A man who has lived in a Beijing airport for nearly a decade is enjoying his life at the world’s second busiest air hub.
Wei Jianguo, from Beijing, left his home in 2008 after having a quarrel with his wife.
He has since chosen to spend days and nights at the Beijing Capital International Airport, which has three terminals and handled some 9.4 million passenger in 2016.
Wei Jianguo, who lives in the Beijing Capital International Airport, sleeps under a few blankets
The man appears to eat well while living at the terminals of the world’s second busiest air hub
Mr Wei eats noodles after cooking them in an electric pan at a terminal in the airport in Beijing
Mr Wei, who is jobless, said the airport is warm, cozy. He said he could drink and eat at will, according to Pear Video.
He has managed to set up a mobile kitchen using an electric cooker he had brought from home. Other times, he would go around the airport to buy the food he likes.
Footage from Pear Video shows Mr Wei preparing himself a sleeping area on the ground using blankets. He had obtained some life necessities from home and put them in a trolley.
Apparently, Mr Wei can go back home anytime, but he simply doesn’t want to.
He told said: ‘I wasn’t allowed to drink at home.’
The man said he had been laid off from work and received government subsidisation every month, which amounted to around 1,000 yuan (£112).
The man owns a number of life necessities which he had brought with him from home
He decided to leave home around 10 years ago because his wife wouldn’t let him drink alcohol
Speaking to a reporter from Pear Video, Mr Wei said he has got used to living in the airport
He would leave the airport whenever he has the need to buy life necessities, but most of the time he can be found in the different terminals of Beijing airport.
Mr Wei left home in 2008, according to Sina.cn. At the time he had just lost his job and spent every day drinking. His wife forbade him from drinking at home, which caused him to move out.
It’s said that the airport had attempted to make Mr Wei leave, but the man carried on living there.
Mr Wei said he got laid off in 2008 and drank every day, which lead to the quarrel with wife
The world’s most famous airport dweller is Iranian Mehran Karimi Nasseri, who lived in the Terminal One of the Paris Charles de Gaulle for a whopping 18 years – from 1988 until 2006 when he became hospitalised.
Refugee Mehran Karimi Nasseri was forced to take up residence in the Parisian airport after being sent here, his last port of departure, by the British authorities due to a failure in seeking entry into Britain.
The French authority also refused his entry, leaving him stuck in the terminal.
The 2004 American film, The Terminal, was based on Nasseri’s story. Tom Hanks played the lead character who was inspired by Mehran Karimi Nasseri.