The life of a ‘water ghost’ in China | Video | SupChina

The life of a ‘water ghost’ in China

In this video, a construction worker descends into a mud pool about 82 feet deep to salvage a pile hammer on a construction site in Guangzhou Province.

And this video shows a construction worker emerging from a mud pool on another construction site.

In China, these men are called “water ghosts,” and they are commonly found on construction sites for bridges or high-speed railways. During the act of piling — in which heavy stakes or posts to support the foundations of a superstructure are installed — the tools that are used often fall into a hole filled with muddy water. “Water ghosts” find the lost tools to continue production.

Jia Guo

Jia Guo is from the coastal city of Qingdao. She has an M.A. in multimedia journalism from NYU and has worked at Facebook and Bloomberg TV in New York City.

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