Commission said that more than 231,000 college students graduated from universities in
Beijing last year, but 37.5 percent of employed graduates chose to work outside the capital.
A female college student surnamed Zhang said that she chose to w
ork in Wuhan, Hubei province, after graduating from Tsinghua University in June, 2018.
“The biggest reason driving me away from Beijing was the living cost,” she said. “Tho
ugh I can earn 8,000 ($1,160) or even 10,000 yuan a month in Beijing, the rent may cost me 3,000 yuan or more ea
ch month, let alone other expenses such as meals, transportation and getting together with friends.”
In contrast, some so-called new first-tier cities like Chengdu, Sichua
n province; Hangzhou, Zhejiang province; and Wuhan have sprung up as new at
tractions to college graduates for their cheaper living costs and preferential policies to newcomers.
Zhang Tianhang, a pet photographer based in Beijing, has taken photos of over 10,000 stray animals over the past eight ye
ars. Working with animal shelters, he is determined to raise people’s awareness of these abandoned pets and find them a new home.
“You won’t believe these are photos of the same dog,” Zhang said, pointing at two picture
s showing a dog before and after a complete makeover. “The animals feel so much happier if someone cares for them.”
This lucky dog got adopted by Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan, whic
h made Zhang believe in his cause even more. “Every dog is adorable. We want people to
see that and give them a home,” he said. “You just need to connect with the animals, let them trust you.”
Many of Zhang’s “models” have been adopted by local people, and
some even start a new life overseas. Zhang hopes more people will consider adoption ins
tead of buying a pet at the store. “It’s a very big responsibility, usually over 10 years,” he said.