“China’s Christmas Village” is located in Yiwu, a city in the Zhejiang Province. Though there are no elves, snow or reindeer in sight, Yiwu produces around 60% of the world’s Christmas decorations.
The UN referred to the real Christmas village as the “largest small commodity wholesale market in the world,” and it’s easy to see why. In the region’s 600 factories, migrant laborers work exhausting 12-hour days, assembling a majority of the ornaments, snowflakes, tinsel and other decorations by hand. Despite working long hours and being exposed to various chemicals, employees only earn about $460 a month.