Five years ago, Ding Zhifa, 25, joined a construction manager coming from Anhui Province to work on a construction site in Beijing. This site manager knew another inhabitant of Ding Zhifa's village, and the connexion led the young man to finding employment. Ding Zhifa is now a specialized worker in the renovation of buildings. He earns 65 Yuans per day, about $300 per month, working ten-hour days and seven-day weeks. His salary is more than he could hope to earn in Hefei, where the workers earn $230 per month. For five years now, Ding Zhifa has visited his father for the lunar new year. This year, Ding Zhifa is celebrating his wedding with Cai Xingju, a 24-year-old woman from the neighboring village.
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