A popular draw for domestic travelers, the city of Yiwu boasts a moderate climate and a paradise for those who love to shop. Yiwu has been around since 222 BC, but it wasn’t until the late 1980s that it got its status as a city. In ancient times, this mountainous area was famous for attracting poets and academics who would ruminate and create on the shores of the Xiuhu Lake. This is still a popular place to be based, and a few luxury hotels in Yiwu are on the shores with a view of the lakeside pagoda.
Most visitors in Yiwu are here to visit the International Trade Market
, one of the biggest commodities markets in China. There is really no limit to what can be found, and the main network of markets covers an astonishing one million square meters. All of this buying and selling fosters a booming export market. Away from the shopping scene, there are only a few outright attractions that interest tourists. One of these is Luo Binwang Tomb, which honors a famous 7th-century poet. It was refurbished in the 1980s. Otherwise, Xuihu Park is a nice place to retire, and it has a few buildings that date to the early Ming Dynasty.
Accommodation is rather easy to find with many options located within the vicinity of the city’s markets. Served by Yiwu Airport
, the city and its sites are easily accessible. Be sure to check out the interactive map of Yiwu for information on hotel locations, attractions, and must-see destinations.