Kong Yawen, of Qingdao, China, a coastal city in eastern China, is the face of the young consumer in China. She earns $475 a month working in the international sales office of a tire manufacturer and shares an apartment with two other workers. Her share of the rent is $95 and she spends another $12.50 for utilities. Another $50 to $80 a month goes for shoes and clothes. She's also recently purchased a gym membership. (Mark Melnicoe/MCT)
Kong Yawen, of Qingdao, China, a coastal city in eastern China, is the face of the young consumer in China. She earns $475 a month working in the international sales office of a tire manufacturer and shares an apartment with two other workers. Her share of the rent is $95 and she spends another $12.50 for utilities. Another $50 to $80 a month goes for shoes and clothes. She's also recently purchased a gym membership. (Mark Melnicoe/MCT) MCT
Kong Yawen, of Qingdao, China, a coastal city in eastern China, is the face of the young consumer in China. She earns $475 a month working in the international sales office of a tire manufacturer and shares an apartment with two other workers. Her share of the rent is $95 and she spends another $12.50 for utilities. Another $50 to $80 a month goes for shoes and clothes. She's also recently purchased a gym membership. (Mark Melnicoe/MCT) MCT

How to live easy in China on $475 a month

April 24, 2012 12:00 AM