In China, where camps are notorious for overcrowding and poor living conditions, people have little choice but to spend their weekends in them.
For many of those in the camps, they have little time to make plans for the holidays, because they’re not allowed to leave until January.
“I can’t leave until December,” said an elderly woman who only gave her first name, Liu.
“It’s very hard to go to the supermarket.”
While most of the Chinese camps in the United States are operated by government agencies, some private companies, such as Camp David and Camp Everest, provide some basic services, such at getting meals and cleaning up.
Camp Everest’s chief operating officer, Dan Togos, told NBC News that it offers services like laundry and cleaning and “other things like providing a place to sleep, toiletries, a hot meal, and other things.”
The Chinese government has taken action to address the camps’ overcrowding.
In January, the Ministry of Public Security issued a decree that ordered private companies to make changes to improve the camps and to ensure that children are not allowed out of their families.
It also said they must give the camps a “good and solid basis for the long-term survival of the camp.”
For its part, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said it has a team working on camps in China and plans to expand it in the future.
“Camp Everest has a long history of working with China to make sure that people who are in camp do not have access to food or medicine and are also able to access medical care,” said USDA spokeswoman Lisa Paskett.
“We are looking to expand the camps into areas that have not been explored, such it could include more remote areas, such places where food and medicine are scarce or not available, as well as the larger urban areas.”
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is also working on a camp in China, but said it hasn’t decided where it will open.
The United Nations says that Chinese camps are overcrowded with people who live in tents and tents with little access to clean water.
It’s also been found that children who are too young to get permission to leave their parents or guardians are taken to the camps as adults.
“The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of children, Mimi Vang, told The Associated Press that some camps in Chinese cities have more than 100 children living in them.”
China has said it plans to open up the camps to the general public.
But as of yet, the government hasn’t provided any information about how it plans on doing that.