Jul 14, 2022
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Two examples from Shanghai From two examples from Shanghai, we can see the plight and worries of China's middle class in this pandemic. They receive little help from the state. After the outbreak, 32-year-old boxing coach Liang Guanghuo had to close the gym that just opened in September (2019). Because he did not expect the lockdown order to be relaxed, he and his partner decided in mid-March to close the gym and terminate the rental contract, "This means that we immediately lost 300,000 yuan of investment, and we have to spend another 50,000 yuan to change the gym back. Office. We have not received ghost mannequin effect service any financial support." He told DW that in total he lost about 50,000 euros. Troubled state-owned companies can suspend rent payments, he said, but not at his gym and similar companies. This is unfair to him. However, he hopes that after the epidemic, people will pay more attention to fitness and health, and the industry he works in will have better prospects. Before that, he had to rely on outdoor teaching and online teaching to get by. Gao Fang, a 29-year-old furniture designer who studied abroad in Sweden, worked for a Shanghai-based company producing creative daily necessities before the outbreak. Female customers with strong purchasing power are the company's main sales target. She said the company had faced financial difficulties before, so she wasn't too surprised to be fired. Today, she sees that the industry has recovered and there is no shortage of job opportunities. But she is still looking for a suitable position, hoping to get a fixed employment contract, preferably to an international design company.