While it’s no news that factories in Yiwu produce 60 percent of the world’s Christmas decorations, the Jinping family, working in one of the factories, have no idea what the bubble stars and stockings will be used for. Nor does the elder Jinping know about the culture of Christmas.
Most overseas orders were delivered by the end of September. More recent orders are for domestic customers.
Thanks to increasing domestic demand, factories in Yiwu are not doing too badly this year, despite a slump in markets overseas. According to the Christmas Market Association of Yiwu, foreign demand has shrunk from 80 percent of all orders to 60 percent, while demand from northern Chinese cities has been increasing.
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