The Twilight of Chinese Coal
Once a prosperous coal mining city, China's northeastern city of Hegang boasted double-digit economic growth for over a decade. But now, among diminished demand for coal, residents who staked their lives on the industry are finding it hard to make ends meet. Social problems such as shoplifting and alcoholism are on the rise. Despite the difficulty of finding new work, the citizens of Hegang continue to seek a light at the end of the tunnel.
A man who quit his job as a miner and now runs a small shop with his family
Suburban housing complexes are arenas for endless debate about the town and the future of its inhabitants
One of Hegang's open-pit coal mines