CREDIT: Sim Chi Yin / VII / Courtesy United Photo Industries & Magnum Foundation.
Â“Big RainÂ” (Â“da yuÂ” in Mandarin), 21, a KTV lounge worker, decorated his basement room with a happy display of balloons. He lives in room A12 of a basement beneath BeijingÂ’s north Third Ring Road. Originally from Heilongjiang in ChinaÂ’s northeast, heÂ’s been in Beijing for the past year. He sleeps in the day and wakes up around 7 or 8pm to do his hair at a salon and then grabs a cab to go to work. Giving only his surname Chen, he said: Â“IÂ’m 1.8 m tall, weigh 120 jin (about 60kg), am male and interested in girls. What else do you want to know?Â” He was planning to move out. Â“ItÂ’s too humid here,Â” he grumbled.
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