Ever wondered where your Christmas decorations came from?
You can forget the Disneyfied versions of a Santa’s workshop with hundreds of cute elves working happily together in a warm, friendly environment for a jolly Santa Claus.
Image: Santa’s Workshop
Back in 2014, The Guardian reported on the plight of the mainly migrant labourers, working 12 to 13 hours a day for a maximum of £200 to £300 a month. This all happens in ‘Yiwu Christmas Village’ – a conglomeration of 600 workshops and factories, all helping to create a humongous festive ‘wonder-world of plastic tat’.
In 2015, The Independent relayed the same story concentrating more on where the merchandise is heading: “the world’s largest wholesale market”, covering 4 million square metres, formally known as China Commodity City.
And this year the story continues via ABC News who recently reported that between September 2016 and August 2017, Santa’s workshop churned out $3 billion worth of Christmas products. Their destination: the US, Russia, Latin America and China.
World demand for Christmas decorations shows no signs of abating which means Yiwu Village will continue to be the real Santa’s workshop for the foreseeable future.
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Caption: 19-year-old Chinese worker Wei removes red powder on his hands. AP/Yang Guang