Asia's largest flower market in SW China resumes operation
Kunming Dounan Flower Market, Asia's largest fresh cut flower trading market in southwest China's Yunnan Province, resumed operation Monday when the province lowered its emergency response from first-level to third-level.
To prevent infections, the market increased space between stalls and requires vendors to trade at different hours, according to the management of the market.
All trading venues, offices and other places in the market are disinfected before and after the transactions.
Traders are required to wear masks, register and verify identities, take body temperature and scan QR code with mobile phones before entering the trading place, it said.
The market mainly provides two forms of trading – face-to-face and electronic auctions.
Influenced by the epidemic, the market shut down the flower and plant trading, tourism and catering services on January 26 and suspended auction services on February 6.
The market resumed auction services on February 10. As more flower shops open and logistics services improve, it has decided to bring more businesses back on track.
A barometer of China's flower sector, the market's trade volume of fresh cut flowers hit 9.23 billion with a turnover of 7.44 billion yuan (about 1.06 billion U.S. dollars) in 2019.