Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Yantai - North - On the northern edge of the city, in a concealed courtyard an old building's door is sealed, this is common in China. The owners of the building may be the government or the building may have been confiscated for various reasons by the government. This building is now deserted and empty. - morning
Yantai - East - A pale blue/grey door at Shandong Institute of Business & Technology, with the number 14 painted on it for no apparent reason (14 being a 'cardinal number 1 more than 13 or 10 plus 4) - morning
Yantai - North - In a "nong tang" (alley) on the northern edge of the city lace curtains with a typical Chinese scene of a pagoda and sea shore (as seen in Yantai) in the window of an old residential dwelling - afternoon
Yantai - Centre - A woman on her bicycle with large "spring onions" strapped to the back of her bike, travels along a "nong tang" (alley) on the northern edge of the city - late afternoon
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Yantai - Central - Three Muslim men at their small stall/restaurant that specializes in 'meat on sticks' roasted over coals, near the entrance to a large supermarket in the centre of the city - late afternoon
Yantai - Central - Sitting outside a fast food restaurant in the centre of the city, a Muslim migrant worker selling fruit from baskets, covers her face with her hands - afraid that I (the photographer) will discover that she is not registered as a legal citizen of Shandong province. (This I assume is from habit)
In China all people (Men, women and children over thirteen) must carry "id"; cards, these are used to identify your residential status, your ethnic origins as well as which "work-unit", you belong. A work unit is for example - if you work for a factory you belong to that factories work-unit.
China currently is experiencing the largest movement (migration) of people the world has ever witnessed, this is causing great dissorder in many of the eastern (more developed) cities, due to the poor conditions and the lack of employement opportunities for "unskilled" labor.
Yet many from China's north and west continue to migrate south and east in search of a better life for themselves and their children, some legally but most illegally.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Yantai - Central - A man unloads a 'biketruck' of waste paper, soon to be recycled, whilst another notes the 'load' in a small backstreet in the centre of the city - afternoon
Yantai - On a busy road in the centre of the city a Muslim sultana vendor stands by his 'biketruck', with the back of the bike loaded up with piles of fresh sultanas counting his days 'takings' - afternoon photo: mhobbs
Yantai - Central - Afternoon light falls onto a peeling painted sign on an old building housing an arcade of "Yantai Curio's" in the centre of the city - afternoon
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