Yunnan has more than 15,300 acres of fresh cut flowers with an output of more than 4.1 billion stems per year. Roses, lilies and carnations make up about 11,800 acres of the total with more than 2 billion stems per year.
Kunming is China's largest flower producer, and has the country's largest flower market. It is also one of China's major flower exporters.
Every season, flowers of various species bloom throughout the city, making Kunming a vast sea of flowers.
There are numerous shops and stalls selling flowers at quite reasonable prices. Shangyi Street Flower Wholesale Market is the most famous one of them. Local residents can buy a large bunch of flowers at a very low price, which provides the chance to give beautiful presents to friends and relatives living in other provinces without breaking the bank. At weddings, vehicles are decorated with flowers and the bride and groom are showered with flower petals. Visitors not only admire the city's flowers during their stay but also buy them when they are leaving this City of Perpetual Spring.
Flower growers in Kunming most like the autumn and winter seasons, as this is when no flowers grow in the majority of other cities in China. They consequently wholesale large quantities of flowers to big cities in other provinces, and business is very profitable. In spring and summer, on the other hand, flower prices are very low.