As such, the city might seem an odd choice for a British-based importer to choose at first glance. However, Wuxi, which has a population of well over 6 million people in its wider municipal region, has historically always been a big exporter. Even in Imperial China, the city was known in Europe and elsewhere for its exports of rice, silk and other textiles.
Even today, Wuxi enjoys a big exporting economy. As a prefecture-level city area in the eastern province of Jiangsu, it serves the markets of many other provinces in China as well as those in North America and Europe. This is because Wuxi is not far from the Yangtze River, the economic pipeline that has served China so well for so long. Manufacturing firms in the city can get their goods to some of the country’s largest ports with relative ease ready for onward shipments to the rest of the world. Furthermore, Wuxi is connected to Shanghai by a high-speed rail connection that opened in 2014. It also benefits from Sunan Shuofang International Airport with at least freight handling airlines that operate from it.