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Shanxi

Samarth Arora
A large population in China is reportedly living inside caves by choice. The ones who used to live there, plan to go back after retirement. And those who are still inside, don’t want to move away. But why would anybody want to leave a comfortable life in an apartment with cushy beds and move to something as rustic as a soiled cave?Why Stay In A Cave?
Samarth Arora
These caves, or yaodong in Chinese, typically have a semi-circular entrance and people cover them with rice paper or colorful quilts. Portraits of Mao Tse-tung or photographs of movie stars are often seen hanging as decoration. Electricity and even running water are easily brought in. Choice for more luxurious caves is available, with the better caves protruding from the mountain and reinforced with brick masonry. If a family wants several chambers, multiple caves may be connected laterally.Who Lives Here?