So we have seen how we have countless neighborhoods that have been almost abandoned or stopped in mid construction. In my post, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, it shows how California has been hit hard. This pales in comparison to China’s empty houses. Currently there are enough empty house in China to house roughly 2/3 the American Population. That’s right, China currently has enough homes to house over 200 million people.
In a quest to “westernize” or “Americanize” investors dumped their wealth into constructing entire cities where there might only be a handful of people living in them. They are so big, but so sparely populated, they don’t even have enough people to keep the city in working order.
Click the photo to see these ghost cities
This is a pretty neat house, built by Daihai Fei, age 24, he did it for only $960 US dollars. He had moved to Beijing to pursue his college degree, but after graduating he found to get work, he must stay in the city, but he couldn’t afford rent. The house is mobile and covered with bags of dirt and grass seeds. Daihai Fei hopes that the seed will take and grow to fully encase his egg in grass, making it more weather resistant.
His egg house is now located across the street from his work, so commute is a 30 second walk. I was surprised that you could pull this off in Beijing, I would think in a modern city they wouldn’t allow it. But Daihai Fei has become something of a local legend, so perhaps winning the hearts of people has allowed him to do this. After living in his egg house for two months Daihai Fei feel that his life has improved dramatically since living in his egg house.