This is my Chinese Dream

Chinese President Xi Jinping says the Chinese Dream is about the "great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation." Here's what it means to six Beijing residents.

Xu Zhenshan

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  • Age: 52
  • Occupation: Rickshaw driver

I am from rural Henan province, which is more than 600 miles away from Beijing.

I have been working in the capital for 17 years now. I used to sell vegetables and lunch boxes, but now I do rickshaws rides in central Beijing.

I work from six in the morning to eight in the evening, seven days a week. I make about 100 yuan ($16) a day. My rickshaw business is actually illegal, so if the police catch me, I could be fined as much as 2,000 yuan ($320).

My Chinese Dream is to earn enough money to buy a house for my son in our home town. Buying a house here in Beijing is impossible for me, even if I save every penny that I earn in my entire life.

- Last updated June 11 2014 05:27 AM ET

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