China is one of the fastest growing and most technologically advanced countries in the world. It’s surprising that tens of millions of people still live underground as the high-tech construction industry in places like Beijing and Shanghai has built up a lot of building muscle over the past decade. The house is only hundreds of miles away.
China’s Shaanxi province, where the region’s porous soil is particularly well-suited for easy digging is where the majority of these ‘cave dwellers’ or ‘cavemen’ live.
Cave People Of 21st Century
Calling someone a primitive person in the 21st century may seem silly or obnoxious, but if you think that most underground homes buried in this way have the comforts of a modern home, this should not be taken as an insult in China. … Cave houses don’t use a lot of building materials and the hills and mountains are dug out for natural insulation throughout the year, so they are actually more energy efficient than most traditional home houses! The caves, called Yaodong in Chinese, are usually dug in mountainous soil. The semi-circular entrance is an emergency exit and is covered with rice paper or a woven blanket. There is nothing to brag about, but the weak caves are equipped with modern conveniences such as electricity, telephone and running water. Otherwise, with no running water or sewerage, locals, as usual, rely on muddy water gushing from nearby rivers.
So Much Linked To Earth
Most cave dwellers in China can give up all these expensive features and prefer the natural advantages of their homes – high ceilings and plenty of space with a great front yard for exercising and sitting in the sun.
The nine levels of the village are connected by stone staircases from the Ming Dynasty. Most homes still have paper windows instead of glass. Inside, the owner sleeps on a large stone bed called a khan. Cool in summer, but with a cavity underneath so that fires can burn in winter. Very cool!
It all sounds like something out of a history book, but it’s a feature that will impress the most promising modern architects. The cave house attached to the earth is good for the environment.
Does that sound good to you? A cave with one master bedroom with no running water for rent for about $ 30 a month. A three bedroom, one bathroom room could sell for $ 46,000, the New York Times reported.