On January 12, 2013, a press conference was held in Kunming by Yingjing County, Dehong to deliver the message that the first session of Yingjiang International Raw Materials Fair of Gems & Jewelry will be held from March 9 to 13 when suppliers and sellers of raw materials of gems & jewelry from China, Thailand, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, southeast Asia and south Asia will gather at Yingjiang. Yingjiang is the first city to hold raw materials fair of gems & jewelry in China, regardless of the fact that now there are many gems & jewelry fair in China. It’s said that such kind of fair will be held at Yingjiang in March of every year from now on.
Kong Legan, vice governor of Dehong was quoted as saying that the fair will last five days during which all kinds of raw materials of gems and jades, together with finished products and fine products, will be displayed in the 100 thousand sq. m- exhibition house. Besides, sales activities, artistic performance, exchange meeting among experts, forum, auction for charity, stone-gambling will also be carried out during the fair. It is estimated that there will be more than 200 thousand guests and gems-lovers visiting the fair.
Yingjiang has always been the most convenient land passage for access of gems & jewelry from Myanmar to China, the port must be passed by China to import raw materials of jade and also the biggest raw materials market for jade and jewelry. Moreover, Yingjiang International Jade Center, which is under construction now, will in future become the biggest trade center of jade materials in China and a worldwide distributing center of gems & jewelry.
Jewelry industry in Yunnan has witnessed a flourishing development in recent years. In 2011, Opinions of Yunnan Government on Boosting the Development of Jewelry Industry points out that Ruili and Yingjiang, based on their advantages of being port cities, should be built as border trade zones focusing on input of raw materials and integrating manufacturing, trade, auction, technical appraisement, tourism, exhibition and cultural exchange.