China Lights #5: "I don’t mean to brag, but I’m pretty good with women"

Thoughts on sex, marriage, and death from a former Beijing "street kid"


China Lights#4: "My biggest regret is that I chose the wrong husband"

One woman's life from working the fields of Anhui to cleaning the streets of Beijing


China Lights #3: "I only earned 10 times less than Chairman Mao"

"If the Cultural Revolution hadn't life might have been completely different"—a retired factory worker recounts his life in Beijing amid upheaval and poverty

China Lights #2: “I was raided five times in three days”

“I’ve had a hell of a life!”—a bingtanghulu vendor (and ex-millionaire) shares his bittersweet memories


China Lights #1: “I carried cement bags for 11 years”

Deep dive into the story of a Chinese woman in a men’s world