Beijing's tiny underground apartments that house millions #Home#apartments#Asia#China#Global homes#living small#photography#subterranean homes May 24 | Cat Rocketship Big Rain, 21, a lounge worker, decorated his basement room with balloons. Photo courtesy Sim Chi Vin. Did you know millions of people in Beijing live in tiny underground apartments built into subterranean apartment blocks and air raid tunnels under the city? Sim Chi Vin's photo essay introduces a mother with an eight-month-old baby, twentysomethings saving on rent by living underground, and people who are woefully underemployed — all living in 10'x10' boxes. Have a look. Join our community! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Cat Rocketship I was the Managing Editor of Offbeat Home for a year and a half. I have a rich Internet life and also a pretty good real life. Hobbies include D&D, Twitter, and working on making our household more self-reliant. I also draw things. PREVIOUS The easiest way to attract loads of butterflies NEXT Did you compromise with your partner on finding out your baby's sex? Show/Hide comments [ 4 ] Holy Jesus, I feel so lucky right now to be living where I do! 6 agree Reply I feel lucky, and yet at the same time, I can totally see doing that…just maybe without the mildew, and enough room for a minifridge and a hotplate. 1 agrees Reply Should I be ashamed that the first thing I thought of were the mutants living in the sewers of Futurama? I mean, yes, afterwards I thought of things like how lucky I am, the stigma of having to live belowground, overpopulation & what humans will put up with to find a way to survive. 1 agrees Reply I lived in Beijing in 2007, and a friend of mine took me to his friend's 10×7 basement apartment with a cinderblock bed, a ten inch tv and a disney princess hanging soft plastic armoir. After we left, he said, "Someday I'll be able to afford a place like this." He had been living in a worker's dorm that was basically the back of the kitchen in a hostel with 3 other guys (2 twin beds) for several years. Then we went back to the hostel and watched movies on my Mac, and I still feel sick about it. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via email No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.