Think your job is really tough? How about switching occupations with Wu Yougen then?
For the last 30 years, Wu has worked as a porter at Mt. Jiuhua in Anhui province, carrying supplies up hundreds upon hundreds of stone steps to one of the temples at the top of the sacred mountain. Now 66 years old, Wu is finding that the journey is a bit harder to make than it was in his younger days.
Every 20 to 30 steps, Wu lays down the burden on his shoulders for a quick rest while tourists pass him by. Once he’s caught his breath, Wu puts the pole weighed down with heavy bags back on his shoulder, grabs his staff and heads up another 20 or 30 steps.
Apart from a short break for lunch, this is how Wu’s day passes. It takes him 8 hours to climb the mountain to the top where he hands over the 70kg of goods and receives his pay — 84 yuan.
Obviously, this profession isn’t for everyone. Back in 2014, a one-armed porter announced that he was ready to quit after trekking up Mount Hua 4,000 times in 14 years.
[Images via ChinaNews]
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