Photo shows packed flowers at the Dounan Flower Market in Kunming, southwest China’s Yunnan province. [Photo/Zhang Yujie]
Located in Yunnan province's capital, Dounan Flower Market provides 70 percent cut flowers at China’s markets, according to Yunnan Flower Association (YFA).
Over 10,000 traders exchange up to 12 million flowers every day at Dounan, China's largest marketplace for cut flowers.
In 2011, the total trading value of flowers at the market has reached 3.6 billion yuan. The brand value of "Dounan Flower" is estimated at 3.2 billion yuan.
Flowers are transported from Dounan, to other China’s cities, Southeast and Central Asia.
Dounan is an abundant place adjacent to Dianchi Lake. Locals in early times depend on planting rice and fish for living. In the early 1980s, an elder started to plant gladiolus (that is an easy-to-grow flower, especially valued for use in floral arrangements.) in Dounan. People realized that planting flowers is better than vegetables for making money. As we know, Kunming enjoys a pleasant climate which provides the ideal climate for plants and flowers.
With the flower trades gradually expanding in Dounan, many flower growers started logistics business.
In 2002, an international flower auction trading center has been built in Dounan, covering an area of 3000 mu.
Many consider Dounan market as a bellwether of the booming flower industry in Yunnan. The area for growing flowers in Yunnan grew to 46,667 hectares in 2011 from 16,000 hectares in 2005. The number of flower growers reached 810,000 in 2011.
An international flower industrial park will be built in Dounan, with a total investment of nearly 4 billion yuan. The first phase project is expected to be completed in 2013.(Editors:Ryan Li, Minnie Mao)
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