When our city sleeps, they keep working

For most of us, midnight is the end of a hard work day. But for others, it's just the beginning.

For most of us, midnight is the end of a hard work day. But for others, it’s just the beginning. Shanghai Daily photographer Wang Rongjiang profiles the people who make our city a home while many of us rest.

When our city  sleeps, they keep working
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

23:02: A designated driver waits by the roadside for an online call from a drinker who needs to be driven home. 

When our city  sleeps, they keep working
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

12:07am: Workers bury underground wires to replace overhead cables. Shanghai is constantly upgrading its infrastructure.

When our city  sleeps, they keep working
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

12:27am: A worker checks the water pipes when the street bustle cools down at midnight. Work is done at night to avoid disrupting our daily routines. 

When our city  sleeps, they keep working
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

23:59: Two delivery men chat while waiting for online orders.

When our city  sleeps, they keep working
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

1:11am: An engineer does a geodetic survey on Zhaojiabang Road.

When our city  sleeps, they keep working
Wang Rongjiang / SHINE

1:33am: A shop assistant mops the floor in a 24-hour store.

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