October 27, 2007

Shanghai Informal Economy

Along with Shanghai's commercial building and finance capital boom of the past two decades has come a huge influx of new residents. Many of these come from the immediately surrounding region. Because of hukou (household registration) restrictions, these people are unable to seek formal employment. Others, are simply trying to make a few extra yuan on the side.

Toy Vendor

These things cost 40 cents each. It'd be
tough enough without ten people selling the same schlock in the same


This busker is playing in the tunnel under the intersection of Beijing East Road and the Bund.

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