Foshan is a prefecture-level city in central Guangdong province, People's Republic of China. The city has jurisdiction over an area of about 3,840 km² and a population of 5.4 million of which 1.1 million reside in the city proper (year 2000 figures).
Following Shenzhen and Guangzhou, Foshan is the third largest manufacturing base in the Pearl River Delta. Once home to a strong State-Owned Enterprises sector, its current economic strength lies in privates firms and Township and Village Enterprises in Shunde and Nanhai. In 2002, private firms contributed 56.12% of the industrial output and firms from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan contributed 63.44% in exports.
Foshan is China's largest furniture manufacturer Center. there are about 2,800 manufacturers there, producing all kinds of furniture for indoor, outdoor and office use. This does not include the hardware and component suppliers.
Shunde and Nanhai are the two main districts in Foshan that house these seemingly endless stretch of Furniture suppliers..
Shunde, China Furniture Wholesale Market is located at Shunde district which links Lecong town and Longjiang town along the 10 km highway, Foshan City, Guangdong Province, China. Shunde has become the largest furniture wholesale market and distribution center in China and the world. It claims to be the The World Largest Furniture Wholesale Market. It was named as the China Furniture Business and Trading Capital by the China National Light Industry Council and China National Furniture Association. It covers a total area of approximately 32.3 million square feet (3 million square meter) and it includes more than 200 modern furniture sales buildings, such as Sunlink Group, Lecong International Furniture Exhibition Center, Shunde Empire Group, Tuanyi International Furniture City, and others.
The furniture wholesale market extends more than 5 km and is arranged by 12 rows and 20 streets. There are over 3,300 domestic and foreign furniture dealers and more than 1,500 furniture manufacturers. Jointly they display over 20,000 types of furniture and products ranging from living room furniture, dining room furniture, bedroom furniture, kitchen furniture, hotel furniture, hotel mattress, contract furniture, restaurant furniture, cafe chairs, bar stools, bathroom furniture, sanitary ware, furniture accessories, material & hardware. The market is open year round with furniture trading more than USD1 billion sales volume each year.
Whereas Longjiang is about 5 km from Lecong, a well-known furniture manufacturing base and transaction center of furniture material. It was awarded by China Light Industry Association and China Furniture Association as Important Town Of China Furniture Manufacture and Capital Of China Furniture Material. It is also known as "the first furniture town in China" and there are more than 1,200 factories in it, measuring more than 10,760,000 square feet (1,000,000 m2) of furniture marketplace and 3,200,000 square feet (297,000 m2) of furniture material marketplace. There are two major furniture exhibitions held in March and August each year at Longjiang town of Shunde district. The Dragon Furniture Fair has a famous reputation of professional fair at home and abroad.Being located at Guangdong Province, close to Hong Kong and Macau, the market offers convenient transportation and well developed infrastructure. Shunde District has become the most important and the best international home furnishing center and international trading platform for international sellers/buyers in China.
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