliances, Telecommunication Equipment, Electronic Instruments, Clocks & Watches;

4th Floor: Manufacturer Direct Sales Center, Hong Kong Hall, Korean Hall, etc;

5th Floor: Foreign Trade Procurement Services Center;

  • District 3

The construction area of District 3 is more than 460,000 square meters. There are more than 6,000 standard booths of 14 square meters on the first to the third floor, more than 600 business booths of 80-100 square meters on the fourth to the fifth floor, and more than 650 exhibition halls above 50 square meters.

  • District 4

District 4 was opened in October 2008, with a construction area of 1.08 million square meters and more than 16,000 booths.

First floor: Socks;

Second Floor: Daily Necessities, Gloves, Hats;

Third Floor: Footwear, Lace Materials, Ties, Wool, Towels, etc.;

Fourth Floor: Bras, Belts, Scarves.

  • District 5

District 5 has a construction area of 640,000 square meters and more than 7,000 shops.

They mainly engage in imported goods, bedding, textiles, knitting raw materials, automotive supplies, and accessories.

Annual Exhibitions in Yiwu

Yiwu is home to several annual exhibitions that attract visitors from around the world. The biggest of these is the Yiwu International Commodities Fair, which takes place every October at the International Exhibition Center. This fair showcases goods from tens of thousands of Chinese factories and is a great place to find new products and suppliers. In addition to the Yiwu International Commodities Fair, there are more than 150 other exhibitions held in Yiwu each year, covering a wide range of industries and interests. Some of the most popular exhibitions include the China Yiwu International Forest Products Fair, the China Yiwu Cultural Products Trade Fair, and the China Yiwu International Exhibition on Knitting & Hosiery Machinery.

  • China Yiwu International Commodities Fair

Among all the exhibitions in Yiwu every year, the most popular one is the China Yiwu International Commodities Fair which is held every October; we call it the “Yiwu Fair” as well.

The Yiwu Fair was founded in 1995. It is an international exhibition for daily consumer goods approved by the State Council. It is hosted by the government and is held in Yiwu every October. It has been successfully held for 27 consecutive sessions and has become the largest daily consumer goods exhibition in China, also known as the” Mini Canton Fair”.

Exhibiting industries: Hardware Tools, Construction Hardware, Daily Necessities, Office Products, Mechanical, and Electrical Machinery, Clothing and Hat Knitting, Toys, Craft Accessories, Electronic Appliances, Sports and Outdoor Leisure Products.

The 28th China Yiwu International Commodities Fair will be held from October 21 to 24, 2022 in Yiwu International Expo Center.

  • China Yiwu Cultural and Tourism Products Trade Fair

China Yiwu Cultural and Tourism Products Trade Fair was founded in 1998. It covers Cultural and Tourism Creative Products and Designing Services, Smart Tourism Services, Creative Tourism Commodities, Consumer Cultural Products, Tourism Equipment Supplies, Holiday Consumer Products, Outdoor Leisure Products, Tourism and Holiday Foods, Handicraft Gifts, and Household Items.

The 2022 China Yiwu Cultural and Tourism Products Trade Fair will be held from June 11 to 13, 2022 at Yiwu International Expo Center.

  • China Yiwu International Hardware & Electrical Appliances Fair

China Yiwu International Hardware & Electrical Appliances Fair was founded in 2015, it is the only professional exhibition platform for the hardware and electrical industry in Yiwu. The exhibition is hosted by Zhejiang China Commodity City Group.

Exhibit Industries:

Hardware Tools: manual/electric tools/pneumatic tools, general accessories, automobile and motorcycle tools (accessories), garden tools, measuring instruments, knives, labor insurance supplies, etc.

Construction Hardware: plumbing equipment, sanitary ware, construction equipment, decoration hardware, door and window accessories, valves, standard fasteners, locks, fire equipment, anti-theft equipment, etc.

Labor Protection Supplies: helmets, respiratory protective gear, protective tools, protective shoes, clothing, ordinary work clothes, labor insurance shoes, etc.

Electronic Appliances: large and small home appliances, lamps and lanterns, plugs and sockets, shavers, clocks, instruments, intelligent lighting control, mobile power, digital products, etc.

The 6th China Yiwu International Hardware & Electrical Appliances Fair will be held from June 16 to 18, 2022 at the Yiwu International Expo Center.

  • China Yiwu International Forest Products Fair

China Yiwu International Forest Products Fair was founded in 2008, sponsored by the government, and has been successfully held for 14 sessions. The Forest Fair is a green, low-carbon, and environmentally friendly exhibition, also known as the “Forestry Canton Fair”.

Exhibiting Industries: Furniture and Accessories, Wood and Bamboo Handicrafts, Wood Structure and Decoration Materials, Wood and Bamboo Daily Necessities, Forest Food, Tea Products, Flower Gardening, Forestry Equipment, and Technology.

The 15th Forest Expo will be held on November 1-4, 2022 at Yiwu International Expo Center.

  • China Yiwu Imported Commodities Fair

Founded in 2012, Yiwu Imported Commodities Fair is a professional exhibition platform for imported daily consumer goods.

The 2020 import exhibition has five themed pavilions: The Quality Life Pavilion (Wine & Coffee), the Asia Pavilion, the Europe Pavilion, and the United States, Africa & Friendship City Exchange Pavilion. Exhibits come from 78 countries and regions around the world, including 41 countries and regions along the Belt and Road, including Russia, Poland, Greece, TURKEY, Sri Lanka, etc.

  • Some Other Trade Fairs

China Yiwu Fashion Hair Products and Salon Supplies Exhibition / 2022.5.8-5.10

Yiwu International EC Fair / 2022.6.21

Yiwu Kitchen and Bathroom Facilities Exhibition / 2022.8.8

China YiwuAuto and Motorcycle Parts Exhibition / 2022.10.21

How to Get to Yiwu

Yiwu is a popular destination for business travelers and tourists. It is easily accessible by air, train, or bus. If you are coming from overseas, the best way to get to Yiwu is by flying to Hangzhou International Airport, about 130 kilometers away. Once you arrive at the airport, you can take a taxi or a bus to Yiwu. Alternatively, you can take a high-speed train from major cities like Shanghai, Guangzhou, or Beijing, bringing you to Yiwu Railway Station. If you prefer to travel by bus, you can take a direct bus from Shanghai or Hangzhou to Yiwu. Once you arrive in Yiwu, using taxis or public transportation to navigate the city is recommended. Taxis are widely available and relatively cheap, and some buses can also take you to different parts of the city. Having your destination written in Chinese characters is advisable to make communication with the driver easier。

Climate in Yiwu

Yiwu has a subtropical monsoon climate with four distinct seasons. The annual average temperature is around 17°C. The summers are hot, oppressive, wet, and mostly cloudy, while the winters are very cold and partly cloudy. The hottest month is July, with an average temperature of 29°C, and the coldest month is January, with an average temperature of 4°C. The city receives abundant rainfall, especially during the summer months, which can lead to occasional flooding.  If you’re planning to visit Yiwu, you should be prepared for the heat and humidity during the summer months, and bring appropriate clothing and gear to stay comfortable. The best time to go is in the spring or autumn when the weather is mild and pleasant.

Tips for Shopping in Yiwu

If you’re planning to go shopping in Yiwu, China, there are some tips you should keep in mind to make the most out of your experience.
First, be sure to negotiate with vendors to get the best prices. Bargaining is common in Yiwu, and vendors often expect customers to haggle over prices. To negotiate successfully, be polite and respectful, but don’t be afraid to walk away if you can’t agree on a price.
Additionally, it’s important to identify high-quality products and avoid scams. Take your time to examine products carefully before making a purchase, and be wary of deals that seem too good to be true.
Finally, if you plan on making large purchases, it’s a good idea to manage your logistics carefully. Consider hiring a shipping agent or sourcing agent to help you navigate the complexities of international shipping and customs procedures. With these tips in mind, you can have a successful shopping trip to Yiwu and come away with some great bargains.

Nightlife in Yiwu

Yiwu offers a vibrant nightlife scene for locals and visitors alike. From bustling night markets and street food stalls to live music venues and trendy nightclubs, there is no shortage of entertainment options to explore after the sun sets. The most popular nightlife area is the Exotic Street, which is home to a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and clubs. You can go to Arab restaurants to smoke shisha, enjoy the disco KTV bars, or go to a leisure place to get a massage. Some of the most popular bars and nightclubs in Yiwu include the Means Club and the 88 Club, which is one of the biggest nightclubs in Yiwu.

  • Binwang Night Market: a Must-see Night Market in Yiwu!

Binwang Night Market is also called Santing Road Night Market because the road where the night market is located is called Santing Road. Binwang Night Market is the largest night market in Yiwu, where you can find clothes, shoes, hats, accessories, and household items, and you can also feel the joy of bargaining. Tired of shopping, you can sit down and taste the local snacks in Yiwu.

Opening Hours: 6 pm – 3 am

Address: No. 19, Santing Road, Yiwu City

  • Old Train 1970 Cultural and Creative Park

The predecessor of the Cultural and Creative Park is the old railway station in Yiwu and the factory buildings and warehouses built around 1970. After the renovation, the usable area is about 40,000 square meters. After the renovation, the old factory buildings have become fashionable restaurants, design studios, book bars, and other stores. Each store integrates innovation into retro, recording the historical footprint of an era.

This is also a place for Internet celebrities to check in. At night here, there are various bars, restaurants, and book bars, which are very atmospheric.

Address: No. 135, Chengzhong North Road

  • A’Lian Massage

After a tiring day’s itinerary, if you want to experience self-cultivation in China, we recommend you to go to A’Lian Massage. It has more than a dozen chain stores in Yiwu, the earliest established in 1998. There are many professional massage therapists.

Business hours: 12:00-02:00

  • Means Bar

Means Club is the most famous and the best club in Yiwu, it attracts many local and foreign friends. It opens at 20:30. Each cup of beer and cocktail in the club is around RMB40. At about 21:30 there will be dancing shows. You’d better to make a reservation in advance because it’s really hot.

Address: 4F, No.218 Binwang Road

Opening Hours: 20:30-02:00

Address: 4th Floor, International Building, No. 218, Binwang Road

Where to Stay in Yiwu

If you’re planning a trip to Yiwu, and wondering where to stay, we recommend the Shangri-La HotelBest Western Premier HotelMarriott Hotel, and Wanda Realm Hotel. Each of these hotels offers luxurious guestrooms, fine dining outlets, and great amenities. Whether you’re looking for a hotel in the heart of Yiwu or one that’s located in the central business district, there’s something for everyone.

shangrila hotel - yiwu

Shangri-la Hotel

Located in Yiwu World Trade Center, right near Yiwu International Market. About 1 minute’s drive / 5 minute’s walk to the market.

best western hotel - yiwu moer sourcing

Best Western Premier Hotel

Located centrally in International Trade Market, the hotel is connected to the International Trade Market.

marriot hotel - yiwu

Yiwu Marriott Hotel

Located in the CBD of Yiwu, in front of the hotel, is International Market, a 3-4 minute walk to the market. The Futian wetland is nearby.

wanda Realm hotel - yiwu

Wanda Realm Hotel

Located in fashionable and prosperous Wanda Plaza, 7.5 miles from Yiwu International Trade Market.

Attractions in and around Yiwu

Yiwu is a beautiful city with many attractions to explore. Some of the most popular attractions in and around Yiwu include the Fotang Ancient TownYiwu Xiuhu ParkYiwu International Trade City, and Yiwu Museum. Each of these attractions offers a unique experience and is definitely worth a visit.
  • Fotang Ancient Town
Fotang Ancient Town, Xitang Ancient Town, Wuzhen, and Anchang Ancient Town are listed as the four ancient towns in Zhejiang. Many of the existing important historical buildings and traditional houses in Fotang Ancient Town were mostly built in the Qing Dynasty and the early Republic of China. You can still see traces of its prosperity in the ancient town on the dazzling corbels, window lattices, brick carvings, and stone carvings. There is also the old street of the Buddha Hall, which is worth visiting. Now there are many shops along the street, but it still retains the pattern of storefronts downstairs and residences upstairs. The wooden doors and low counters can be seen everywhere, giving people a kind of illusion of going back in time. Address: Yiwu Fotang Ancient Town
  • Hengdian World Studio – China’s Hollywood
hengdian world studio Hengdian World Studios is the world’s largest film & TV base with the greatest concentration of industry factors, a National AAAAA Tourist Attraction, and the largest film and TV tourism theme park cluster in China. Hengdian World Studio is affiliated with Hengdian Group, a super-large private enterprise in China. Since the construction of Guangzhou Street for shooting The Opium War in 1996, Hengdian World Studios has been built with more than twenty film & TV shooting bases (scenic spots) spanning thousands of years of history, including Qin Palace, Qingming Shanghe Tu, Ming and Qing Palatial Garden, Dream Valley, Dream Bund, Sunny Spring Valley, and New Yuanmingyuan Palace, with over 40 hotels covering five-star hotels and economy hotels with over 10,000 guest rooms.
Palace of Ming and Qing Dynasties

Palace of Ming and Qing Dynasties

It is a shooting site for TV series set in the Qing Dynasty. The Palace of Ming and Qing Dynasties truthfully reproduces the government buildings, shops, and imperial palaces of Yenching at different times in history by referring to the architectural style of imperial palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. This is where hot films and TV were filmed.

Qing Ming Shang He Tu

Qing Ming Shang He Tu

“A glance at the painting brings you back to thousands of years ago”. Based on Along the River During the Qingming Festival, a masterpiece by painter Zhang Zeduan in the Song Dynasty, Qing Ming Shang He Tu is built by combining the social background, folk customs, and folk living style of the Northern Song Dynasty and the ancient architectural characteristics of the Song Dynasty.

The Palace of Emperor Qin

The Palace of Emperor Qin

It is a shooting site for blockbuster films, representing the magnificent imperial palace of the Qin Empire. The Palace of Emperor Qin was built in 1997 for filming The Emperor and the Assassin by director Chen Kaige with the Xianyang Palace, the main palace of the imperial palace of the Qin Dynasty, as its prototype.

Guangzhou Street HK Street

Guangzhou Street & Hongkong Street

It is an immersive destination for film and TV-themed vacations. It was built for shooting the film ‘The Opium War’ directed by Xie Jin in 1996, marking the start of Hengdian World Studios. Representing the scenes of Guangzhou and Hong Kong around 1840, it became a popular filming place for spy dramas and dramas about the War of Resistance Against Japan.

Dream Vally

Dream Vally

A large-scale night film & TV experience theme park. Consists of Dream Culture Village, Aquatic World, Children’s Dream Works, Jiangnan Water Town, and Dreamy Dolphin Bay. It is a must-go summer aquatic park enjoying a variety of recreation facilities and mainly displaying natural phenomenon such as volcano outbreaks and torrential rain and the natural landscape.

The Dream Bund

The Dream Bund

The Dream Bund(Trial Operation)Film & TV Theme Park takes old Shanghai from the 1930s to the 1940s as a prototype to restore the old style of the metropolis infested with foreign merchants in old Shanghai. It is a branded theme scenic area integrating film and TV culture theme parks, filming services, resort hotels, and comprehensive services.

Xin Yuanmingyuan

Xin Yuanmingyuan

New Yuanmingyuan was built at a scale of 84% against the original Old Summer Palace in Beijing, with essence at its peak period retained and serves as a magnificent cultural park integrating the western art of gardening, Chinese culture, and diversified cultures of the world.

Dazhi Temple

Dazhi Temple

Dazhi Temple was built during the Southern Liang Dynasty over 1,500 years ago (AD 502-557) and restored in January 1994. Dazhi Temple is listed as the shooting base of an acrobatic fighting film in Hengdian World Studios.


Visitors to Yiwu are advised to plan their trip in advance and research the market they wish to visit, as the sheer size of the city and its market can be overwhelming. It is recommended to engage the services of a local agent or translator to help navigate the market and negotiate prices.
In conclusion, Yiwu’s reputation as the largest wholesale market in the world is well-deserved, and it continues to attract visitors from all over the globe looking for quality products at competitive prices. With its vibrant market culture, efficient logistics network, and abundance of products, Yiwu is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to source wholesale products from China.
We hope you found this guide helpful and informative.

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