Chinas Underground Rat-Tribe

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Unter Bejing leben tausende Menschen in Kellern und Bunkern bis zu zwei Stockwerke unter dem Erdboden. Die meisten sind Migranten und unterbezahlte Arbeitskräfte, die sich die Wuchermieten in der chinesischen Hauptstadt nicht mehr leisten können und mittlerweile bildet sich dort eine eigene Kultur heraus, die ein bisschen an Kowloon erinnert, nur eben unter der Erde. Die Menschen werden von den Oberweltlern etwas herzlos Rat Tribe genannt, Frau Chi Yin Sim hat sie fotografiert und NPR hat einen superinteressanten Podcast dazu: 'A Universe Beneath Our Feet': Life In Beijing's Underground.

Annette Kim, a professor at the University of Southern California who researches urbanization, spent last year in China's capital city studying the underground housing market. "Part of why there's so much underground space is because it's the official building code to continue to build bomb shelters and basements," Kim says. "That's a lot of new, underground space that's increasing in supply all the time. They're everywhere."

She says apartments go one to three stories below ground. Residents have communal bathrooms and shared kitchens. The tiny, windowless rooms have just enough space to fit a bed. "It's tight," Kim says. "But I also lived in Beijing for a year, and the city, in general, is tight." With an average rent of $70 per month, she says, this is an affordable option for city-dwellers.

NPR: 'A Universe Beneath Our Feet': Life In Beijing's Underground.
Viiphoto: Chinas Rat Tribe