A 35-year-old man who makes around 3,000 yuan a month working as a truck loader at a logistics company in Jinan city says he has been living in a dark and narrow cave for around six months so that he can save money to send to his family in the Doufuying village of Handan city, Hebei province.
Shi Zhiyong is the bread earner for his family, which includes his parents, wife and two young sons. Five year ago, he decided to find a job in Jinan city in the hope of earning more money to take care of them, Xinhua News reports.
“Working as a truck loader can bring in around 3,000 yuan in Jinan but only 1,800 yuan in my hometown,” Shi told reporters, adding that the higher salary motivated him to move, even if it meant living far away from his family.
Shi only spent around 200 yuan on his rent, cellphone fees and alcohol, as his company provides him three meals. When he discovered the 10-meter-deep cave while taking a stroll on Yaoshan Mountain last September, he decided to live there to save the 100 yuan he’d spent on his rent. The cave was chiseled out for military purposes back in the 1970s, according to Shi.
Since September, he’s been telling his family that he stays in his company’s dorms or in hotels.
Shi told reporters that he wakes up at around 6:00 a.m. in the morning and uses the company restroom to wash his face and brush his teeth. Upon returning from work, he showers in the public bathroom at the bottom of the mountain.
By Lucy Liu
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