Sunday, October 15, 2006

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
no rent

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.


At 11:31 am, Blogger Jingwei said...

Adam, this reminded me of something I saw recently. The guy who just won No1 at an idol show (or you call talent competition, whatever) is from Tibet. He tried to study in art uni but his parents couldn't even afford that. Then he had to give up and went to Jiu Zhai Gou to sing in the night clubs to earn money and learn along the way. So tough and so sad. Though he finally got through all the difficulties. This reminded me of the conversations we had in Zhongguo Network that really few (like me) got lucky to be born in the cities and can afford education. Sigh~


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