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Street interview: What's a low income in Beijing

06-30-2010 14:31 BJT

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Our reporter Guan Xin took to the streets, to find out the local view on income levels.

How do you define low income, how do you quantify that? We are out in Beijing, asking people on the street, to get a sense of what they think is a low income in the city.

Ms. Huang said "I think a monthly salary below 1600 yuan can be considered low."

Mr. Cao said "I think 2000 yuan per month cannot be seen as a high salary."

Ms. Li said "I think less than 1000 yuan is low-income."

Mr. Chen said "Somewhere below 10 thousand yuan a month is low-income."

The answers are across the board. According to the latest figures, the average monthly salary in Beijing is 4-thousand yuan per month. How do people feel about that particular income level?"

Ms. Li said "I think 4000 yuan a month is just enough."

Mr. Chen said "Considering housing, medication, children's education, 4000 yuan a month is not enough when you take those items into account."

Ms. Huang said "I think 4000 yuan is a good salary. You can buy everything you want."

Mr. Cao said "If you own property, that is enough. But if not, that is not nearly enough."

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CCTV.com

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