At the beginning of winter, the temperature in the flower houses of Triflor Farm in the Netherlands is as warm as spring, and the tulip flowers are verdant and budding. Before dawn, workers get up early to harvest ripe tulips and rush to a flower auction at 7 am to get a good price. Recently, it is just the period for tulip bulb cultivation and farmer Eric is a bit busy, operating equipment in the flower field, and planting a new batch of small bulbs in preparation for the supply to the Chinese market next year.
Speaking of the impression of the Netherlands, the first word that popped up for Zang Jingjing, a girl from Zhengzhou City, was "tulips". She works in a flower shop, and if she places an order online she receives Dutch tulips the next day. Many of them come from Eric’s farm. But when she was young, there were no Dutch tulips on the Henan market, so she could only enjoy the beauty of the tulips in the pictures.
The wholesaler of Triflor's tulip is Hilverda De Boer, a century-old Dutch flower trader, that now also exports Dutch flowers to Zhengzhou and other Chinese cities. After the flowers are purchased, they will be transported by truck from Amsterdam to Luxembourg International Airport and then airfreighted non-stop to Zhengzhou. Currently, the company exports two batches of flowers to Zhengzhou every week, with each batch exporting 0.5 to 1 ton.
“China has a large population, and its consumption of flowers is very large. I am very optimistic about the potential of the Chinese market.” The person in charge in Hilverda De Boer said that he always hopes to export flowers to China through more ports, and looks forward to an increase in exports in the next few years, even at a double-digit rate.
The Netherlands is the "Kingdom of Tulip" and Henan is the "Hometown of Peony", which are located on the east and west ends of the Eurasian continent. In recent years Henan, in the hinterland of China, opened the Zhengzhou-Luxembourg Air Silk Road, which has become the frontier of opening up to Europe, and European goods such as Dutch tulips can finally be shipped directly by air.
"Within 24 hours, fresh-cut tulips harvested from the ground can be delivered to customers in China, like Zang Jingjing." Song Xiaochen, general manager of the tulip importer Beijing Dongfang Huida International Technology and Trade Co., Ltd. said that Starting from 2017, he imported Dutch flowers in Zhengzhou. His company's weekly freight volume is about 2 tons, and it can reach 10 tons during the peak season. The annual freight volume has increased by more than 20%.
On the streets of Zhengzhou, Dutch tulips are already a kind of common flower among the locals. Zang Jingjing said that not only are the sales of imported Dutch tulips very good in Zhengzhou but the orders from other cities in Henan and surrounding provinces are also increasing.