Small commodities hub attracts overseas students
Updated: 2017-12-13

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Overseas students attending the business exploring trip to Yiwu, Zhejiang province pose for a group photo on Dec 1. The activity is organized by China Scholarship Council to help Chinese Government Scholarship winners gain insights into China's development and culture. [Photo/sus.edu.cn]

Yiwu, a small commodities hub in East China's Zhejiang province, welcomed a group of some 100 overseas students on Dec 1-2.

They embarked on a business culture exploring trip to Yiwu organized by China Scholarship Council, allowing these Chinese Government Scholarship winners to experience Yiwu's socio-economic development.

The students came from 41 countries and regions, and are now pursuing studies at five Shanghai Institutes, including Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Tongji University and Shanghai University of Sport.

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Students visit Yiwu Urban Planning Museum and learn about the city's decades of development, especially the changes in local business mode. [Photo/sus.edu.cn]

At the Yiwu Urban Planning Museum, the students were impressed by a picture scroll recording the city's decades of development, especially the changes in local business mode, from the initial street-to-street peddling to today's production base for small commodities.

Qingyanliu, a once small village that has taken advantage of its proximity to Yiwu and has now developed as China's largest "taobao" village, was their second stop. The students showed great interest in e-commerce and raised many questions on running online stores.

"In the future, I hope I can learn more online marketing skills in Yiwu and open up my own import and export business after graduation," one student said.

They also marveled at Yiwu West Railway Station, where freight trains linking Yiwu and European cities such as Teheran and London leave every week, while covering 34 countries along the routes.

The students were finally taken to a world of small consumer goods – the local international wholesale market. The different types of commodities won their praise and admiration.

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Students visit Yiwu's international wholesale market and are impressed by the all sorts of small consumer goods. [Photo/sus.edu.cn]

Whitely Elton James, a student representative from Shanghai University of Sport, said the trip to Yiwu in fact made his dreams come true.

"Yiwu has long been a charming and attractive city to me, and I'm particularly interested in the global business climate of sports goods," he said.

"The trip was very fruitful and eye-opening; I hope I can discover my own business opportunity here."

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