Flower trading in Guangzhou has a long history which dates back to the flower selling boats of the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) and to the flower dealers in the Song Dynasty (960 -1279 AD). The flower markets in Guangzhou had prospered in the Ming Dynasty (1368 -1644 AD).
Liwan District Flower Fair
According to A New Encyclopedia of Guangdong by Qu Dajun, in the Ming Dynasty most people of the 33 villages on the south bank of the Pearl River in Guangzhou earned their living by planting flowers. They used to ferry flowers across from the south bank in small boats and then sell them at impromptu markets located on the north bank. Most of this produce would be unloaded on a wharf near Wuxianmen, which was known locally at that time as the "Flower Jetty".
This activity served as the fountain head and is the root of the great traditional activity we know today as the Guangzhou Flower Fair, and has justly become famous worldwide. For a long time there were in fact four major seasonal fairs in Guangdong Province, namely, the Guangzhou Flower Fair, the Luofu Mountain Herb Fair, the Dongguan Spice Fair, and the Lianzhou Jewelry Fair.