For decades coal has been the backbone of the northern province of Shanxi, providing livelihoods for millions of miners, while private jet owning bosses became notorious for their nouveau riche lifestyles.
China's "too big to fail" coal companies are crippled by oversupply and the lowest rate of economic growth for coal supply in 25 years.
. Coal miners' clothes hang in the laundry at the Tashan mine on Nov. 19.
Coal is the main industry of Shanxi province. It’s population of nearly 40 million is relatively poor.
. Workers sort coal on a conveyer belt on Nov. 20.
. A woman takes a break from picking coal on Nov. 20.
. Coal dust covers the face of a miner after his shift at the Tashan coal mine on Nov. 19.
. A miner puts his headlamp battery on charger after his shift on Nov. 20.
. A man stands in the doorway of his home in Datong on Nov. 20.