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1 million residents of Beijing are living underground as part of the ‘Rat Tribe’

Beijing might be known for its high rise buildings and millions of residents but below this enormous city you’ll find an underground world that’s home to around 1 million residents. Located in basements and former air-raid bunkers, these windowless rooms are home to people who can’t find ordinary accommodations above ground, or who are trying to save money in the big city.

Underground you’ll pay 50c for a five-minute shower, empty your bedpan into a communal toilet, and share a tiny room with other people in the same situation.

Photographer Sim Chi Yin spent five years surveying underground dwellers and turned his work into a series of portraits of ‘The Rat Tribe’.

Via Al Jazeera America

The Beijing Rat Tribe
The Beijing Rat Tribe
The Beijing Rat Tribe
The Beijing Rat Tribe
The Beijing Rat Tribe
The Beijing Rat Tribe
The Beijing Rat Tribe
The Beijing Rat Tribe
Chen Laxiu of the Beijing Rat Tribe
Li Yang of the Rat Tribe in Beijing

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