Asia's largest flower market in SW China suspends operation



Citizens select flowers at China's largest fresh flower wholesale market Dounan in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, July 9, 2019. (Xinhua/Qin Qing)

The largest fresh cut flower trading market in Asia suspended service from Thursday.

KUNMING, Feb. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Kunming Dounan Flower Market, the largest fresh cut flower trading market in Asia, suspended service from Thursday amid the epidemic outbreak, according to local epidemic control headquarters.

The market had previously shut down flower and plant trading, tourism and catering services on Jan. 26 to avoid the risk of infection caused by crowd gathering.

As a barometer of China's flower market, the Kunming-based market in southwest China's Yunnan Province saw the trading volume of fresh cut flowers reach 9.23 billion with a turnover of 7.44 billion yuan (about 1.07 billion U.S. dollars) in 2019.