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As a resident in the basement puts it, “Despite of the darkness and humidity, it makes me feel at home.” (Photo/ cnhubei.com )

People living in basements tell the broader story of a China on the move, which is undergoing the world’s biggest tide of migration and a generational shift to an urban income and lifestyle.

As a photographer put it, “If I went into it hoping to document the tough and musty life of these migrants, I would have been inspired by their spunky fighting spirit and life-affirming aspirations.”

Migrant workers in China are those who leave their hometowns and move to larger cities in search of better-paying work. Migrant workers often do jobs that most urban citizens would not consider, from the most menial types of labor such as serving tables, working on the Foxconn assembly lines, to picking up and sorting garbage.



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Yu Jingmei's father works as a decorator. For a better education, her father sent the sisters an urban school. They left their rural home in Huangpi and started their urban life in the basement which the family shelled out all the savings for. (Photo/ cnhubei.com )

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The hard cement floor separates the basement from the world above ground. The basement, used to be an open ground, was divided into large and small rooms. Theses rooms are dark, damp and with strong smell. (Photo/ cnhubei.com )

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Xiao, 54, was born in Wuhan. She has been living in basement for more than two years. She lives with her two sons and daughters-in-law. After her grandchildren were born, she hoped that her sons can move out of the basement and have their own home. (Photo/ cnhubei.com )

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Xie Zengfeng works as a truck driver in the city. The family lives in a 40-square-meter basement. Xie’s wife works in a clothing factory. They have two daughters, who live in their rural hometown. The basement is their temporary shelter. They planned to buy a home in the city. (Photo/ cnhubei.com )

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Many migrant workers settle down in the basement after they moved so many times. They decorated their rooms and started their life underground. (Photo/ cnhubei.com )

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Liu, 53, moved into the basement one year ago. She was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Her son does not have a job. Liu’s husband delivers newspaper. The family mainly lives on Liu’s daughter’s income. (Photo/ cnhubei.com )

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