A woman from Taiwan who refused to pay the high rent for a Beijing apartment took matters into her own hands last year when she reportedly built a tent-like structure on a building rooftop and has lived there most comfortably ever since.
SCMP reports that users of China’s social media have shown great interest in photos of the alternative housing, which the owner using the alias Wang Li describes as being cozier than an apartment building.
The woman built the Mongolian yurt a year ago on top of a bungalow in a Beijing hutong and has been living there the whole time, according to her posters on social media.
The 3.5 meter-diameter wooden-framed yurt cost 4,000 yuan from a factory in Inner Mongolia, the poster said.
The woman’s only complaint is that the thin walls allow too much outside noise, although previously, she paid 300 USD to live in the open area of a two bedroom apartment in New York, using curtains as her only means of privacy.
SCMP reports that people have searched for Wang and her yurt around Beijing, but nobody has been able to find it, leading some to believe the posters on social media were a scam.
Real or not, however, the yurt stands as a testament to the wildly expensive housing prices that continue to swing upward across China, forcing people to live in places like these incredibly cramped shoebox apartments.