Dounan Flowers Market
The favorable climatic and geographical conditions enable Dounan Village of Kunming to become the biggest flower wholesale market in China. The epicenter of China’s flower markets, Dounan Flower Market is home to over 200 species of over 3 million flowers with the daily turnover reaching as high as 2.5 million RMB, which boasts of being the biggest flower market in Asia.
Over 20 big companies, such as Yunnan Airlines, purchase flowers from Dounan Flower Market on a large scale, and millions of flowers are airlifted daily to over 10 domestic cities, such as Beijing and Shanghai, as well as Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand.
More than 500 florist shops are available in the Trading Hall of the market, where you can not only see local flower species, such as roses and water lilies, but you can appreciate exotic flowers like moth orchids, forget-me-nots, African daisies, open-herding and carnations, and they drench the air with an enchanting fragrance.
Compared with the other flower markets of China, the flower price is considerably lower in Dounan Flower Market, where you can buy a bunch of carnations for 2 or 3 RMB. It’s really enjoyable just strolling along the flower ocean and appreciating the colorful flowers.
The flower fad of Dounan Village stimulates travel agencies to design flower hometown tours for visitors, making it a relaxing venue for the locals and foreigners alike.
For those who are interested in knowing the flower auction process in the market, you’re expected to be there before 3 o’clock in the morning while the trading is in full swing, and most flower vendors pull up their stakes and get out of there before lunchtime.
Location: Yingbin Avenue, Dounan Village, Chenggong County, Kunming; 18 kilometers from Kunming
Opening Hours: all day long
I updated this article on September 27, 2013
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