HK Magazine: Where are you from? Sun Yekang: From a farm village in Hubei. HK: Can you describe your work? SY: I drive people here and there. I take them to interesting places sometimes. But my work is quite demanding as I have to work nearly 12 hours a day, which worries me once in a while because I could end up in a car accident if I ever fall asleep. HK: What do you do in your free time? SY: I go home straight away after work. Sleeping is my favorite pastime. Shenzhen is too expensive for me. I don't earn much. I came here to make money to send home. I don't think Shenzhen is really home for me. HK: So how long will you stay in Shenzhen? SY: I will leave as soon as I save enough money. I'll settle in my home village because I'd like to be a farmer. You might find it hard to believe that in highly commercialized China someone still wants to a farmer, but I genuinely enjoy it. It's a family business too. In Hubei, the air is very good, unlike the heavily polluted and toxic air in Shenzhen. And the people there are nicer. HK: How different are Shenzhen people from Hubei people? SY: In Hubei, people are less rich. They are simpler and more innocent. In Shenzhen, there are many rich people and they're all big spenders. But in my eyes, they are all just nouveau riche. HK: A lot of Hong Kong people visit Shenzhen for a massage. Have you ever had one? SY: No. I've never been to a sauna. It's rather expensive for me. Hong Kong people and the locals are richer so they can afford it. I wouldn't mind having such an experience, though. HK: What's the strangest passenger you have ever had? SY: This man hopped into my taxi and asked me to drive him to a far destination. After an hour, he decided not to get out and told me to take him back to where we started. Why did he want to waste that money? He was from Xingjiang and his Putonghua was terrible. I couldn't understand a word he said. I didn't really mind because I made quite a bit of money. The most annoying passengers are drunks. HK: How do you find Hong Kong passengers? SY: They are usually more polite. But their Putonghua is, predictably, the worst among my passengers.