Zhang Jingjing, 6th grader. Father is a porter carrying loads. Mother is a sanitation worker.
Shan Erzai, porter. Makes over 1,000 yuan (US$160) a month. Eats one-meat-one-veggie combo with a bottle of beer for 5 yuan ($0.80).
Dong Song’e, sanitation worker. Her monthly pay varies and depends on circumstances. She cooks and brings her own lunch.
Shu Yong, owner of a newsstand, earns around 3,000 yuan ($460) a month. His lunch is taken care of by his wife with love.
Xu Yijing, owner of a boutique. Her monthly income varies with the market. Eats zongzi (pyramid-shaped rice dumpling) with a bottle of milk tea.
Li Zirui, graduating senior high school student. Her monthly allowance is 600 ($92). She spends 7 yuan ($1.10) on one-meat-one-veggie steamed combo.
Li Guo, police officer, makes 2,000 yuan ($307) a month. He dines at the police canteen.
Little Jie (pseudonym), white-collar worker, makes 3,000 yuan ($460) each month. His lunch is made up of two portions of meat, one portion of veggie and a can of coke.