Check out these beautiful, and likely last, pics of Dongxiaokou Village, a neighborhood in the midst of Beijing’s largest scrap yard where people carve out lives amongst trash and dust. This bleak locale, called the “City of Wastes” will be demolished this summer, and replaced by office buildings and condos.
Due to the low rent, a 24-year-old working young man, Li Xiao-yu chose to live in this village. Yesterday was reportedly the last day that he could surf the net at his home.
900 waste recycling stations were once stationed on this site, and had provided over 30,000 people with jobs.
A group of female workers tend to second-hand timber. Everyday wood, metal, plastic and paper waste from half of the capital was sent to the village. After simple treatments, these were then sent to Tangshan, Baoding, Handan, Hangzhou, and Guangzhou for further processing.
A family lives in a simple tenement near the village. Aside from the local villagers, most of the residents here are from Henan. Despite being low profile, many people made money by collecting waste, and donating the money to road and school construction in their hometowns.
A Worker’s Primary School student passes by the main commercial street of the “City of Wastes”. Parents who earned a living collecting trash did not want future generations following their paths. Therefore, once their children reached the age of 6, they would send them to the Workers’ Primary School.
This 8-year-old girl, Yi Min, followed her parents here a few years ago. Although the environment was dirty, she thought that this place was ideal.
The Dongxiaokou Village market
Discarded toys from children in inner-Beijing became the playthings for children in the “City of Wastes”.
A group of performers entertain the residents, before they leave the village for good.
A resident making a cooking fire. This summer, this resident and the rest of the Dongxiaokou villagers, will have to forge a new life elsewhere.
[Images Via News QQ]
By Jennifer Hui