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Yiwu first became a county in 222 BC and was renamed Yiwu County in 624 AD. Trade has been historically important in Yiwu. Yiwu is the terminus for a number of long-distance international container trains. At 8,111 miles, the Yiwu-Madrid container train route is a long goods railway line. Shipping containers are transported along this route from China to Spain via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and France. In 2016, a similar route was inaugurated connecting Yiwu to Tehran, Iran.

From Yiwu, there are direct flights to the following major ports:

Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Fuzhou, Sanya, Xiamen, Kunming, Xian, Haikou, Shenyang and Nanjing.


All international travellers require visas to enter China, although Brunei and Singapore passport holders can enjoy visa-free access for up to 15 days.

Standard 30-day, single-entry visas can be issued in three to five working days at majority of the Chinese embassies and must be used within three months of the date of issue. Longer visas are often more difficult to obtain.

For further details, please consult with your travel agent, China International Travel Service, China Travel Service or any Chinese embassy or consulate.

View visa requirements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China


Chinese currency is known as renminbi (RMB). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels and shopping malls. Cash and travellers cheques can be exchanged in licensed exchange offices and international hotels.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

RMB 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.21 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.13 Euro (EUR)
0.11 British Pound (GBP)
1.18 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
11.22 Indian Rupee (INR)
15.80 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.22 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.2 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.15 US Dollar (USD)


All hotel services (such as accommodation, food and beverage, spa etc.) and their related service charge will be subject to tax at the prevailing rates.


Many high-end and mid-range restaurants include their own service charge, which varies between establishments. Officially, tipping is considered inappropriate and is discouraged.

Business Hours

Bank Hours
8.30am – 5.30pm (Mondays to Saturdays)

Office Hours
8.30am – 5.30pm (Mondays to Fridays)

Shop Hours
9.30am – 10pm

Public Health

Visitors entering China are required to complete a health declaration form. Check with your local doctor or health care professional about vaccination requirements while planning your trip.

The hotel recommends that you drink only boiled or bottled water during your stay in Yiwu. Bottled drinking water is available in every room and is replenished daily.


Dress is generally informal, but a suit and tie are appropriate for social, diplomatic or government events.

Lightweight clothing is sufficient for the spring and summer months. A sweater or pullover is recommended during autumn. Winter requires heavy clothing, including coats, hats and gloves.


Yiwu has a humid, subtropical climate ranging from very warm during the summer (26°C to 32°C / 79°F to 90°F) to cold during the winter (-3°C to 8°C / 37°F to 41°F). Significant rain falls in the province in May and June, but slows to a drizzle the rest of the year.

Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 8 2
Feb 9 4
Mar 13 7
Apr 19 13
May 24 18
Jun 27 21
Jul 32 25
Aug 31 25
Sep 26 20
Oct 22 15
Nov 16 9
Dec 11 3


Mandarin and English

Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours


220 volts

Plug Type

Mobile Phones
GSM 900/1800/1900