Hard for the Money

The wide boulevards and tree-lined lanes of Shanghai are splattered with more luxury brand stores than 5th Avenue or Rodeo Drive. Gucci, Prada, Ferrari, Maserati, Omega, Rolex and Louis Vuitton seem to be on every other block.

A woman gets her haircut on a Sunday afternoon.

A woman gets her haircut on a Sunday afternoon.

But walk around the corner and you are in the other China, the China where the vast majority of Renmin –the people– live, work, shop, and eat.

A man repairs a garment while his customer waits.

A man repairs a garment while his customer waits.

And they do it out in the open, on the streets and in the lilongs, or alley communities. Here you can get your haircut, have you coat mended, or your scooter repaired.

Moving Day: A man secures a load of household goods to his bicycle cart

Moving Day: A man secures a load of household goods to his bicycle cart

You can hire a delivery man to move your belongings and you can get a hot meal, cobble a shoe.

Here is where the ayi shops and the taxis driver eats, it is where the security guard gets his shoes and the retail clerk has her flat tire mended. It is China.

More pictures here: Shanghai Lens

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