It's a business city in China. This tells it all. Don't expect easy transportation, cleanliness and educated people, but Yiwu has a huge foreigners community and it's fun on a Saturday night to hit MBox Bar or Latinos Bar in Xiuhu Guangchang.
Arrange your transportation from the airport/train station as early as you can and avoid the taxis. TAXIS IN YIWU ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE AND THEY REALLY STEAL YOUR MONEY FOR SHORT DRIVES. STAY AWAY!
A dirty, noisy city, the people are not friendly at all, the men are rude. The air is polluted, but if you have to do business in Yiwu then stay at the Mansion International or Best Western, about the best of the hotels.
It is all about Futian International Trade center. Business Platform for all business people n enterpreneurs who like to seek opportunity to invest and buy local products in bulk and resell them in your own country.
my first time to Yiwu and it's a disappointing trip, you see alot of premium cars on the street, well! they are alot of rich people around, you will not expect people here to be friendly.
Doing business here is even worst, you as a customer will have to abide to their terms and conditions, not retail, no sample. These people here are rich and it's always difficult to do business with the rich.
Yiwu is international trade city, other than purchasing goods for business, nothing much. other sightseeing attraction is quite far from yiwu, like Dongyang, 45 minutes away, Hangzhou, 1.
5 hours away. In yiwu, there a lot of illegal taxi, negotiate price before hopping in. After so many trips to Yiwu, just discovered dining in big restaurant does not mean expensive, sometimes price can be cheaper than open air restaurant.
Unlike many Chinese cities, Yiwu does not have a native industry unique to it (ie., electronics in Shenzhen, or oil in Gansu), nor is it strategically located like Shanghai or Guangzhou.
But it has made its name by being adept at trading. Essentially, Yiwu merchants buy in bulk from the rest of China, then transship it to port cities like Guangzhou or Tianjin, for export to other countries. The city is full of luxury European brands like BMW and Audi, and the occasional Porsche and Ferrari, but I find it soulless. It exists only to do business and little else. The city itself is unremarkable, and quite very dusty. You can see this from the film of light brown dust that seems to cover everything outdoors. Stay outside long enough, and you will be able to dust off the fluffy dirt on your clothes by 5pm. Which means the air is quite unsafe as well. Large particulates in the air are never healthy no matter if they're chemical or not. I'd say Yiwu is quite cosmopolitan in that it's seen its fair share of foreigners coming to do business, but its heydays are behind it. The rise of e-commerce websites like Alibaba has largely done away with the need to wade through endless square feet of merchandising space, and now Yiwu's Futian International Trade Mall, although still managing to survive, is a shell of what it once was. If you're going to China to do business on a small to medium scale, Yiwu is not a bad place to start. But get in, find a good logistics company to ship your goods out, then get the hell out, as fast as you can. If you're looking for a leisurely trip in China, there are tons more cities where you can do that; Yiwu is not the place for you.
This city is small but big to the world for trading. Quality and quantity maybe a hindrance to many consumers but still worth sourcing for goods continuously here.
YIWU if you want to find cheap goods and don't care about quality then just come YIWU. You will find a lot of cheap stuffs but the quality won't be that good.
bottom line, only business travelers looking out at wholesale market Futian goes to this city. Otherwise, the city is a mess, not the best place for travelers.
For business it's a very good place as it has world's largest small commodities market ; but if u want to o and seek fun then be prepared to get ripped off;
I arrived by train from Hangzhou. The supplier I met with had a car pick me up. Took about 30-45 minutes to get to the hotel which was in the City Center
Yiwu is the best place that offers good variety of products for exports from clothing and fashion to other manufacturing lines at very competitive prices.
There is nothing in Yiwu except the Yiwu wholesale market, so if you are not on a business trip then its hard to spend time there.
The yiwu wholesale market is indeed very nice and very huge, you need atleast 3/4 days to cover the whole market
you can find many different kinds of products in the market, such as hair accessories, mirror.. etc, good for merchandising.
however, the hotel is poor, the hygene is poor, the serice is also poor. I will not book this hotel anymore.
I stayed in Yiwu for 3 days and 2 nights and i think have not shop enough. There is no tourist sightseeing spots but shop.
I will basically said Yiwu is best for shopping but be prepared that some dont sell piece by piece but in bulk and some of the sellers are rude.
Like another small city in China, Yiwu has nothing fancy to offer except it is well know for shopping small commodities.
Yiwu is renowned as a shopping paradise for small commodities. The flourishing markets which take up a large area of the city should not be missed. It provides a different kind of tour experience, for it is a composite of shopping and sightseeing. The International Trade City here which makes up the China's Commodities Trade City with Huangyuan Market and Binwang Market presents you with the city's unique vigor. This is an excellent place to purchase souvenirs for you and your relatives and friends.
The city is very much dog eat dog; every man for himself and this can be depressing to see how selfish the locals are.
Driving etiquette is non-existent, constant blasting of car horns is the norm and the overall city has you feeling the people are ferral. Beggars are everywhere and once you get out of your hotel the city is dirty, noisy and unattractive. For me Yiwu is strictly a necessity for business only.
Yiwu is a progressive city of trading. From the highway you will find truckloads of commodities boxed for deliveries.
Everyone seemed to be in business. Many foreigners come to Yiwu to buy products to be sold to their own countries. Good thing with Yiwu is that you can buy several commodities in smaller quantity unlike in Guangzhou, where you have to but in minimum order quantity of 1,000 to 3000 pieces or more. yiwu is a small commodity market place.
The main attraction is the Futian International Trade Mall where goods are sold wholesale. Good for business people.
There are no good and clean restaurants in the Trade Mall. The food courts there are quite dirty. Tables are not cleaned properly. Rubbish all over the floor.
Yiwu is for business people who want to buy products in wholesale. Many parts of the city are dark during nightfall.
Only reliable restaurant in the city is KFC and PizzaHut. Chinese food store are small, and most of the time, dirty.
This place is only good for business, but not good for vacation.
Yiwu attracted a lot of middle east ,africa and Asia businessman to source for more competitive prices of goods.
You can find a lot of food in different type at the night market. The price is cheap and the size is enough.
You will be enjoy at the market.
City is not too orderly, cars & public transport are driven in a chaotic manner, much like a lawless town.
Food choices are aplenty, and you can try out various types of food from diff provinces of China. Shopping is quite ok, with various affordable shopping spots, such as the night market, the underground mall etc.
Yiwu is a nice place but only for business. Its a small town so there is no places for traveler to visit.
yiwu is not that perfect as i thought, its just an ordinary wholesale market. i dont recomend visit yiwu.
i rather prefer go online is far more worth wasting time, money, energy travel for nothing. i will never go yiwu anymore in this future.
Futuna market is the only one of main attraction on Yiwu, Night market is also big in the heart of city
Yiwu is an international trade center. The shopping is great and there are many excellent restaurants.
The people are very kind and friendly. The railway station is in a very inconvenient location but it is very nice. You can take a bullet train to Shanghai and lots of other places at low fares.