Uan Xiao Fyn. 48 years. Business owner of Christmas balls, posing, in one of his warehouses.
Futang, province of Zheijang. China.
(ita)Uan Xiao Fyn. 48 anni. Imprenditore di palline di Natale, in posa, in uno dei suoi magazzini.
Futang, provincia dello Zheijang. Cina. 2016.
Shopkeepers in front of their store unload the goods that have just arrived. Christmas district. Yiwu city. Zhejiang province. China.
A view of the offices buildings of the new city center that is rising near the Market Trade Center. All the neighborhoods around it are markets both on the street and in the buildings. Yiwu city. Zhejiang province. China.
A truck load of products at Yiwu train station. Yiwu city. China. 2016.
Wu Tian, 19 years old. He is a worker in the factory of Christmas trees for five years. Bai-Ma,Zhejiang province. China.
Wu Tian, 19 anni. Da cinque anni lavora come operaio nella fabbrica di alberi di Natale. Bai-Ma, provincia dello Zhejiang, Cina. 2016.
Toy District, International Market Trade Center. Yiwu.
A worker in a Santa Claus hat factory. He Tian, province of Zheijang. Cina. 2016.
(ita)Una operaia nella fabbrica di cappelli di babbo Natale. He Tian, provincia dello Zheijang. Cina.2016
Factorie’s deposit of plastic inflatable life buoy and dinghies. All sample items that have been inflated to test if they are not punctured are placed in this area of the warehouse.
Yiwu city, Zhejiang province, China.
Worker in a factory of plastic clubs for children. Its job is to inflate them one by one and check that they are not punctured. Yiwu. China.
Peluches factory. This factory, like many others in Yiwu, has accommodation for workers and their families next to the building where they work. With permission from the foreman, this little girl spends a day in the ward where her mother works.
Santa Claus products factory. Yiwu.
Xu Xiao,58 years old, working in a factory of Christmas trees. She works from 7a.m. until 21 p.m. Bai-Ma village, Zhejiang province, China. 2016.
Xu Xiao, 58 anni, lavora in una fabbrica di alberi di Natale, dalle 7 a.m. alle 21. Bai-Ma, provincia dello Zheijang. Cina. 2016
Lee-Shi Ming,19 years, in a factory of Christmas trees. Bai-Ma village, Zheijang province, China.
Un operaio in una fabbrica di alberi di Natale. Villaggio di Bai-Ma, provincia dello Zheijang. Cina.2016
The son of a shop assistant rests in the lamp area. In the International Trade Center, shop assistants work from 8 to 20.
Outskirts of Yiwu. Zhejiang province. China. Fu Haijing, 20 years. Home worker. She and her family produce cloth gadgets at home for a wholesaler. Until ten years ago, the same place where she live was a peasant village. Today the arable land has been covered by palaces. The village has been incorporated into the city. Those who decide to stay in the villages, in order to survive, have converted their livelihood into jobs related to the economy on which Yiwu is nowdays based.
A businessman inside the “Toy district”. International Market Trade Center. Around 10,000 wholesale buyers come to Yiwo every day looking for products. Yiwu. China.
Stand focused on fancy clothes for children at the wholesale. International Market Trade Center. Toys district. Yiwu.
Stand of toy guns at wholesale. Toys district. Internationale Market Trade Center. Yiwu. China.
A shopkeeper surrounded by the artificial plants he sells at wholesale. International Market Trade Center. Yiwu city. Zhejiang province. China.
A family at work in finishing and packaging polyurethane carrots in a garage provided by his employer.Futang village. Zhejiang province. China.
Discarded pieces of plastic logs for fake plants are abandoned near a factory. Yiwu city. China.
Yiwu city. Zhejiang province. China.
The first hotel district that was built during the era of Den Xiao Ping around the early eighties, when the Yiwu market was only national and only Chinese people came.
Nowadays there are many other areas reserved for hotels for foreigners but this neighborhood remains the one where only Chinese businessman continue to stay.
Lian xu, 24, works as an accountant for a company during the day. Here she is posing in front of the place where every night he went to gamble.Yiwu. China.
Lin-Din village. Zhejiang province. China. 2016.Technical tests before the screening of the documentary about Mao Tze tung. 200 families live in the village. Everyone is forced to produce handmade small objects, especially Christmas gadgets. Every week the trucks arrive to the village to load the products.
Yiwu is a city located 350 kilometers west of Shanghai. It has a population of a million and a half inhabitants, despite being a small town according to the Chinese standard, Yiwu is the largest small commodities market in the world. It is the place where all the planet retailers go to refuel. It is the starting point of 80% of Christmas decorations and 60% of children’s toys. In the pre-Christmas period over 1000 containers a day depart from the city filled with goods. There are items that you can find at every latitude of the planet: the toothpicks and tennis rackets, candles that play happy birthday, hooves and fresheners for cars, dolls and African sculptures. The city is dominated by a series of covered markets, each with the size of a stadium, occupied by thousands of stalls. Many of them sell the same merchandise. The city authorities claim that there are 50 thousand stalls selling more than 300,000 kinds of products. Whole shops are dedicated to the sale of pacifiers for children, halloween witches, of purses. A whole market is dedicated to socks. In the town they are packed 3 billion pairs of socks a year. If you wanted to buy a belt there are millions of belts. There is the bras path, that for zippers, arti ficial flowers, the calendars, the Christmas decorations, to name a few. Permanently residing in the city about 8,000 foreign buyers who scour relentlessly in search of products to be shipped. The Middle- Eastern buyers are so many that arose an Arab neighborhood. Santa Claus comes here to buy gifts. In 2016 it was completed a railway line linking Madrid with Yiwu. About 10000km. 741km more than the Trans-Siberian. It takes 21 days. While by boat it takes 6 weeks and costs are significantly higher than by train.
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