Capsule Apartment: Think Your Apartment is Small?

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You may have heard of the famous 'capsule hotels' in places like Japan. Now comes 'capsule apartment.'

Retired engineer Huang Rixin built 8 capsule hotel units in Liulangzhuang, Haidian district in Beijing. Each unit can only fit a single bed and the rent is between 200-250 Yuan (29-37 U.S. dollars).

No one seemed to take an interest in these units when they were completed in March of this year, so a trial 'test living' was promoted. In early April, the first tenant, 25 year old Zhang Qi, moved into an unit with her entire possessions- a small suitcase. Qi had been in Beijing for the past five years working for an advertising company. After several days most of the people who 'test lived' moved out leaving Qi as the only long term tenant there.

“I was not very adjusted on the first day” Zhang Qi said, the insulation was not so good, and all her neighbors were migrant workers so it was very noisy at night. And she did not bring a thick enough blanket, so she was very cold and couldn’t sleep on the first night.

“But I am getting use to it!” Zhang Qi smiled and said while she was unpacking.

Last night she brought over cotton fabrics, wallpapers and scissors etc. happily started detracting her new home.

She first used cotton fabrics as her “ceiling” then put up the wallpapers. “There is a fairy tale world in every girl’s heart” Zhang Qi said, in here she can achieve her Beijing dream.

The only inconvenience Zhang Qi felt is the toilet and shower, she must walk outside from her third floor apartment at night to go to the bathroom, and must go to the bath house for shower. But Zhang Qi felt that she can overcome if others can.

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