Fly To Yiwu, China
Yiwu’s claim to fame is that it’s the foremost producer of fashion jewellery in China. A less glamorous moniker is ‘sock town’; as it produces in excess of three billion socks for western companies such as Wal-Mart, Pringle and Disney.
The city is renowned for being a shopping paradise and large areas of it accommodate pulsating markets – this is all part of the tourist charm of Yiwu. For a shopping experience of a different kind, Yiwu International Trade City, Huangyuan Market and Binwang Market are excellent destinations.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders travelling to Yiwu do need a Visa for China. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and remember to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Consulate to Yiwu is the South African Consulate-General in Shanghai. 27th Floor, Room 2705/5, 222 Yan An Road East, Shanghai, 200002. Phone: + 86 21 5359 4977.
See and do
A great place to soak up some culture and history is at the Tomb of Luo Binwang. Luo Binwang was one of the greatest poets during the time of the Tang Dynasty and his tomb sits among peaceful evergreen pines and cypresses.
Xiuhu Lake Park features many attractions to capture the attention of visitors. A major feature of the facility is the lake itself, while the buildings in the park are designed along the architectural styles of the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is said that many poets have been inspired by the natural ambience of the site which boasts of colourful trees, man-made hills, winding bridges and streams.
Octagon Hall of Huangshan finds itself on the list of must see attractions in Yiwu. It is located in the Huangshan Village and its architecture integrates various styles and designs. The construction began in 1813, while carvings in the hall are more than 190 years old.
Yiwu Sea World earns its place among the star attractions in the city and this world class conservation facility is unique to China. The beauty and mystery of the sea and over 1000 types of marine organisms are proudly showcased thanks to advanced media technology and creative displaying techniques. The facility comprises the Tropic Rainforest Zone, Coral & Marine Life Zone, Marine Animals’ Performance Zone, Deep Ocean Tunnel, Sea Happy Playhouse, and Scientific Experience Zone.
Yiwu International Trade City houses fifteen thousand booths and an extensive range of items can be found here. Local handicrafts, sporting goods, electronic equipment and hardware are just some of the different products on sale.
Yiwu Airport – YIW
Yiwu Airport (code YIW) serves Yiwu and Jinhua in Zhejiang Province, China. The airport is located just over 5km form the centre of Yiwu.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to Yiwu Airport authorities.
Airport Hotels: There is no hotel on site. Hotels in close proximity to the airport include Bali Yating Hotel, Kingdom Narada Grand, Yuejia Business Hotel.