Beijing's underground abodes evacuated

Beijing's underground abodes evacuated

The sky-high housing prices in Beijing have forced many low-income earners to dig into the ground for a roof over their heads.

Recently, it was discovered that underground apartments have been found built on the original location of a fishpond, reported on Saturday.

The underground space, as large as 1,500 square meters was divided into 180 apartments.

Fifty-five families lived in the apartments, with each home covering no more than 5 square meters each.

Originally a fishpond, a parking lot was built on over the pond. It was later turned into rented homes to lure tenants who can not afford a home above ground.

The tenants living in the area have been evacuated for safety reasons.

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