A Day in the life – Rural China

After living in rural China for 10 months there are many things that happen every day that we don’t give a second thought to, but may be somewhat uncommon back home. In general, things almost never go as planned, every day is an adventure in overcoming stereotypes and/or ignorance, and some things … well, some things you just have to experience yourself to fully appreciate. That said, here are a few average pictures that capture every-day life in China. 

A Day in the Life in Rural China:


A class of 3rd graders (46 Students) … as a TEFL teacher I see 12 classes like this two times a week.

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A firework exploding outside of our apartment late at night. Fireworks are shot off at all hours of the day and for many different reasons. Daily fireworks explode for weddings, businesses opening, and amusement.


Street Food! Deep fried bread with meat inside (baozi). Delicious, filling, and less than $2 USD will render you stuffed.


Sunset outside of Pingdingshan (the big city for us)! This photo was taken from a taxi and is a fairly common scene from where we are at.

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Taking a picture with a random local who came out of her shop to take a picture. Anyone who has been to China will be able to relate with the “random photo ops” :)

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Jess taking pictures with more strangers in Jia Xian.

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The night market in our town. It’s open all night, the food is super cheap, and everything tastes awesome!


20 Tomatoes, 12 Cucumbers, 17 Onions, 70 Green Peppers …. $3.25 USD! It is absolutely amazing how cheap vegetables are in rural China; and all this was pulled out of the ground the same day and sold off the street directly in front of the fields.


A crappy picture of a common bus ride. The busses always seem to start and end in random locations, rarely leave at any sort of pre-determined time, and are almost always packed…. these are the busses that connect the small rural cities of China (from a regular bus station things are usually more reliable).


This is actually the way into a major bus station in Zhenghou, Henan, China. Zhengzhou is a huge city and is the capital city of Henan provence. This picture shows the dirt walkway that zigzags between and through a major construction site.

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Sunset over Jiaxian… even rural China can have moments of beauty.

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