On our last day in China, we traveled to a couple of wholesale flower marts. The first one was found in what appeared to be an abandoned shopping mall. Flower wholesalers have moved in and taken up residence in the the old shops.
For the most part, the flowers we found here were in pretty poor shape. Lots of lilies. Lots of roses and carnations. I saw a cart full of gerbera daisies stacked on each other. Care and handling or anything resembling post-harvest care or a cold chain was hard to come by.
We had a great meeting with one of the wholesale importers who was encouraged by what our farms produced. Ms. May had her own translator, Catherine, who also helped teach our farms about the importance of WeChat for the China Floral industry.
Our last wholesale market seemed to have better quality flowers than the first, but not by much.
We visited a number of wholesale markets, retail markets and florists shops that were also doing e-commerce sales, but only one mass-market grocery store that sold flowers.
On our last night in China, we watched the sun go down while having dinner on the river. It was a fitting end to this exploratory trip to learn about the China flower market.