In the nation where ancient history collides head-on with rapid modernization, China’s younger generation is starting to shun blue-collar employment in favor of more appealing office jobs. Lucky for China, the older generation still doesn’t seem to mind getting its hands dirty. Check out these photos of blue-collar Chinese workers (and some farm animals).
A woman sells Chinese red dates. She stuffed a bag full of over a hundred dates, weighed it out, then sold it to me for only 20 yuan ($3.28).
An old woman sits in the cold, selling vegetables.
A woman sells freshly prepared tsong you bing (fried Chinese pancake with scallions). It’s outrageously delicious, and it only costs 1 yuan ($0.16) per pancake.
A woman stands next to her roosters-for-sale.
A vendor sells sweet potatoes fresh out of his portable coal fire oven on a busy street corner.
An elderly woman smiles at a nearby friend.
A vendor stands in a cozy shack selling griddle-cooked sandwiches and Chinese sausages.
A man snacks, waiting for shoppers to come along and buy his caged chickens and roosters.
A woman smiles as the sun shines in her eyes.
Chinese clam farmers sift through mud to collect their day’s harvest.
A woman sits, hoping to sell her fresh oranges and mushrooms to passersby.
A man sits next to his cart in the cold.
A smiling woman sells fresh seafood.
A woman stands next to her cookware in an outdoor food stall. Click here to watch this woman cooking Chinese dumpling soup.
An encaged duck quacks angrily at passersby.
A man smiles for the camera.