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In Guangzhou one of China’s 2nd largest fabric wholesale markets. In the area you will find many buildings, streets and alleys with fabric vendors of all kinds and sizes. My duty for the fashion label Alice's Pig was to find the right fabrics for specific designs in their new collection. (see image to the right)
From the moment you step out the metro, at Exit D, you are faced with fabric sellers and accessories sellers. You walk about 200 meters straight after the exit until you arrive at Ruikang Road. That is the main road for this fabric market area. This road is full of large and small markets. Immediately on the corner you’ll find a large accessories market on several floors. Walk a bit further and you have an old 2 storey high fabric market on your right side. On the opposite side of the street is the main market right now (the one marked on our map below). It is modern, with broad walkways, and hundreds of shops on each floor. In the basement you have accessories, and on the other floors fabrics.
Walk further down the street from this market, and you will see a small street with laces and glitter fabrics, then the old original Zhongda Fabric market building, and soon after that – at the end of the street – you have a brand new fabrics market. That market is huge (or will be huge), but since it recently opened, most of the shop spaces are not occupied yet. That market consists of two buildings on each side of the street interconnected through a bridge.