Day 224: Do Not Enter

Security guard watches over  a parking garage exit.

Security guard watches over a parking garage exit.

I don’t know what the official numbers are, but based on my 10-month long, unofficial observation the two most common jobs in urban China are street sweepers and security guards, with the latter being the most plentiful. Security guards are everywhere, whether they are necessary, or not; Lilong entrances, parking lot entrances–even the ones with automatic gates–apartment compounds (our compound has three guards at each entry a doorman at each building and a desk attendant in every lobby), construction sites,fake markets, metro stations, park entries, office buildings, ferry stations, bus stations, train stations, churches and malls. Usually in pairs and often sleeping.

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