“It was 4pm when I emerged from the plant and looked at the bright, white salt flats spreading all around to the ends of the earth. I wanted to cry…” Written by Wang Weilian and translated by Steven Day, this short story has been selected from the book The Sound of Salt Forming – Short Stories by the Post-'80s Generation in China, published by the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press in 2016. The author Wang Weilian was born in Qinghai Province in 1982. He graduated from Sun Yat-sen University in 2004. His major works include the novel The Rescued and short story Upside Down Life.