她说，隐居虽然也累，但是和996的累不一样。996（see more details in episode 4），意思是996工作制，早上9点上班，晚上9点下班，一个星期工作六天。这是很多中国公司的工作制。她的隐居生活没有996工作制，她做农活也比较自由。这是她觉得隐居生活和城市生活不一样的地方。
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Have you ever had a moment when you think that work is too tiring, and there are a lot of troubles in life? You really want to find a place where there is no one and you can live alone! It is best to be in the forest, where there is beautiful scenery and you can also raise some animals and grow some food. Such a life is called "seclusion" in Chinese. "隐" means no one sees it. "居" means to live, to live in a place. "Seclusion" means living alone in a place without people. If possible, would you like to live in seclusion in the mountains and forests of China? Today, let's talk about the seclusion life chosen by some Chinese people.
In fact, China has always had a reclusive culture. In ancient China, if some people were dissatisfied with the state and the government, they would go to the mountains and forests to live in seclusion. Many of them used to be officials, but because they were so disappointed with the government, they decided not to serve anymore, but to grow crops, raise animals, and look at the mountains and rivers. For example, in ancient China, there was a poet and official named Tao Yuanming. He only became an official for more than 80 days, but because he really did not like complicated interpersonal relationships, he resigned. To resign means someone is not going to do their job anymore. After resigning, he went to live in seclusion on a mountain. Until now, Tao Yuanming is still the representative of Chinese seclusion culture. When people think of seclusion, they think of him. Interestingly, the culture of seclusion is now back in vogue.
Recently, a Chinese magazine did a survey among 1,700 people, all of whom were about twenty to forty years old. Of the more than 1,700 people, 82 percent thought about seclusion. There are three reasons why they want to live in seclusion: first, city life is too busy; second, work pressure is too much; third, interpersonal relationships are too complicated. Under the circumstance of rat racing, many young people found a new way out. Some of them went to the mountains to grow food, some went to the beach and bought a small house to live alone, and some moved to a small town with low prices. A young man who is living in seclusion said: "I live and work so hard for so long, I feel as if someone else's starting point is my ending point, so what's the point of putting your efforts?" There was no hope, so they chose to live in seclusion.
Living in seclusion sounds great, but what is it really like? Many young people who live in seclusion say that it is not easy. Their lives no longer have convenient delivery and takeaway food, but they have endless farm work and they are very tiring. In an interview, a young girl who lives in seclusion said:
"But this kind of tiredness is actually different from the tiredness of 996 work schedule. Although every day your farm work is endless, there is no deadline here. Even if a type of crop should be planted before Qingming Festival, it is still okay to be a few days late. It doesn't matter."
She said that although living in seclusion is also tiring, it is not the same as ‘996’. (see more details in episode 4), which means a 996 work system, where people have to work at 9 am and leave at 9 pm and work six days a week. This is the working system of many Chinese companies. There is no 996 work system in her life, and she is relatively free to do farm work. This is where she thinks living in seclusion is different from living in the city.
Have you thought about living in seclusion? If so, where would you like to live in seclusion? Feel free to leave your comment and share with us!
5 thoughts on “#79 Do you want to live in seclusion in China? 你想要隐居在中国的山林吗?”
我上次去过中国，我和我的西安住的朋友爬了终南山。我们有机会跟一个隐居住的尼姑聊一聊。关于这个话题有的一部很好美国的纪录片叫”Beyond White Clouds”。
Zhong nan mountain is the most famous mountain in China for living in seclusion.