Monday, November 24, 2014

Christmas in Yiwu

This was utterly fascinating. The biggest market of its kind in the Chinese city of Yiwu:

To get a sense of the scale and context I caught the shuttle bus that circles the Market. It took an hour to make a loop around the perimeter. I spent a day walking the length of the market by myself from District 5 to District 1, clocking in 22km of corridors according to the fitbit pedometer I wore. Perhaps I would have been better off accepting a ride from the men who circle the Districts offering to whisk you on a motorbike to an entrance of your choice for a modest fee.

This is the other side of the story of container shipping.

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