Happy Monday! This week’s photo theme: Things in Yiwu.
Yiwu (simplified Chinese: 义乌; traditional Chinese: 義烏; pinyin: Yìwū) is a city of about 1.2 million people in central Zhejiang province, China. Its built-up (or metro) area made of Yiwu and Dongyang cities was home to 2,038,413 inhabitants at the 2010 census. The city is famous for its small commodity trade and vibrant market and is a regional tourist destination… “Yiwu, 300 kilometres away from Shanghai, is the largest market of petty commodity wholesales in the world where various foreign buyers go to place orders”, according to ‘Chinese Figures Astonishing the World’, joint report from the United Nations,the World Bank and Morgan Stanley.
Hard to put into words just what “the largest market of petty commodity wholesales in the world” looks like, so this week we’ll be putting it into pictures (and one video).
Above: rubber chickens in Yiwu, as photographed on a recent trip there by Radii’s founder Brian Wong.