Earthly Mission

Chinese Families Photographed With All Their Belongings

North Island, Seven Banks, Xisha Islands, Sansha City, Hainan Province

North Island, Seven Banks, Xisha Islands, Sansha City, Hainan Province

Photographer Ma Hongjie has spent the past 11 years documenting different families with all their earthly possessions in various parts of China. On the pictures we see amazing people in amazing locations, but with amounts of possessions that should make us Westerners feel ashamed.

The album, titled The Family Belongings of Chinese People, includes around 90,000 words of text in both Chinese and English, Ma said in his blog, and will be sold on the market later this month.

Simuhana Village, Jigen Township, Ulugqat County, Kashgar City, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Simuhana Village, Jigen Township, Ulugqat County, Kashgar City, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Home in 4-zu, Xiangyang Village, Moudao Town, Lichuan City, Hubei Province

Home in 4-zu, Xiangyang Village, Moudao Town, Lichuan City, Hubei Province

Beitai, Changshou Village, Wu'an City, Handan City, Hebei Province

Beitai, Changshou Village, Wu’an City, Handan City, Hebei Province

Caofosi Village, Meizhong Town, Shen County, Liaocheng City, Shandong Province

Caofosi Village, Meizhong Town, Shen County, Liaocheng City, Shandong Province

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Home near the Xiama Pass of the Great Wall, Tongxin County, Wuzhong City

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Home in the Beiyuan neighborhood of Beijing

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Home in 8-zu, Beilantun, Wulajie Manchu Town, Longtan District, Jilin City, Jilin Province

Echa Village, Jiangbian Township, Dongfang City, Hainan Province

Echa Village, Jiangbian Township, Dongfang City, Hainan Province

Floating home in Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province

Floating home in Shaoxing City, Zhejiang Province

Gujiazhuang Village, Dasungezhuang Town, Shunyi District, Beijing

Gujiazhuang Village, Dasungezhuang Town, Shunyi District, Beijing

Hanqiao Village, Yaxi Town, Gaochun District, Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province

Hanqiao Village, Yaxi Town, Gaochun District, Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province

Ba Town, Chen Barag Banner, Hulunbuir City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

Ba Town, Chen Barag Banner, Hulunbuir City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

Home in the upper streets of Chenlu Town, Yintai District, Tongchuan City,Shaanxi Province

Home in the upper streets of Chenlu Town, Yintai District, Tongchuan City,Shaanxi Province

Home in Xingwuying Village, Yanchi County, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region

Home in Xingwuying Village, Yanchi County, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region

Home inside the Xiaozhai Sinkhole, Fengjie County, Chongqing

Home inside the Xiaozhai Sinkhole, Fengjie County, Chongqing

Home of a Hakka cultural relic collector, Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province

Home of a Hakka cultural relic collector, Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province

Home of a Nuo opera performer, Tunbao, Pingba County, Anshun City, Guizhou Province

Home of a Nuo opera performer, Tunbao, Pingba County, Anshun City, Guizhou Province

Home of a soldier on Chigua Reef, Nansha Islands, Sansha City, Hainan Province

Home of a Nuo opera performer, Tunbao, Pingba County, Anshun City, Guizhou Province

Home of Tang tricolor pottery makers, Nanshishan Village, Mengjin County, Luoyang City, Henan Province

Home of Tang tricolor pottery makers, Nanshishan Village, Mengjin County, Luoyang City, Henan Province

Home of the village council head, Chengxi Village, Yacheng Town, Sanya City, Hainan Province

Home of the village council head, Chengxi Village, Yacheng Town, Sanya City, Hainan Province

Home on the Panjiakou Reservoir, Qianxi County, Hebei Province

Home on the Panjiakou Reservoir, Qianxi County, Hebei Province

Huabin Village, Wanggang Town, Nangang District, Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province

Huabin Village, Wanggang Town, Nangang District, Harbin City, Heilongjiang Province

Huangsiqiao, Phoenix County, Hunan Province

Huangsiqiao, Phoenix County, Hunan Province

iudao Village, Liwang Town, Haiyuan County, Zhongwei City, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region

iudao Village, Liwang Town, Haiyuan County, Zhongwei City, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region

Laoniuwan Village, Xinzhou City, Shanxi Province

Laoniuwan Village, Xinzhou City, Shanxi Province

Leshou Village, Gongying Town, Harqin Left Wing Mongol Autonomous County, Liaoning Province

Leshou Village, Gongying Town, Harqin Left Wing Mongol Autonomous County, Liaoning Province

Lhoba home in Motuo County, Tibet Autonomous Region

Lhoba home in Motuo County, Tibet Autonomous Region

Lu kiln, Jingde Town, Jiangxi Province

Lu kiln, Jingde Town, Jiangxi Province

Manjiuxinzhai, Haidong Village, Mangxin Township, Menglian County, Pu'er City, Yunnan Province

Manjiuxinzhai, Haidong Village, Mangxin Township, Menglian County, Pu’er City, Yunnan Province

Nanchangtan Village, Zhongwei City, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region

Nanchangtan Village, Zhongwei City, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region

Nanping Village, Huangshan City, Anhui Province

Nanping Village, Huangshan City, Anhui Province

New Year wood block print maker's home in Zhuxian Town, Kaifeng City, Henan Province

New Year wood block print maker’s home in Zhuxian Town, Kaifeng City, Henan Province

No. 118 Hexi Street, Xushe Town, Yixing City, Jiangsu Province

No. 118 Hexi Street, Xushe Town, Yixing City, Jiangsu Province

Qin family manor, Shuiyuantou Village, Baishi Township, Xing’an County, Guilin City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

Sanxiaodui, Mazha Village, Tuyoq,Turpan City, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Sanxiaodui, Mazha Village, Tuyoq,Turpan City, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Small Lake, Meiya Village, Daotanghe Town, Gonghe County, Qinghai Province

Small Lake, Meiya Village, Daotanghe Town, Gonghe County, Qinghai Province

The Democratic District of Xushe Town, Yixing City, Jiangsu Province

The Democratic District of Xushe Town, Yixing City, Jiangsu Province

The home of a monkey trainer, Baowan Village, Fanji Township, Xinye County, Nanyang City, Henan Province

The home of a monkey trainer, Baowan Village, Fanji Township, Xinye County, Nanyang City, Henan Province

The Yellow River, Huayuankou Town, Zhengzhou City, Henan Province

The Yellow River, Huayuankou Town, Zhengzhou City, Henan Province

Unity Village, Aleteng County, Aksai Kazakh Autonomous County, Gansu Province

Unity Village, Aleteng County, Aksai Kazakh Autonomous County, Gansu Province

Xiajiang Village, Wulong Township, Jinyuan Town, Dayi County, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province

Xiajiang Village, Wulong Township, Jinyuan Town, Dayi County, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province

Xiakou Village, Shandan County, Zhangye City, Gansu Province

Xiakou Village, Shandan County, Zhangye City, Gansu Province

Xiaozhanghe Village, Ganguyi Town, Baota District, Yan'an City, Shaanxi Province

Xiaozhanghe Village, Ganguyi Town, Baota District, Yan’an City, Shaanxi Province

Yaoqiucuo manor, Zhongshan Village, Songkou Town, Yongtai County,Fuzhou City, Fujian Province

Yaoqiucuo manor, Zhongshan Village, Songkou Town, Yongtai County,Fuzhou City, Fujian Province

Youzhou Village, Guanting Town, Huailai County, Hebei province

Youzhou Village, Guanting Town, Huailai County, Hebei province

via Shanghaiist



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