A fashionable pastime for young Chinese white-collar workers

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In China, after a normal day at the office, many young white-collar workers load up their car boots with merchandise and set off to the shopping districts to set up their stalls. They sell anything from clothes, shoes, hats and ornaments to cosmetics and stationery.

It is a common occurrence in big cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Fuzhou, Qingdao and Hangzhou, and is becoming ever more popular. Teachers, civil servants and office workers can be found among the stall owners. Most of them earn decent salaries and own a house and a car, which is very different from the impression that we have of traditional stall owners depending solely on their sales to make their living.

According to a survey of about 1,500 young white-collar workers, 60 per cent seek a second job. The main reason for this is to increase their income. 18.3 per cent want to have a go at running their own business, while 14 per cent want to experience something new.

Although their reasons for owning a stall are varied, it is seen as a fashionable pastime for many middle-class white-collar workers in China.

Xiaojun from Shanghai, China

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