Traditional Trades


  • Fujian Group 福建商帮
     Nanjun Guild Hall in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, built by Fujian merchants at the end of the Qing Dynasty (1845-1911). The birth of the Fujian Group was a response to the tributary trade system and maritime- trade banning polices enforced by the imperial ...
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  • Shandong Group 山东商帮
     The Time-honored Rui Fu Xiang Silk Store in Beijing was set up by Meng Luochuan, a representative from Shandong Group dubbed as the "No. 1 Oriental Businessman" during the Qing Dynasty (1645-1911). Compared with other merchant groups, Shandong Group...
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  • Jiangyou Group 江右商帮
     Xishan Longevity Palace, a famous Taoist temple in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, was built by Jiangyou merchants in 376 during the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317– 420). Jiangyou merchants built the longevity palaces as a place to honor their cultural idol -...
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  • Dongting Group 洞庭商帮
     Brothers Rong Zongjing (1873-1938) and Rong Desheng (1875-1952) of the Dongting Group were two well-known entrepreneurs from Jiangsu Province. They mainly operated flour and textile mills. The Dongting Group took its shape during the reign of Emperor...
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  • Ningbo Group 宁波商帮
     Zhen's Seventeen Rooms Village, located in Zhenhai District, Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, was the birthplace of Ningbo merchants, notably Zheng Shichang (1664-1728), who founded the Siheng Money Shop in Beijing during the middle period of the reign of...
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  • Guangdong Group 广东商帮
     Zhangyu Winery, the largest wine producer in China, was set up in Yantai, Shandong Province in 1892 by the well-known patriotic overseas Chinese Zhang Bishi. Zhang was a representative figure of the Guangdong merchant group. Guangdong Group gradually...
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  • Shaanxi Group 陕西商帮
     Shandong-Shaanxi Guild Hall, located in Liaocheng, Shandong Province, was built in 1753 during the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1645-1911). Like their Shanxi and Huizhou counterparts, the Shaanxi merchants also prospered through the...
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  • Huizhou Group 徽州商帮
     The Anhui-Hangzhou Ancient Road, which extends 25 kilometers from Fuling Town in Jixi County, Anhui Province to Zhechuan Village in Lin'an City, Zhejiang Province, was a famous ancient road in China. It was built during the Tang Dynasty (618-907)...
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  • Shanxi Group 山西商帮
     Rishengchang Piaohao, the earliest draft bank in China and cornerstone of modern China's banking industry, was founded by renowned Chinese industrialist and Shanxi merchant Lei Lutai in Pingyao County, Shanxi Province in 1823 during the early Qing...
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  • Shopping for specialty products of China’s cities
     Most foreigners in China have been treated to a least one special dish or food from the city they live in. Certainly, anyone who's been to Beijing has tasted a piece of duck. Regional cuisine is a popular topic amongst foreigners and Chinese alike,...
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