Beijing drifters's "into the City" Social Society of the Youth

The “in the city” socialization of the North drift youth

This article from the micro-channel public number: high UpFlow (ID: heyupflow), Author: Shao-wei, editor: sledgehammer

In the eyes of many relatives and friends from the hometown of Hebei, coming to Beijing as a first-tier city is tantamount to walking out of the provincial capital to the world, leading a "fine life" of clothes and clothing entering and leaving high-end apartments and office buildings.

However, they never imagined that I have been in Beijing for nearly four years and I am not even a "city person".

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As soon as he entered Beijing, he became a "village man" from now on.

One day in November 2015, after several large partitions and small apartments in the heavy snow in Beijing, I had no choice but to recognize a tragic reality: I couldn’t eat or drink the internship salary of 3,000 yuan a month. It was not enough for me to sleep peacefully for three months in the basement with only one bed outside the Fifth Ring.

Before coming, the house that had been carefully searched for in the school had been seen, and it was less than two hours away from the departure time of the train back to school, and the "one-day rental trip" in Beijing was basically cold.

At this moment, I suddenly received a call from a friend:

"I don't think about staying far away? I have lived in an apartment in Dongsha, and I have lived for 400 months."

"Well! You have lived on it! Oh, wait a minute, what did you say about sand?"

"Oh, anyway, you can rest assured that it is the place in Beijing."

"That's it!"

Now recollection, really admire oneself at that time big heart. Dongshagezhuang village such as the city village, in fact and Beijing do not exist in the same yuan. But it's not just me. The young people in Beijing live in the village.

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Beijing is an inclusive and contradictory city, as can be seen in the subway bus and scattered in Beijing in the village of the city can be reflected in the following:

The 500 elite, who clicked on high heels in the subway, scrambled for a seat with migrant workers; old Beijing and migrant workers in residential neighborhoods shared the same bathroom. Many Internet migrant workers living in Huilongguan often lamented their "urban alien lives," but there were also many apartments 10 kilometers away from the subway in the city posted "who said in another country, home".

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Do you think it's enough to squeeze a bus from a grass factory far away from the subway to work at Jiuxianqiao every day? I do not know that there is still a place called Cui Gezhuang two kilometers northeast of the grass factory;

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Do you think that the North Five Rings Tiantong Court is a dwelling? On the map, you start from Tiantongyuan North and follow Litang Road to the north. The three places of Dongsanqi, Pingxifu and Dongshagezhuang are also performing in the morning at the bus stop. "Life and death parting."

▲Source: Google Maps

▲ Image source: Weibo@北京公交

In addition, the Bagou and Tangjialing in the north and the Liuli Bridge in the south are also considered to be the urban villages with high reputation in Beijing. How many people started in these "village children" in a dozen square meters of small houses, eating ten yuan of lunch to maintain their lives until the end of the roots.

Small apartments everywhere in Shigezhuang | photo source: Tianya community @ mattspace

Many people choose to live in town villages for cheaper rents, but there are also many young people who live in them not just for the sake of a bargain.

▲ Baidu, Netease, Sina, Tencent respectively occupy a corner of a crossroads in Houchang Village | Source: Baidu Map

For example, the Internet migrant workers gathered in Yizhuang, Zhongguancun and Hou-chang Village have left their friends and busy business circles in the fourth Ring Road to come to these "urban-rural fringe areas," so that they can only get an extra 30-40 minutes' sleep in the morning. And bid farewell to the despair of queuing up to take a taxi after working overtime at night.

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This type of area differs from the village in the city mentioned above, and the biggest difference is that the rent of a house does not reflect the "simplicity" of a "village". The biggest resemblance is that commuters lose half their lives every holiday when they want to go downtown to spend time with friends.

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I have a programmer friend who works in Shunyi. We both start planning half an hour in advance of each meal, from "finding a hotel with a moderate distance" to "setting a time that will not delay the last subway". After a serious discussion, according to his words, it is not easy to enter the city in the village. Of course, the arrangement must be clearly understood.

Night life restricted by subway

When I was a child, I went out to play and was controlled by my parents. I said that when I go home, I have to go home. It is possible to be taught after five minutes. But who can think of graduation from college now, it may not be a month. The night life is also limited by the subway.

Beijing has not remembered a few delicious restaurants in the past few years, but the last train hours on the subway to the 5th Ring Road have long been familiar.

For example: if you are going to have dinner with your friends near Taiguri in Sanlitun at night in Chunhui Garden, a factory village after living at home, the first thing you should think about is that Line 10 of Tuanjie Lake and Route 13 heading towards the second West Banner are almost out of cars at 10:30. You need to finish the hotel and wait for the table before 8: 00 and then go to the subway by 10: 00.

That is to say, it is hard to spend more than an hour into the city, but there is not much time left for you to eat and chat.

▲ “Into a city” takes a lot of time and effort | Source: Gaode Map

You mean take a cab home? Let's not say that the fare of more than a hundred yuan is not small to you. A taxi line at a place like Sanlitun at night will definitely give you a deeper understanding of the word "despair". So for us "village people", the subway is definitely the best means of travel.

I didn't realize this before, until after the Chinese New Year, the temporary stop of the subway station on Line 13 gave us a head start.

In that short period of time, the traffic in the factory village was basically halfway. The entire software park was filled with the mourning of many villagers in Houchang Village.

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Young people desperate to enter the city

You may think that living in a remote "village" with poor traffic is just a matter of staying away from the bustling business districts of the city center and simply reducing social interactions and restoring at home. Not only can you spend a lot of time studying and exercising, but it can also reduce expenses and reduce the cost of living. Is it not a good thing?

Yes, I used to have a simple idea that seemed reasonable. But it turned out that living in remoteness would not cut back on living expenses, but would spend more money on taxi-hailing. Because even after all kinds of hardships and obstacles, people have not given up the idea of going to the city to socialize.

After all, human beings cannot escape the true incense theorem, and the same is true when they go to the city to socialize.

Because the whole Hou factory village don't say business circle, not even a little look of the mall.

▲ It is too difficult to find a restaurant suitable for dinner in Houchang Village | Source: Visitors

The company's small-scale internal dinner is directly settled in the downstairs cafeteria. Sometimes it will not go too far when you want to eat it. In addition to the very retro Hualian shopping mall at the entrance of the community, it is generally the subway line 13. Wudaokou, the center of the universe, which is two stops away, or the new Zhongguan shopping center in Zhongguancun.

▲ Line 13 inside the Hualian Shopping Mall opposite the Dragon View Subway

However, after visiting these shopping malls filled with rushing office workers, there are often two feelings: one is that they have not left the company, and the other is that they still have no villages.

In addition to this reason, the life in the "village children" always makes them feel dark, and the various small restaurants in the village have everything, but they still can't release the pressure they have accumulated in their work.

Every morning, Huixing New Village came out and rushed into the back village. Zhou Xing was used to "self-deprecating" the "village people". According to him, he came to Beijing from the second-tier city. He thought it was an upgrade. He did not expect to plunged into the rural encirclement. Therefore, in order to remind myself that it is still a "city person", the stars will have time to fight into the city and feel the "prosperity of the big city."

Late-night residential area of Huilongguan New Village

To put it bluntly, live in the "town" or in the "village", these Beijing drifters's young people do not want to let go of any way to vent stress, and social relations seem to be they desperately seized on a life-saving straw.

It’s okay to work hard to get into the city, and it’s okay to have something to do. The “ceremonial feeling” has something to do more to meet the strength of Monday’s workday.

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