One-Day Exploration of Yiwu International Trade Mart

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Yiwu International Trade Mart is the largest commodities wholesale market in the world. It consists of five districts with over 75,000 booths inside selling more than 1.8 million kinds of products. If you have a whole day’s free time during your Shanghai tour, it is highly suggested you set out a side trip from Shanghai to this wholesale market to search for some good stuff.

Firstly, you may take subway line 2 or 10 to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to take a high speed train to Yiwu. After less than 2 hours’ train ride, you will arrive at Yiwu Railway Station. Then, get on bus K802 or K801 at the parking lot in front of the train station to the Yiwu International Trade Mart.

When the whole day’s independent tour is over, reverse the trip to Yiwu Railway Station and then take a high speed train back to Shanghai.

Where to Find Desired Products in Yiwu International Trade Mart
District 1 1F: Flowers & Toys;
2F: Jewelry & Hair Ornaments;
3F: Furniture & Decorations;
4F: Crystal Ornament, Decorative Crafts, Outlet Stores;
5F: Festive Crafts & Embroideries
District 2 1F: Umbrellas, Packing Boxes, Bags & Suitcases;
2F: Hardware Fittings & Bicycles;
3F: Electronic Devices;
4F: Telecommunication Equipments & Small Household Appliances;
5F: Chains & Screws, Moulds
District 3 1F: Pens, Inks, Paper Articles, Glasses;
2F: Sports Goods & Office Supplies;
3F: Cosmetics, Zippers & Buttons;
4F: Garment Accessories & Beauty Products;
5F: Chinese New Year Paintings & Calendars
District 4 1F: Socks & Leggings;
2F: General Merchandise, Knitwear & Textiles;
3F: Shoes & Hats, Garment Accessories;
4F: Underwear & Belts;
5F: Ceramics, Paintings & Calligraphy Works
District 5 1F: Import Products & Pet Supplies;
2F: Bedding & Chinese Knot;
3F: Curtains & Knitted Fabrics;
4F: Automotive Supplies & Motorcycle Accessories;
5F: Adult Products & Graphic Design
Tips:

1. There are free tourism buses to help visitors shuttling among the five districts of Yiwu International Trade Mart.
2. You can have a simple meal in a restaurant inside the market, but it is suggested you have lunch at around 11:00 to avoid the peak meal time during 12:00~13:00.
3. Most booths inside the commodities market only do the wholesale business and products are usually sold at a budget price in this way. For backpackers, it is suggested to do the shopping in the Tourist Shopping Center inside the District 4. You can get in through the southern gate and climb upstairs to find the shopping center on the fifth floor.
4. If you are interested in the changes of the Yiwu Trade Mart along with the time, you may stop by an exhibition hall on the third floor of District 3.
5. You are suggested to ask for permission before taking pictures of these commodities.
6. Yiwu International Trade Mart covers an area of 5.5 square kilometers (2.1 square miles), so wearing a pair of comfortable shoes can be a wise decision.

Cost:
High Speed Train: Shanghai – Yiwu CNY 123 for a second-class seat
Bus K801 or K802 CNY 1.5

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