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Santa's workshop in Yiwu goes electric

By Yan Yiqi in Yiwu, Zhejiang Province | China Daily | Updated: 2015-12-14 08:05

Elves disguised as middlemen snap up electronic toys, giving a boost to exports in 2015

Floating above one of many lanes in the crowded Yiwu Small Commodities Market in Zhejiang province, a balloon shark is "swimming" in the air, waving its tail. Unlike traditional balloons that float whichever way the wind blows, the shark responds to a remote controller.

The toy was a hit with middlemen who did their pre-Christmas shopping months ago in the market that boasts to be the world's largest seller of mass-manufactured retail shop goods. Electronic toys like the shark, or cars that transform into robots as they scoot around, are the big items this year.

Santa's workshop in Yiwu goes electric

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