In 2020, China and the Asean for the first time became each other's largest partners.
The Kunming Dounan Flower Market is the largest fresh cut flower trading market in Asia, from where flowers are loaded and arrive in Bangkok of Thailand in about 40 hours via the highway between the provincial capital of Kunming and Bangkok, Thailand.
It is estimated that some 8 million or 10 million flowers are sold from the market overseas, among which 20 percent to 30 percent are purchased by buyers from South and Southeast Asian countries.
According to the provincial transport department, Yunnan has been pushing forward infrastructure construction to boost interconnectivity with its neighbouring countries.
The Yunnan sections of international expressways leading to Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar have been opened to traffic. In late 2020, the Dali-Lincang high-speed railway was put into use.
"We used to say we were in outlying border regions, but now we are at the forefront," said Lu Shaoyun, deputy director of the Lincang development and reform commission.
Now more than 10 enterprises, including China Cosco Shipping Corporation Limited, have settled in Lincang.