Residents of Beijing's basement
• Residents of Beijing basements
Former champion once in the level of economic growth, China was now under the blow of the global financial crisis, as well as under the burden of ever-increasing spending to stimulate the economy in Beijing, most of which goes to fixed investments and real estate.
Result? The real estate bubble, a lot of mortgages from banks and stagnant consumer ratings.
Photographer Sim Chi Yin takes basement dwellers of Beijing, the so-called "rat race" of migrant workers, making up one third of the city population.
23-year-old Hye Bin tries rented a suit and tie on the eve of the interview for the position of the insurer. He lives in a room with two other people. Bean recently arrived in Beijing from Chongqing.
Big Rhine, 21 years old, an employee of the cocktail bar. In China, a lot of young and cheap labor, but the country is rapidly aging, and health care costs are likely to go through the roof.
Zhao Dan, a beautician, a little wider than a standard bed in his corner in the basement room. She pays him 350 yuan per month. Normal flatlet would cost her three times more expensive, and this is the best.
24-year-old Jiang Ying, a waitress, and a 23-year-old Li Ying, an office worker in his room in the basement in the heart of Beijing. Recently, domestic electricity consumption has shifted from a place in China, producing less than 40% of GDP. The government prefers to rely on fixed investments, despite warnings from the international financial enterprises.
33-year-old Niu Song reading a newspaper while his 32-year-old wife Zhao Anshen embroider. Both work in the restaurant chefs.
27-year-old Shang Lanlan in his basement room. Like many other urban migrants, Lanlan and her husband left her 5-year-old son and grandparents and moved to the capital to earn money.
53 years have Guocheng. After the divorce, I moved Guocheng in the small room of 12 square meters. m., which he takes for 650 yuan a month. Most of the day he was watching television, leaving the apartment only for a couple of hours to walk.
Liu Jing, 21 years old. She moved to the capital of Henan province and now runs a master pedicure. Crowds of migrants, making up one third of the total population of Beijing, faced with high prices and as a result are forced to live in cellars.