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In pictures: Chasing a living on the streets of Chongqing

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A porter, or bang-bang as they are known locally, makes a delivery up a steep hill in Chongqing, Jan. 18, 2013.

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Porters, or bang-bang as they are known locally, chase after a delivery van in the hopes of making a few yuan, in Chongqing Jan. 18, 2013.

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Yang Bizhi one of the many "bang-bang" in Chongqing who make their living as a porter.

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Yang Bizhi makes a delivery in Chongqing.

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Liu Danchen makes a delivery Jan. 18, 2013.

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Liu Danchen, a 58-year-old porter who has been carrying parcels up and down the steep banks of the Yangtze in Chongqing since 1982 takes a smoke break, Jan. 18, 2013.

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Liu Danchen takes a call for more work Jan. 18, 2013.

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A porter, or bang-bang as they are known locally, delivers soft drinks down the steep banks of the Yangtze in Chongqing Jan. 18, 2013.

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A porter delivers soft drinks to a cruise ship across a pontoon bridge over the Yangtze in Chongqing, Jan. 18, 2013.

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Liu Danchen, a 58-year-old porter who has been carrying parcels up and down the steep banks of the Yangtze in Chongqing since 1982, takes a smoke break Jan. 18, 2013.

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The worn hands of a porter, or bang-bang as they are known locally in Chongqing, Jan. 18, 2013.

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Chen Qiming, aka MC Tequila, performs Saturday night at Chongqing's Club TNT, Jan. 19, 2013.

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Chen Qiming, aka MC Tequila, performs Saturday night at Chongqing's Club TNT, Jan. 19, 2013.

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