China’s new rich set trend buying luxury homes in California with cash

| May 17th, 2010

From World Journal, Los Angeles:

Mr. Chen had been renting and living in a 2 bedroom house in South Pasadena, California for many years, recently he was forced to move because his landlord sold the house for 525,000 dollars (short sale). Friends from mainland China asked him why, he always responded angrily, “All you mainlanders are too rich, buying houses with cash, causing me to move!”

As China’s economy rises, a group of China’s new rich with abundant cash funds appeared […]Read more…

Housing developer dragged sleeping residents out and torn down the wrong home

| May 15th, 2010

(From "We were sleeping when a group of people broke in and dragged us out, next moment our house was bulldozed flat with computer , freezer and everything still in it." cried a woman crouching in front of the ruin of her home with her son still searching his textbooks among the rubbles. It happened at 5 in the morning on May 13rd. Later that day it was revealed that the house was not up for demolition yet, and […]Read more…

Villagers defend their home against demolition squad’s fire extinguishers

| April 15th, 2010

Nail household; nail house; stubborn nail: (钉子户) A person or household that refuses to relocate due to compensation disagreements when the land is requisitioned for new construction.

Conflicts between the demolition squad and the nail household being forcefully relocated often happen in China. Nemours huge tragic incidents have occurred in the recent past. Chinese residents often took extreme measures in protecting their properties, like throwing home-made fire bombs at the demolition squad. But the most common strategy is just holding […]Read more…

Most constructions in China only have life span of 25-30 years?

| April 11th, 2010

From SouFun:

Mortgage slaves work hard for half of their lives and save up for the down payment, then work hard for the rest of their lives to pay off the loan. Finally when they can relax and live as home owners, they never have thought that when the mortgage salves are not yet old, the homes are already old, not only old, but also rotted, most of them become the subject for demolition. This is the reality of what currently […]Read more…

Young girl becomes first tenant of Capsule Apartment

| April 9th, 2010

From Legal Evening News:

The end of last month, a 78 year old retired engineer Huang Rixin (黄日新) built 8 units of “Capsule Apartment” in Liulangzhuang, Haidian district in Beijing. Each unit is less than 2 square meters and can only fit a single bed. The monthly rent for each unit is between 200 – 250 yuan.

After the apartments were built, no one has ever come by. So Huang Rixin opened up the apartment units for “test-living”. After test-living, last night […]Read more…

Capsule Apartment appears in Beijing, 2 square meters each

| April 1st, 2010

From QQ:

Recently, a 78 year old man Huang Rixin (黄日新) built 8 units of “Capsule Apartment” in Liulangzhuang, Haidian district in Beijing. Each unit is less than 2 square meters, but in the unit tenant can lie down, sit, watch TV and go on the internet. After Huang Rixin accidentally saw the Capsule hotel from Japan on the newspaper last year, he had the idea of building his own “Capsule Apartment”. He stated that building this kind of apartment […]Read more…

The cheapest housing in Shenzhen: cargo containers

| March 18th, 2010


Live report Shenzhen’s most awesome “snail living group” by 二肥卖

Shenzhen’s housing price is raising every day, depressed many people from buying homes.   But many families are “snail living” (蜗居: like a snail in its shell, living in a small home) in the cargo containers. At the Shenzhen 107 freeway entrance, many cargo containers appeared near the streets. The rent for each cargo container is 6 yuan ($0.90) per day. 

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Netizens select top 10 cities in China where men feel the most pressures

| December 29th, 2009

From  Morning H:

Perhaps no men are under more pressure than the men in the cities. Even there are some men in the cities are always relaxed, most of the men are under pressure, slowly attempt to get even closer to the center of the city. The excitement of the city living and expanding buries many men’s sweat and tears.

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Chinese farmers are “growing houses” instead of growing food

| December 18th, 2009

What is this picture about? Why is this poor woman being blocked out by hundreds of Chengguan (City Urban Administrative and Law Enforcements)? [Netease] On December 17, Wuhan City organized over 800 law enforcement officers to forcefully demolish nearly 40,000 square meters of illegal buildings that are near the Wuhan City to Huangshi City railway construction site. The phenomenon of local famers rushing to “grow houses” is very common.

What does “growing houses” mean?

It is yet another unique phenomenon in China, […]Read more…

Young people should not be able to afford houses

| December 5th, 2009


[Netease] Chinese TV series “Dwelling Narrowness” has caused national discussion on the continuously raising housing prices currently plaguing the market. Should young people (in China) who were born after 1980’s and just graduated from college be able to buy a home? On this issue, Ren Zhiqiang (任志强) boldly “speaks out directly without reservation”: Young people should not be able to afford houses. (You will find out who this guy is later.)

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The struggle of the sexless class

| December 2nd, 2009

Hi everyone, I’ve already written a few posts for ChinaHush but I guess I should formally introduce myself. My name is CC and I’m currently studying philosophy at Peking University. I will graduate next spring from George Washington University. You can read more about me in the “About” section or e-mail me about anything at cc.huang2 at gmail dot com. Also – other places I am on the Internet: Chinamatic, Responsible China, Twitter, Tumblr.

"Dwelling Narrowness" (蜗居) (A Romance of House) […]Read more…

Han Han: These dogs are so annoying

| November 27th, 2009


Nail household; nail house; stubborn nail: (钉子户) A person or household that refuses to relocate due to compensation disagreements when the land is requisitioned for new construction.

The case of Nail household is a common occurrence in China, however this incident is by far the most escalated conflict between residents and the government demolition team. Ms. Fan attempted to defend her house from the demolition squad by throwing home-made fire bombs…

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Female “Beijing vagabond” Seeking for Marriage with her 5 Houses

| October 12th, 2009

This post “Beijing vagabond ‘leftover girl’ to get married, 5 houses as dowry, who wants marry me?!” (剩女: (Literally) leftover females, it refers to unmarried mature females with high education levels and high salaries; single career women) appeared on Netease forum. This post could well be fake or a joke, but it made a ripple on the Chinese internet, and I thought it was funny and also had some truth to it.  Here is the translation of the post:

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