In the early stage of reform and opening-up, Yiwu farmers resumed the motique culture of Changing feather for sugar and formed small-scale roadside markets by themselves in the city in order to support their families. A farmer who had set up a stall in Choucheng Town stopped Xie Gaohua, the then party secretary of Yiwu, at the county committee entrance and asked loudly and reprovingly why farmers were not allowed to set up stalls in the city. However, Xie did not drive the bold woman away. Instead, he invited her into his office, hearing about her difficulties. After hearing her story, Xie said firmly, You can keep your stall. If someone comes to close it down, just tell them it is approved by me.
Since then, he did investigations from door to door, which helped him make up his mind to open up the market. At a meeting of the county organs,the county officials headed by him and hundreds of local traders gathered in a theater, and he declared, We must open up the market, even if I could lose my position for any problems that may come along. On the same day, the Market Consolidation Team of Choucheng Town announced that the small commodity market would be officially opened on September 5th. Farmers thereafter got the permission to set up their stalls, promoting the continuous development of Yiwu self-selling market. Yiwu small commodity market also won business opportunities because it took the lead in opening up in the country.
After the opening up of Yiwu market, Xie had devoted himself to the people and defied the doubts and criticisms of the conservatives. He successively established the tax policy of quota levy, the strategy of borrowing from banks to build a fixed-point market and so on, thus opening a magnificent chapter of Yiwu small commodity market.
Xie Gaohua insisted that the demand of the masses should be the first guide. He broke the rules and led all the county officials to act actively, which created the world’s largest small commodity market. It has set an example for the reform and development of the national small commodity markets. His advanced deeds embody the spirit of reform that the Communist Party is committed to serving the people and dares to bear, and has won the widespread praise of the people.
改革开放：reform and opening-up
鸡毛换糖：Changing feather for sugar
义乌县委书记：party secretary of Yiwu
县机关大会：The meeting of county organs
义乌自销市场：Yiwu self-selling market
义乌小商品市场：Yiwu small commodity market