Saturday, May 19, 2007

Yiwu update

Hi everyone,
I spoke to the Program Director and Professor of the Management Class last night, and it looks like the trip to Yiwu is cancelled for good, mainly b/c of logistical reasons. The best way to get there is from Hangzhou, by taking a bus. But then, I am also told a car or a van would be handy to go from one wholesale place to the other, unless one goes there only for the market. If we do not have permission to use the van of NYU, who volunteers to drive up there?

Liu Jianhua's Yiwu Report/Proposal was on view at the Shanghai Biennial past Fall.

More of his works you can find here.
Some stats:
"Yiwu, 300 kilometers away from Shanghai, is the largest market of petty commodity wholesales in the world where various foreign buyers go to place orders."

It is a "world supermarket". 3,000 booths, 10 major exhibition halls, an exhibition area of 70,000 square meters, 1,700 participating enterprises from more than 20 foreign countries and 25 domestic provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions, 12,000 overseas merchants from 120 countries and regions� Such are the latest records created by the 2005 Yiwu International Commodities Fair (hereinafter abbreviated as Yiwu Fair).

At present, there live 1.6 million people in Yiwu city; but over a million people engaged in construction and business from outside live there year in and year out. Within this small city covering only 1,105 square kilometers, there are 6,000 permanent foreign merchants from more than 100 countries and regions in the world going there to stock commodities and 566 representative offices of overseas companies approved to be established there in Yiwu.

Usually, an army of over 200,000 purchasers send out commodities to 212 countries and regions at an average scale of more than 1,000 international standard containers there each day. In 2005, the trade volume of Yiwu exceeded US$20 billion with its container exports breaking through 400,000 each day.

Without an advantaged geographical location as well as abundant products, Yiwu's comprehensive development level ranked the 17th among the top 100 counties and cities and its urban competitiveness ranked the top among all county-level cities in Zhejiang in 2004. Its per capita GDP achieved US$5,000, its fiscal revenues RMB2.95 billion, and the per capita net incomes of rural residents there RMB6,969. More surprisingly, the possession volume of cars is 26 per hundred households.

Yiwu has developed its unique advantages. The over 100,000 dealers and 200,000 coming-and-going merchants in the market of petty commodities have constituted a huge selling group and a huge buying group respectively.

More here


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B h a v e s h said...


I came across your impressive class blog through the shanghart website. I'm actually a Product Design Student from Unitec in New Zealand and our current brief is to design something for middle class China!

I've been researching into art throughout the ages in China as i believe art can reflect on the values, times and trends of the time etc to help me predict a better design for today/tomorrow.

One of the approaches i may be taking is to design a public product for the transitional spaces/ times of journey. Example - from when you leave your apartment to when you get to work. During that time there!

It would be great if you could comment on my blog n give advice!

Kind regards,

B h a v e s h