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WHAT IF YOU COULD NEVER LEAVE YOUR HOUSE?

DYSTOPIA

: an imaginary place where people are unhappy and usually afraid because they are not treated fairly also : a work of literature about such a place

dystopia

Imagine a life where you have everything you need in the confines of your apartment block and never actually have to leave.

For some people, the idea of being in between the same four walls 24/7 may sound like hell... though it would certainly be a convenient way of living, right? Well, it is the way of living for at least 20,000 people in China - with some of them not experiencing anything different.

These thousands of people live in a complex known as the Regent International, a colossal building in Qianjiang Century City, located in Hangzhou’s central business district. So why don't these people have to leave? Well, because they have every necessity they could ever need inside the building, there is literally no need to go and venture outdoors for what they need.

Of course, the building cannot provide fresh air unless you open a window, so you're probably going to want to head for some air and stretch your legs once in a while. The amazing-looking building stands at 675ft tall, offering 260,000 square metres of space, subsequently making it one of the largest buildings in China.

The complex can accommodate up to 30,000 residents, however it does currently house a slightly lower number of 20,000. You're probably thinking what amazing facilities does this building have to keep people inside... Well, this is very much dependant on what side of the building you live on. But whatever side it may be, you are going to find facilities just like you'd find in your local town. This includes a massive food court, barber shops, nail salons, medium-sized supermarkets, swimming pools, and even internet cafes.

The building has recently gone viral on social media thanks to TikTok coverage of its facilities.While what is inside is certainly impressive, the sheer scale of the building is what has grabbed many people's attentions online.

When the building was designed by Alicia Loo, the chief designer of the world’s second seven-star hotel, the Singapore Sands Hotel, it was intended to be a six-star hotel. But it now thrives as a building boasting thousands of apartments and hosting even more residents. The swanky apartments are popular amongst students, graduates and young professionals.

And if you're curious about how much it costs to live here, small apartments without windows usually go for around 1,500 RMB per month ($210), according to local news outlets.Meanwhile, some of the larger properties with balconies are on the market for 4,000 RMB per month ($570).

so... how much??

What DOES RMB stand for?

Renminbi Renminbi, also known as RMB, is the currency system in China. The base unit of the renminbi is yuan, which can be written as CNY. The Chinese word "renminbi" (RMB) means "people's money". It was named so because it was issued by the people's government of China.

S0, WHAT DO YOU THINK?

reality or myth?