Chinese Name: 清平市场 Pronunciation: qīng píng shì chǎng
Recommended Time for Visit: 2-3 Hours
Admission Ticket Fare: Free
Opening Hours: 9:00 – 18:00
Market Area: About 11,000 square meters
Building Time: March 27, 2006
Beat Visiting Season: All year round
Address: No.15 Qingping Road, Liwan District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province
Building Function: It is built for the valid trade of traditional Chinese herbal medicinal materials.
Overview of Qingping Market
Qingping Market, better known as Qingping Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicinal Material Market, is a place for the trade of traditional Chinese herbal medicinal materials in China. The market is one of the 17 Chinese herbal medicinal material markets approved by the state in 1996. And it is the only legal Chinese herbal medicine commodity trading place in Guangzhou City.
The annual transaction value of Qingping Market is as high as one billion yuan. The merchants in Qingping Market come from across the whole country, and Chinese herbal medicinal commodity transactions are conducted actively. Those commodities are sold throughout China, Southeast Asia, and the rest of the world.
There are more than 1,500 stores in Qingping Market, and it is the only herbal medicinal market established in the central area of a large city in China. On the whole, the market is divided into three parts. The first one is the building of the Qingping Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicinal Market. The second one is the East Qingping Herbal Medicinal Market not far away from the first one. And the third is the individual shops outside the market building.
Qingping Market is the largest distribution center and import and export trade center of Southern Medicine – the expensive and nourishing Chinese herbal medicine in South China. In addition to the sales stores, there are also other stores for powdering, slicing, and packaging herbal medicinal materials. In one word, it is an integrated chain in the Chinese herbal medicine industry.
History of Qingping Market
In 1979, Qingping Market was opened with the approval of the Guangzhou Municipal Government and it is one of the eight major Chinese herbal medicinal markets which were first operated in China. The construction of the market began at the integrated open-air stalls at the southern end of Qingping Road and then extended to the middle and north sections of Qingping Road.
In 1980, the market was expanded to Tiyun Road, forming a cross-shaped long street market. In the beginning, the shops were just separated by iron fences, and only 50-60 shops huddled in a small area, and then it sharply increased to nearly 2,000. Finally, due to the fast-developing business, the total length of the integrated shops of Qingping Market was about 1 kilometer and the area expanded to 6,000 square meters.
On March 27, 2006, Qingping Market, invested by Guangzhou Qingping Group and developed by Guangzhou Qingping Construction & Development Co., Ltd., was opened at Qingping Road. It marks the upgrade of Qingping Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine Shop, which has a history of 26 years.
Some Herbal Materials as Soup Ingredients You Should Not Miss
Soup is an important part of Cantonese cuisine. The Cantonese always make various soups according to climate, ingredients, and people’s health conditions. The various kinds of fresh soup ingredients not only consist of meat but also herbal medicinal materials, fruits, vegetables, and plants. If you are interested in soup ingredients, you’d better buy some herbal medicinal materials such as Codonopsis Pilosula (党参), Rhizoma Atractylodis (白术), Pericarpium Citri Reticulate (陈皮), Astragalus Membranaceus (黄芪), etc., to make delicious soup. But if you don’t know too much about it, you’d better buy prepared soup ingredients and add fresh ingredients to make soup.
Transportation to Qingping Market
Take bus 209, 297, or 57 and get off at Liuersan Lu Station.
Take bus 2, 3, 6, or 530 and get off at Hepingzhong Station, and the fare is 2 yuan.
Take Metro Line 1 and get off at Huangsha Station.
Take Metro Line 6, and get off at Huangsha Station.
Chinese: 请带我去清平市场。English: Please take me to the Qingping Market.
If you go to Qingping Market from the center of Guangzhou (DoubleTree by Hilton Guangzhou), it takes about 20 minutes (about 20 yuan).
If you go to Qingping Market from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, it takes about 60 minutes (about 100 yuan).
If you go to Qingping Market from Guangzhou South Railway Station, it takes about 40 minutes (about 70 yuan).