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Container Homes In Chengdu, 18 SQM, Only 6 RMB Rent Per Day

A man applies finishing touches to a container home in Chengdu.
For habitable containers, the biggest advantage is that the price is cheap. A 3*6 meter container's rent is 6 yuan/day, sale price is 10,000 yuan, and can even be customized.
A row of "container homes" in Chengdu, China that cost less than 1 USD to rent per day.
2010 December 16th, next to Qingpi Avenue in Wenjiang District of Sichuan in Chengdu province, "snail homes" created out of containers are preparing to receive tenants. These kind of inhabitable containers are 18 square meters large, can be moved any time, and are even resistant to earthquakes.

From QQ & Mop:

Container “snail homes” appear in Chengdu, 6 yuan per day rent

A young Chinese girl sticks her head out the window of a container home, which costs 6 RMB per day to rent, or 10,000 RMB to purchase.
The live-in containers are steel structures. Inside and out are metal sheets, sandwiched between them are 5 centimeters of flame-retardant foam, forming the walls of the container. The four edges of the wall are sealed and fixed with metal, all size sides welded together, and with a tiled floor, an 18 square meter small home is built.
The inside of a new container home, metal sheet walls and a tiled floor.
Beside every container is a convenient water source, and this reporter saw that one floor even had a resident cooking inside. A worker named Yong Jianwei said: "There are a lot of people living here and it isn't cold inside, and what more, the place is close to the work site, so it is very convenient."
A man applies finishing touches to a container home in Chengdu.
For habitable homes, the biggest advantage is that the price is cheap. A 3*6 meter container's rent is 6 yuan/day, sale price is 10,000 yuan, and can even be customized.
A young girl on a cell phone standing at the window to one of Chengdu's container homes.
The first place where this kind of container homes appeared was Shenzhen and at present, Shanghai, Zhengzhou, Changsha, and many other cities also already have them.

Comments from QQ:

腾讯网友:

Are there still any available for rent? I too want to rent one, bring it over to Guangzhou to live in…

苏州市:

I wonder what the noise-insulation is like?

腾讯网友:

Comrade, hello! We are from the chengguan department. This [home] of your’s is considered an illegal building and in accordance with relevant regulations, you are fined 5000 yuan, and are hereby ordered to dismantle/demolish it within 2 days!

腾讯湘潭市网友:

No one wants to live in containers, no one wants to live in tunnels, but it is because housing prices are too high, because this world is full of unfairness!

腾讯上海市网友:

The ordinary common people can now only live within containers. The [government] leadership ought to reflect on this.

腾讯珠海市网友:

Other than sadness, [I] do not have any other feeling/impression.

腾讯网友:

The cost is too expensive. If they were cheaper, I’d want 10 of them, to rent to those workers who come from out of town to work [migrant workers]. Those workers only make 1000-2000 per month here, and rent is several hundred kuai [yuan, RMB].

腾讯宁波市网友:

Uh oh, now the chengguan are going to come “manage” it~~~~

腾讯南宁市网友:

With pork being 12 kuai per half kg these days and this house is 6 kuai per day in rent, what kind of sound insulation do you expect?????

腾讯网友:


Seeing this news, I feel I am really blessed, having both a house and a car, though this results in me becoming a house [mortgage] slave and a car [loan] slave, owning a tone of money. We post-80s generation are only here to repay debts. Fuck.

The reason why sound insulation is important. Personals @ chinaSMACK.

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