A Day In The Life Of A Young Recent Graduate Worker In Xi’an

Passengers on a bus in China.

Passengers on a bus in China.
From Mop:

I am a member of the working tribe [working class], and although this group of photographs were not taken on the same day, my life every day is the same. These photos represent a day in my life.

I am a member of the ant tribe [young recent graduate working class], and although everyday I “crawl” from a “village in the city” [or “city village”, like a “ghetto” or “slum”] to the office, but from the same process everyday, I have used my mobile phone to capture fleeting differences.

So this is “a day” in my life.

Every morning, this is where I wait for the bus, and these are those also waiting for the bus. After awhile, everyone begins recognizing each others’ faces.

Young Chinese workers waiting at a bus stop.

In order to avoid being late, I wake up very early to take the bus, and often see the buses absolutely empty.

Empty seats on a Chinese bus.

After getting off the bus, I have to walk two stops before getting to the office. Every time I pass by this high-rise facing the street, I get nervous. This four-story old-fashioned office building’s outer walls are all cracked, but you cannot see them here in this photograph.

The outside of an old building in China.

After getting to the office, everyday I cannot help but watch this slow-moving clock, like a snail before my eyes slowly moving its needle.

A clock hangs on the wall of an office.

Noon, time to eat. Every person hastily eats and hastily leaves.

Chinese walking on the street at lunch time.

I envy these older people who can sit in a restaurant without people and slowly drink soup.

Older Chinese drinking soup in a restaurant in China.

Settle accounts, pay the bill, calculate money, either way they are all the same.

A young girl calculating the restaurant bill.

On the way back after eating, a deliveryman was hit by a taxi, the person flipping a few times in the air. He was lying on the ground, but when driver said, “Why didn’t you watch for cars?” he sprang up, however limping from his injured leg.

Scene of a motor accident, a man limps.

This is a sunny day, everyone’s faces are smiling.

Two Chinese men walking on the sidewalk laughing on a sunny day.

Working in the afternoon can get very sleepy, so the smoking area is a good place.

A sign for a smoking area in a Chinese office.

On the way home after work, I will always encounter people different from the norm.

A homeless man on the sidewalk.

The bus stop I wait at everyday will always have many street vendors, pushing their little carts, some selling flowers, some selling fruits. Observing them can sometimes alleviate the anxiety of waiting for the bus.

Street vendors at a bus stop in China.

Sometimes, you will encounter traffic, and the driver will not hesitate to reverse and find another way in order to make time. As everyone was looking back, I pressed the shutter.

Passengers on a bus in China.

Ever since certain incidents happened at various kindergartens throughout the country, kindergartens have implemented a set time when the gates are open. Since then, every day I pass by the front of the kindergarten there is a long orderly line.

Parents lining up to pick up their children at a kindergarten in China.

Sometimes when looking at all the yellow and red hair, I wonder if I am a foreigner or if they are foreigners.

Female passengers on a Chinese bus.

Seeing him, I think back to my youth that I was happy enough to simply be borrow a virtual pet to play with.

A young Chinese schoolboy plays with his PSP on his bus ride home.

Though small, there is everything. This is the village within the city.

A "city village" in China.

Surrounding the television watching the World Cup. When the Korean team scored a goal, everyone chose to be silent.

Chinese men watching the World Cup on a small television.

A typical restaurant in the city village.

A typical restaurant in a Chinese "city village".

Entering the city village, the setting sun shines upon the bodies of every member of the ant tribe.

The sun sets over a Chinese "city village".

Comments from Mop:


This is basically a wasted day! The people living this kind of life in China today does not exceed 10%, those living in the slums are all migrant workers, whores, old losers, or swindling hooligans. When these slums are completely transformed/rehabilitated then these kinds of people would no longer be there, and then we would have harmonious cities.


The 5th floor [commenter above] is doomed.


Brother  sees “情侣用品” [lover’s products, adult products].


Mop these days lacks original [content], I saw this post on KDNet one month ago.


It is the fifth floor [first translated comment here] who is a true Mopper. No matter what the post topic is, always hold an opposing opinion!


Sigh, even though this kind of life is one that we are all living, how come it is so dreary from a reader’s perspective?


The fifth floor’s asshole has probably tightened up, and is looking for someone to loosen it for him.


That building with the cracks should be on the southeast corner of the Hanguang Road circle/roundabout.
Louzhu rides the 706 bus line.
The place where the accident happened is Sheng Ti Xi Men.
The ** beautiful girl is at “Hanguang Road stop”, opposite Tan Chang Hotel.
Evaluation of the above.


[We share] The same life, the same environment, the same experience.


Actually, everyone has overlooked the main point [of this post]. The traffic accident is the real highlight.
This brother is too unlucky, louzhu‘s life everyday is the same, and sees the same thing everyday.
So isn’t this brother getting hit every day for the louzhu to see?

Is life the same every day? chinaSMACK personals.


Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.


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