Beijing's tiny underground apartments that house millions

By on May 24th

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.