SUBTERRANEAN DWELLINGS IN CHINA
In the parts of China where there is a lack of stone, the underground life is nothing really unusual since its beginnings date back to around 4000 years ago. The southern part of Shanxi province has a long tradition of subterranean dwellings and there are numerous families that have been living beneath the surface for generations. Those are the original mole people who weren’t forced out of their homes and into the underground – they actually chose this lifestyle because they prefer it that way. Wang Shouxian, a 70 year old man, is the only person alive who knows how to build the original dwellings and he was named an intangible cultural heritage expert. His family has been living in the same underground home for the last 300 years, but he will probably be the last one as his children decided to leave.