Yiwu’s spectacular natural beauty, its cliffs and lakes, have inspired poets and musicians for centuries. Its markets, now centralized into one five-story 43,000,000-square foot mall, have inspired dedicated shoppers since the 1600s. The mall differs somewhat from an American megaplex – goods are purchased mainly in stalls, prices are negotiable, and you can find anything from clothing to extension cords. Recently many traders have come from the Middle East, which has shaped the city’s cuisine to some degree. Hangzhou is nearby.