Yiwu is a major shopping destination in China. This is a historic city, established around 222 BC, with a population that exceeds 1.2 million. Today, Yiwu offers you a rich shopping experience, along with a selection of various sights and sounds. The top attractions of this destination include Xiuhu Park, Yiwu Paradise, and Yiwu Sea World.
Prepare yourself then to discover this exciting city, because cheap flights to Yiwu are now available for a limited period! This destination is home to the Yiwu Airport (YIW), which is a 20-minute drive from the city centre. This international airport serves a multitude of airline companies, including the national flag carrier, Air China, and China Southern Airlines. Popular flights to Yiwu departing from Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth are now available.
Popular flights to Yiwu
* Please note that the prices are subject to availability and block out dates do apply over peak season.
Why visit Yiwu
A Shopping Haven
Yiwu boasts a wealth of lively markets and a variety of shops. Explore them all, and collect some exciting souvenirs.
Like most Chinese cities, Yiwu includes historical attractions dating back more than a century!
Inspire your creativity at the selection of natural attractions available throughout Yiwu.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
1 ZAR = 1.53 CNY
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Best time to visit Yiwu
The best time to go to Yiwu is during the summer (July – August). The temperature may reach the mid-30s, but there will be less tourists, guaranteeing you more availability and cheaper hotel rates. Make sure to bring light clothing, a hat and plenty of sunscreen. Another good time to visit to ensure you get more availability is from January to February (winter), although the temperature during January can descend to 2°C. If you visit during this time, you’d better pack thicker clothing. The periods during other parts of the year are when fairs, markets and shows take place, which draw the highest volume of tourists. This will, of course, reduce availability and cause hotel rates to rise.
Weather & Climate in Yiwu
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The city of Yiwu is a shopping paradise with large areas for lively markets. This beautiful destination also has a collection of historic and natural attractions, guaranteeing you a memorable holiday in the Far East.
The diverse shopping experience that Yiwu offers includes the Yiwu International Trade City, Huangyuan Market and Binwang Market.
Be sure to visit the Tomb of Luo Binwang, one of the greatest poets during the time of the Tang Dynasty. The Octagon Hall of Huangshan, meanwhile, includes carvings that are more than 190 years old!
Stimulate your creativity at Xiuhu Lake Park, which has lovely trees, hills, winding streams, and bridges. Another star attractions of the city is Yiwu Sea World, which has displays on over 1000 types of marine organisms.
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South Africans will need a Visa to enter China. Make sure you have enough time for Visa processing. In addition, check that your passport will be valid for six months after your return date, and that it has at least two blank pages left for stamps.
The closest South African Consulate to Yiwu is the South African Consulate-General in Shanghai.
Address: 27th Floor, Room 2705/5, 222 Yan An Road East, Shanghai, 200002
Phone: + 86 21 5359 4977
Fax: + 86 21 6335 2980
The CDC recommends that all travellers receive all their routine vaccinations four to six weeks before travelling to China. Some travellers may need additional vaccinations against diseases such as hepatitis A and B, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, rabies and malaria.
Travellers should be cautious while in Yiwu. Petty crime is a common problem worldwide, so make sure your valuables are secure and out of sight. Do not go out alone at night.
Meal (inexpensive restaurant)
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught)
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Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)
A wide array of hotels are available throughout Yiwu, some of which are close to the airport. Many include features such as pools, restaurants, bars, gyms, free breakfast, meeting facilities and more. The cost of staying at one of these establishments ranges from over ¥100 to over ¥500. The most popular options include Kasion International Hotel, Yiwu European Hotel, Best Western Premier Ocean Hotel, and Futian Business Hotel.
The two chief options for travel around Yiwu are bus and taxi.
There are 50 bus lines in the city, 28 of them running in the city centre, while the rest operate between the urban area and the towns surrounding it.
The taxis in Yiwu are mainly green and blue. For the first 2 kilometres, it will cost you over ¥7, while you will have to pay less than ¥3 for each additional kilometre. If your journey is more than 6 kilometres, the price per kilometre will change to less than ¥4. Should your journey take place between 23:00 and 05:00, 10% of the total price will be charged.