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Beijing’s Migrant Workers’ Lunch Scene- Life Is Hard But Everyone …

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Beijing’s Migrant Workers’ Lunch Scene- Life Is Hard But Everyone Is Smiling

On the sidewalk of the road east of Chaoyang Road Materials College in Beijing, thousands of migrant workers (or literally, peasant workers) gather here for lunch and dinner every day. Street vendors emerge one after another,offering a variety of Chinese food popular among migrant workers. “It will cost 7 yuan to full your stomach, and 10 yuan will be able to eat well.”, said the man.

Business is pretty good at various stalls, and migrant workers from time to time buy meals from the roadside.

“I come here very often. It’s close to my worksite and it’s not expansive.”

Cheap plastic stools and shaky, oily tables are everywhere along the roadside.

Maybe it’s not a bad idea to have your hair cut after the meal. What would you say?

The peasant workers do not expect delicacies of the food. All they want is to fill their stomachs. Basically everyone can come and setup up a rack, wok, gas, supplies, and you’re ready to go start selling your lunch boxes. Did I mention that no license is required?

Workers lined up to buy food at a stall. The peasant workers on the construction site ate luncheons outdoor. I noticed that some only have ordered vegetables, no meat, and little oil can be found in these veggies. Some workers bring food of their own, and just order a small dish of boiled Napa/cabbage, then

ask for some hot water as drink. Peppered sauce in this case can be of good use.

A one-man stall: table, wok, and supplies.

The health conditions of the stalls are worrisome and the food is piled up in the open air.

Migrant workers eat at the roadside stalls.

A migrant worker drinks water after a meal.

A bowl of rice porridge and two buckwheat pancakes for lunch is not rare-seeing. Wondering whehter it provides sufficient energy for their daily labor.

Beijing’s roadside lunch market: crowds, traffic, stools, and trash.

A stall owner is preparing food customers.

Hundreds of construction workers on large construction sites eat bread, fried noodles, and lunch boxes outdoor in cold weather. There were no tables and stools, and construction workers could only solve the lunch by the cold wind.Seeing this scene, my heart is sour. How about you? And don’t forget that

this is Beijing, the capital city of China. So for those classifying China as a ‘developed’ economy, stop the joke.