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Yiwu: Santa's China factory


13:47, November 07, 2012

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The past ten years slowly marked a shift in China's growth model, which has been led for the most part by exports. So just what is the state of China's export industry and what lies ahead? Michelle Xing reports from Yiwu, in Zhejiang province, one of the cities that has immensely benefited from what used to be China's export driven model.

It's again the time of jingle bells and mistletos, and just when you are getting ready to decorate your Christmas tree, you might as well take a look at the city where almost all Christmas products come from.

In the city with less than a million population, there are 750 companies specialized in making or selling Christmas decorations. But with rising labor costs and the weak Europe an currency, what is it like for these chinese companies doing business with foreigners this year?

Most foreign buyers place their Christmas orders in the summer or early fall, so by this time of the year, majority of the Christmas products are well on their way from Chinese factories to wholesalers all over the world or possibly already on your store shelves.

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