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Core of Guangzhou's textile industry is being ripped apart

Market hub set to be moved 100 km away, disrupting thousands of businesses

A worker secures a truck loaded with textiles in Guangzhou's Haizhu district on Nov. 22. (Photo by Liang Yingfei/Caixin)

For more than three decades, Guangzhou's Haizhu district has been home to Zhongda market, a thriving hub for fabric trading and garment production that serves customers in China and around the world.

Spurred by the end of China's battle against COVID-19, the government of Guangdong's provincial capital has recently accelerated a yearslong plan to relocate the market and its approximately 25,000 merchants and business owners that call it home to Qingyuan, a small city nearly 100 kilometers to the north.

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