China’s inequality in visuals

Davey Meelker

China is booming. It is a matter of time before it will have the world’s biggest economy. Still, for a long time to come it will be a developed and a developing country in one. The average GDP per capita of the coastal provinces is ten times bigger than that of the western provinces. The country transformed from one of the most egalitarian countries in the world to one of the most unequal in recent decades. This blog will visually show you China’s two different sides.

While rich Chinese can afford a cup of overpriced coffee…

…others have to rely on other resources. The amount of money they earn in one day is often almost the same as the price of the coffee from the shop above.

In western China people still kill, dry and eat their own cattle

China, the country of mega cities and mud-brick cities.

The country where people live in caves and skyscrapers.

Where people live in modern apartment buildings in the east and mud huts in the west.

Billions of dollars are spend on the Olympics…

…while millions live in inadequate housing.

Some drive in the most luxurious cars, while others have to improvise another way to travel.

Some can afford the most expensive brands, while others have to carry sewage waste for as long as they can stand.

This blog only shows a few examples of the huge gap between rich and poor in China. Only a small part of the population take, often through corruption, a huge part of the country’s assets. Many Chinese we met are deeply concerned with this issue. They stress that China’s inequality will lead to civilian turmoil eventually. It is up to the government to tackle this. Either, by closing the great the gap or by military force when it is already too late…

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