The Number of Yiwu Foreign Residential People Ranking First in Zhejiang Province
Yiwu is the world’s largest commodity circulation center and exhibition center. The administrative level is still a county level city, but you will find foreigners almost everywhere when you are walking in the streets. And according to the statistics figures of Foreign Economic & Trade Department and the Industry & Commerce Department, at present the number of the overseas residential person has reached more than 11000, including 2124 foreign enterprises representative offices which are from 85 countries and regions all over the world. The reporter learned from the the police that at present, the number of Yiwu foreign residential people has largely exceeded the number of Hangzhou and Ningbo (two deputy provincial cities), and it ranks the top in Zhejiang Province.
Tens of years ago, if Yiwu people see a foreigner in the street, they will normally be surprised to look back. While today, Yiwu commodity city has attracted more and more foreigners to come to this small magic city.
It is reported that in 2009, Yiwu public security bureau entry-exit administration issued 17612 visas. And it was the third year followed by 2007 and 2008 when the number exceeded that of Hangzhou and Ningbo. In addition, in 2009, the registered number of foreign people who came to Yiwu for tourism, businesses or visiting relatives was 317751. And these people are from 203 countries. The growth reached 19.52% compared with the same period of 2008.
And to the statistics figures, at present, the number of the overseas residential people is more than 11000, including 2124 foreign enterprises representative offices which are from 85 countries and regions.
Because of the cluster of foreigners, “exotic amorous feelings street”, “the United Nations communities” and so on have emerged in this city. After years of business discipline and life accumulation, many foreigners can speak Chinese, even speak yiwu local dialect, they have been deeply involved in yiwu city.