tibetan tour guide
Life in China is like this for the average person in rural china (remember that the average income per person in China is a little over 1,000 USD ~8,000 Y a year) :
Income: about 30 Y a day for being a tour guide. Not working every day, therefore annual income is about 5-6,000 Y a year.
Education (supposedly free) for 2 kids =1,000 Y a year
Water = 120 Y a year
Electricity =300 Y a year
Tax =500 Y a year
leaving about 3-4,000 Y a year for food and clothing (and some basic transport, though horses are enough it seems!). which is 500 USD for a family of 4 people -who are not farmers (and do not grow their own food). And this is a good enough life.. the family is ok. This is the China that most people forget about.. just thinking of the rich businessmen, the polluting factories and all the upper class owning cars.