Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Poor & Destitute In Xining BUT Are They???

Xining is the largest city on the Tibetan Plateau and sits at an elevation of about 2280m. Xining has a diverse population of over 1.2 million.

The east area of downtown is home to most of Xining's 350,000 Muslims. Halal restaurants, butchers and stores are found everywhere. One can find a good bowl of beef noodles anywhere.

One particular street in Xining is lined with many street beggars. The poor and the destitute. But no. For the almost 40 minutes I sat inside the car, I observed that these street people were well dressed, some even carrying handbags and wearing beautiful earrings with nice bag packs and they can easily be richer than many people. All of them were ladies - young and old. The children are trained to do their job well. One particular child, age around 3 or 3 plus was clearly an amateur and she was heavily reprimanded and ignored by, what I believe, was her mother.

The little girl in pink tracks in the video clip had a good field day. She was clearly the winner amongst the whole group and I dare safely say she can easily chalk up more than CNY100 in a day, going by what I witnessed in that 40 minutes
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