There is also a 12 square meters shop with a daily turnover of over 2,000 yuan. "Goods here are all 5 percent or even 10 percent cheaper than those outside. There is a low profit margin, and on some goods no profit at all", the salesperson told China Economic Weekly.
"Food is excellent. There is meat for lunch and supper. Life is quite satisfactory," said Xie Honggen, just back from the dinning room with his family. He was a former employee of a bankrupt enterprise in the city, and lived in the dormitory of the enterprise on No. 18 Taiping Street. The earthquake completely destroyed the building, and within seconds he had lost everything.
"In due course twenty Special Hardship Case families (SHC families) from our enterprise were accommodated in this community. We thank the Communist Party of China and the Government very much," he told the reporter. With a relief card and meal vouchers issued by the government, residents here can take their meals in the community dining canteen.
He Wei, from Room 8, Unit 4, also moved in on May 22. His house collapsed in the earthquake and his 13-year-old son sustained a head injury. Luckily, he quickly recovered, and is now studying in the community school. When asked for "any demands for the government," he simply smiled. "We have food to eat and roofs over our head. No demands at all." He also said that he would look for a job soon. "We should do something to reduce the government's burden."
"The Labor, Employment and Social Security Office is open for 24 hours," said Gao Xiaoyu of the Dujiangyan Municipal Employment Bureau, working in the community's "Employment Registry Point". The Registration File for May 29 indicated that eight residents had registered by 13:00 PM that day, the oldest being 59 and the youngest 25. "Through the registration process we can quickly provide information about recruitment and employment opportunities to candidates, and recommend suitable positions to them."
Including "Happy Home" there are 15 sites for resettlement communities in Dujiangyan City. They are mainly distributed around the second-ring road. 19 further sites have been identified in townships.