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Where Christmas is Made: How a Chinese Jewelry Factory Works

Peak Sales of Christmas decorations and souvenirs in the Chinese city, which became known as the "Christmas Village", falls in the middle of summer.

Photo: ABC News video frame

Yiwu City is an hour south of Shanghai, producing almost two thirds of the Christmas decorations consumed all over the world, writes ABC News.

Between September 2016 and August 2017, 600’s factories and factories in this city sold 3 billion dollars worth of Christmas goods.

Photo: ABC News video frame

The leaders of some Christmas factories said that at least 30% of their orders come from the USA, the rest of the goods are mainly shipped to Russia and Latin America, a significant part of the jewelry is sold in China itself.

Christmas is not an official holiday in China, but more and more people fall under the influence of festive magic in many countries around the world, and therefore sales of Christmas decorations in China are constantly growing.

To buy all the necessary goods for the holiday on time and have time to sell them at home, businessmen from around the world make pilgrimages to Yiwu city every year, where they buy Christmas decorations on the International Trade Market.

The downtown wholesale market is a multi-storey trade labyrinth divided into five sections, covering 2 square miles.

The Christmas decorations department makes up only a small part of the 75 000 mini-stores, which sell almost everything at relatively low prices.

Photo: ABC News video frame

Yiwu is the city where the "Made in China" phenomenon began. When China became a more open country in the 1980s, the Yiwu market had already taken shape. It was then that the city began to supply the world with all kinds of toys, jewelry, small appliances, underwear, umbrellas and car accessories.

More recently, freight trains between Yiwu and Madrid, London, Prague and Tehran were launched as part of an initiative by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Representatives of the countries of Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia work in the city, in addition, this place is regularly visited by representatives of many countries of the world - all this makes Yiwu, perhaps, the most diverse city in China, where many cultures and traditions have mixed.

However, Yiwu is not the only city in the world producing Christmas decorations, and in order to be able to compete with cheaper labor, manufacturers have to keep costs and production costs as low as possible.

Workers in factories say they have to work on 13 hours per day, 7 days per week. Employees receive an average of 30 dollars per day.

At the same time, the owners of the plants declared their intention to move to more spacious premises, because the government asked them to improve working conditions.

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