The photographer Kim Kyung-Hoon showed how great is the abyss between the lives of rich and poor in China

The Reuters photographer originally from South Korea Kim Kyung-Hoon is carrying out his job in circumstances that are very complex, as for example in conflict areas, developing countries and other dangerous situations and stressful. He sacrifices the possibility of enjoying a comfortable work in a safe and comfortable place to change to tell the world the truth. prepared for you 36 images that this artist has shown how different is the life of the rich compared to the poor in China.

“I have seen lives of people tremendously different, from those who slept on the street to presidents and prime ministers, the stars, glamorous Hollywood walking along the red carpet to those in areas contaminated by radiation.”

In this picture, Kim Kyung-Hoon used protective clothing while working in the area of Minamisoma, devastated by an earthquake and a tsunami, which is located only 18 kilometers from the plant damaged in Fukushima.

1. The guests drink champagne as they await the start of a fashion show in Beijing

The local people are entertained with games of chance under the streetlights in an alley of a residential area for migrant workers.

China is the country of most rapid development, both in economic terms as scientists. Its annual GDP now ranks the second place after the united States. Of their provinces and areas of low development depart crowds of people towards the big cities, like the foreign workers. The rich and the poor, living a few meters of distance, we show the strong contrast existing and real in the bosom of the same country.

These people are fed, dressed and have conditions of life completely different and the time of leisure and entertainment is also totally different.

2. Celebrities and other guests attend a reception prior to the start of a fashion show that took place in the Park of the Ruins of the city Walls of the Ming Dynasty in Beijing.

Residents of the area for migrant workers in Beijing to see a spectacle of the traveling circus

Since 2013, the chinese government pulls out of the poverty about 10 million people a year. By the end of 2016, a few 55,64 million people lived above the poverty line. But underneath this is still a similar figure, and the authorities intend to combat it we look to the year 2020.

The government put each and every village or town depleted an industrial company to provide to its inhabitants new jobs. In the picture, the workers collect edible mushrooms in the people of Chenla, in the province of Jiangxi.

In 2014, the poor population of the city of Jinggangshan, also in Jiangxi province, reached nearly 17 percent. Now this figure has been reduced to 1.4 percent. Net income average low-income families increased from 378 USD to 680.

The local government has helped people to start their own business or find a job. This is how the most poor have been able to improve their living conditions.

3. The guests observed the old cars Rolls-Royce in the exhibition most prestigious in the world of luxury vehicles, foreign and expensive, which is held annually in California.

A man takes his family on an electric bike three wheels in Beijing.

“When I was a kid, we lived in a small house that we built on our own in the side of a mountain. My father took me by bicycle to school and back, often I would see books in the bookstore, but we could not permitírnoslos,” says the manager of one office, Yang Yanlin.

Due to its low price and above all, as a consequence of the traffic jams in the big cities, the bicycle has become the means of transport more popular. Most institutional buildings in China are home to spaces reserved for the parking of bicycles.

4. The childhood happy and carefree of a child from a wealthy family in Beijing.

Children of a poor family in the small room of a shared apartment, without any kind of comfort.

Chinese journalists have calculated that giving birth to and raising a child entails a cost of at least 300 billion USD. To achieve this amount, an average family of China, would have to stop eating and save that money for 23 years.

And although the law is “One family, one child” was suspended in 2015, the majority of young families are not in a hurry to take advantage of such suspension, for obvious reasons.

5. Women with high heels, during a photocall in Beijing.

The bare feet of a farmer covered in mud, just 80 kilometres from Beijing.

Although chinese agriculture has now become the world leader in terms of production, the economic situation of farmers remains extremely poor. The inhabitants came out in mass to the cities in search of greater economic stability.

In 1999, the agriculture copaba to 55 per cent of the active population. Now, this number dropped to 33 and for 2020 can be reduced to 25 percent, according to the newspaper “International Business Times”.

6. People sipping coffee in a five-star hotel in Beijing.

Families having lunch in the residential area for migrant workers in Beijing.

The chinese cuisine is very healthy (even in different economic categories), which turns this country into a nation that is fairly healthy. The salt in all the dishes was replaced by the aromatic herbs and soy sauce. Instead of sugar, opt for roots and sweet fruits that are added to their recipes. The fish, meat and vegetables prepare batter. Instead of bread, eat rice without salt.

Therefore, even the segments with less purchasing power of the population, they can afford a healthy, balanced diet, although of questionable quality, and not in a such pleasant conditions.

7. A woman paying for her purchases in a clothing store of luxury brand foreign.

A family passes in front of a traveling saleswoman who sells garments femininas in the market for migrant workers.

In China we find a large number of small and micro-enterprises, such as, for example, for the sale of clothes and bric-a-brac that, in general, are inherited from generation to generation. Often, these people work in the public way for several reasons: first, the rental of a venue is pretty high, and second, because the products are always in view and there is a conglomerate standing of potential buyers. Change of place means a return to having to attract the customers.

8. A woman with a fur coat keeps in his arms, his puppy, in the bookstore of an airport.

A dog looking for food in a garbage can at a residential area for migrant workers.

The treatment of the animals is identical to the differences and inequalities of China. Pets will adore, but who live without a home are killed with cruelty, in a way as simple as it crushes a cockroach. The chinese clearly distinguish between pets and “a lunch in the future.” On this, we recommend to pregnant women, children and weak of heart do not search any information in Google.

9. A child using the bathroom inside of a large shopping center.

A public bathroom in a neighborhood a half-demolished city, where it planned to build new skyscrapers.

If you live in a hotel or in a residential area of luxury and your route only covers you from the office to home and vice versa, the problem of the bathrooms will not be even perceived. But, as soon as you deviate from the path, then you’ll find the stench and terrible aspect of the public baths. In reality, the toilet is just a hole to the ground. Not only in public places, also in the housing.

10. Luxury stores of global brands in a shopping center.

A local shop in a residential area for migrant workers.

There are shops in China all around, as are many cafés, which tend to occupy the lower floors of all residential buildings. There are beaches for all tastes and are very colorful. In them are selling food, all kinds of trinkets and articles of first necessity. The luxury shops at the centre of major cities do not skimp on rent including pavilions and halls of the shopping centers most select.

11. The employee of a beauty salon demonstrates how it is the healing massage of the entire body and the body care treatments in a spa.

Different level of relaxation and comfort. A farmer exhausted, lies down to rest in the middle of the field. A child washing hair in a bowl to the foot of the street between mounds of garbage.

Many chinese are up at 5 in the morning to have time to prepare food, eat breakfast and go to work. The fondness for the delivery of labour and discipline among the chinese employees is universally known. Work then heat or cold, because you must move around to keep oneself and the family. And of course they get tired.

12. A new residential skyscraper in Beijing.

A condo built in the early ’90s in the suburbs of Beijing.

In large cities, such as Beijing and Shanghai, the rental housing, according to conservative estimates, is around us $ 450 per month, plus water, light and other activities for about 30 USD.

In general, a few practical examples of the cost of the same:

13. Chefs preparing food in a restaurant in a posh neighbourhood of Beijing. The dinner, for about 60-80 USD.

A street vendor prepares noodles in their “restaurant” impromptu in a old town almost in ruins. The men, having lunch on the street for about 1,60 USD.

  • A serving for lunch in a café for local people it costs between 1 and 2.5 USD.
  • Menu of the day with meat in a cafeteria: 7,41 USD.
  • Fried sausages on the street: 0,37 USD.
  • Ravioli chinese with beef or pork in a coffee shop, 12 units: $ 0.75.
  • Noodles with vegetables, stewed in the street: 0.99 USD.

To save money, the majority of migrant workers are forced to turn to the fast food of street vendors, turning a blind eye to the absence of the fulfillment of the sanitary norms. Usually eat squatting on the street, have already gotten used to that.

14. A woman walks her dog in a residential and commercial area distinguished of the city.

A man passes by an alley in an old residential neighborhood almost in ruins.

While home prices are gradually declining in the Uk and the USA, in China, these increase at a faster pace than in other countries. Evolution attracts investors and foreign buyers, that is why real estate activity is rising in the cities.

But for the same chinese, and the purchase of a home, even second hand, is often unattainable.

15. The representative of the Institute of the first social protection of the homes for the elderly of Beijing in your bedroom, in the nursing home.

An old man in a wheelchair in front of his house, in the residential area for migrant workers.

The chinese have a great respect for the elderly. A person between 60 and 70 years of age is not considered old, but wise. However, not all can make sure to enjoy a dignified old age.

More than 35 million older people are not able to take care of themselves, of which 12 million are fully deprived of their legal capacity. Entrepreneurs are investing now in the promotion of luxury homes for the elderly, accounted for more than 40 thousand. However, many low-income people can not pay for this service and are forced to live in precarious conditions.

Of course, China is not the only country in the world plagued by great contrasts. Diversity can also “boast” and many others. What about you, what things you know about China?

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