Bonsai trees grow into big business in E China's Jiangsu province

By Cang Wei, Zhou Lanxu and Wang Jia | | Updated: 2020-06-14 17:50
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A miniature bonsai tree is seen in a blue ceramic pot. The trees are highly welcomed by Chinese customers and the market increases by 10 percent every year. [Photo by Zhou Lanxu and Wang Jia/]

The community attracted nearly 2 million visitors in 2019, and revenue from tourism stood at 250 million yuan.

In Rugao city, about 100,000 farmers work in the bonsai industry and it provides jobs to more than 200,000 farmers across the country. An worker experienced in growing bonsai trees can earn 2,000 to 3,000 yuan a day.

Chen Ninghua, deputy manager of the city's Flowers and Trees World Holding Company, said that apart from expensive large bonsai trees, the company has also developed miniature bonsai trees, which are about the size of an adult's hand, to attract more customers.

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