Husband and Wife Clean the Great Wall for 10 Years

Created: 2011-10-07 11:51 EST

Category: Life


You might think your job is tough, but imagine climbing the Great Wall of China everyday to pick up people's trash.

Chang Shitou and Qian Erling, husband and wife, have worked at the Badaling section of the Great Wall for over ten years as waste collectors.

Every day they start cleaning at 8:00 in the morning and finish around six at night. Noon is the busiest time of the day.

Many regard these picturesque heights as perfect for a picnic, but they often don’t clean up after themselves. When families finish eating, they leave a trail of evidence behind them.

Chang's wife, Qian Erling, is up on the wall as much as him. She basically walks up a mountain to collect garbage, as her territory is a 2,600 foot length of wall that slopes up at an angle of 70 degrees.

[Qian Erling, Cleans the Great Wall]:
"(Chang) helps me to carry some rubbish. Sometimes we help each other."

As darkness comes, visitors clear out and waste collectors begin the hardest work: they take all the garbage to the foot of the mountain.

"I think we should take the initiative and put our trash in our bags."

With over 100 pounds of garbage strapped to his back, Chang takes calculated steps. After a couple of trips like this, Chang will struggle to walk after a hard day's work.