Anger is growing as migrant workers are being forced from their homes or face unaffordable rents for renovated housing
Now retired, Xiao spends her free time picking plastic bottles out of trash. I get 0.2-0.3 jiao (a fifth of one pence) a piece. One night is enough to cover breakfast for my daughter and her small child, she says. The rest of our expenses are covered by my daughter, who earns 3,000 yuan (342) a month working at a nearby shopping mall.
The three share a small apartment in Guoxia, one of Shenzhens 1,044 urban villages spaces filled with low-rent, often shoddily built, housing. She is among the hundreds of thousands of low-income, migrant residents who are expected to be displaced over the next few months, as part of the citys planned upgrade.
Xiao was given her eviction notice in June and the family is looking for another place to live. But they are not optimistic.
Soon, only people with high salaries will be able to live here, says a shop owner in Guoxia. Because a lot of people are moving, fewer people are buying things from us. It has been hurting businesses around the village. But what can we do?