Survival in adversity

Pan Wang


For many Chinese people, 2020 is the year of survival. Only by living can there be hope. Novel coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19) is spreading in China and around the world. In this disaster, everyone is in the same position. During this epidemic, I experienced three times of 14 day compulsory home isolation. When the epidemic was gradually controlled, the Chinese government began to cope with the downward pressure of the economy and gradually promoted the resumption of work and production. In six months, I visited dozens of provinces and cities in China, and photographed the current living situation of the people in this deeply troubled country.

In China's urban epidemic prevention management and control, governments at all levels have spent a lot of money to deal with the spread of the epidemic. The home isolation without leaving home is strict and effective. Although people in remote areas have weak awareness of epidemic prevention, with the deterioration of the epidemic situation, people gradually know the seriousness of the situation.

In terms of economy, industrial production and demand have shrunk significantly, the profits of industrial enterprises have decreased significantly, small and medium-sized enterprises are more difficult to operate, and the unemployment rate has gradually increased. With the outbreak of the epidemic, many enterprises have to declare bankruptcy. The tourism, hotel and catering industries have suffered heavy losses. Shops have withdrawn their rents because of the pressure of rent. Real estate companies are looking for breakthroughs and choosing online sales. Many local leaders and Star public figures are selling goods online, which promotes local economy. Schools are delayed and offline education institutions are closed one after another,

This epidemic is still spreading all over the world. a new round of epidemic prevention and control has begun, the war is still going on, and there is still no accurate answer to when it will end.

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  • People's Liberation Army (PLA) honor guards of the army, navy and air force, who are responsible for raising the national flag at Tiananmen Square, walk past the Meridian Gate of the Palace Museum wearing masks in Beijing, China. May 24, 2020.

  • Zheng Xue, a 21-year-old female worker on the assembly line in a notebook computer factory. Hefei City, Anhui Province, China, October 30, 2020.

  • Farmers looking for work on the street surround an employer Although all over the country began to resume work and production, it was not easy to find a job. in Yanguan Town, Li County, Longnan City, Gansu Province, China,June 9, 2020.

  • An old woman opens up wasteland outside the factory wall. Kunshan City is an economically developed area in China. Under the influence of the cowid-19 epidemic, there are no self-sufficient families, the elderly living alone, the disabled, and the orphans without support Under the epidemic situation, who will guarantee their basic livelihood if their economic foundation is already weak? Who will help in case of emergency? This is a difficult problem for the government. in Kunshan City, Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China, September 23, 2020.

  • There is a long line of people burning incense and praying at Lama Temple(Yonghe Palace). During the epidemic period, the Buddhist temple, which is a national high-level Buddhist temple, took measures to close the hall, suspend the opening of religious places and all collective religious activities. On July 29, 2020, the Lama Temple(Yonghe Palace) will be reopened in an orderly manner. in Dongcheng District of Beijing, China, November 7, 2020.

  • Two men wearing masks stay away from the crowd in the open woods The Chinese government requires people to wear masks strictly and not to gather. in Changping ,China.District of Beijing. March 15, 2020.

  • A businessman wearing a mask looks through his mobile phone while waiting for customers at an antique market in Beijing, China, on May 16, 2020.

  • A peddler waits on the street,Many enterprises closed down because of the epidemic, resulting in an increase in the unemployment rate, individual survival is extremely difficult. in Haiyuan County, Zhongwei City, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China,August 7, 2020.

  • Fishermen prepare to go home by boat in Beihai City, Guangxi Province, China on November 26, 2020.

  • Several young men, in order to win the attention of fans on the Internet, became popular network anchors with traffic, dressed up as women to do live video on the street, attracting tourists. in Hengdian Town, Dongyang City, Jinhua City, Zhejiang Province, China, October 6, 2020.

  • A girl who tried to commit suicide, after swallowing a large amount of sleeping pills on the street, cried out that she was suffering from depression and emotional crisis. The stranger who passed by called the police, and she was rushed to the hospital for rescue. in Hengdian Town, Dongyang City, Jinhua City, Zhejiang Province, China October 6, 2020.

  • A man plays erhu at home The instrument began in the Tang Dynasty and has a history of more than 1000 years,in Dushan County, Qiannan Buyi and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province, China.July 31, 2020.

  • Children play at an entertainment facility in a small town fair in Haiyuan County, Zhongwei City, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China, on August 6, 2020.

  • Beekeepers on Lishan Mountain, Lintong District, Xi'an City, Shaanxi Province, China, June 15, 2020.

  • A truck carrying simulation animals such as woolly mammoth and giraffe was ready to leave for Fujian. Because of the epidemic situation, these "animals" could not continue to operate and could only be sold. in Kunshan City, Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China, September 27, 2020.

  • The staff of massage shops were sleeping. Many shops were affected by the epidemic of cowid-19, resulting in poor operation. The network economy will grow rapidly in 2020, and the real economy will shrink seriously. In Pingyao ancient city, Jinzhong City, Shanxi Province, China,On September 19, 2020.

  • A sex worker sits in front of a shop For many people, the most important thing is to live healthily. in Yuanling County, Huaihua City, Hunan Province, China, September 8, 2020.

  • Two girls dressed in ancient Chinese costumes at Fenghuang ancient city scenic spot in Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Hunan Province, China, September 10, 2020.

  • People gather in front of a shop for dinner. With the normalization of the epidemic situation, many people gradually relaxed their vigilance and protection. in Dushan County, Qiannan Buyi and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province, China, on July 31, 2020.

  • Tourists pull their masks to their necks in Hengdian Town, The tourism industry gradually recovered during the National Day holiday. Dongyang City, Jinhua City, Zhejiang Province, China, October 2, 2020.