Underneath the streets of Beijing, there are over a million people who live in nuclear bunkers.

A Million People Live in These Underground Nuclear Bunkers

In the late ’60s and ‘70s, anticipating the devastation of a Cold War-nuclear fallout, Chairman Mao directed Chinese cities to construct apartments with bomb shelters capable of withstanding the blast of a nuclear bomb. In Beijing alone, roughly 10,000 bunkers were promptly constructed.

But when China opened its door to the broader world in the early ’80s, Beijing’s defense department seized the opportunity to lease the shelters to private landlords, eager to profit from converting the erstwhile fallout hideaways into tiny residential units.

Now when night falls, more than a million people—mostly migrant workers and students from rural areas—vanish from Beijing’s bustling streets into the underground universe, little known to the wo… Continue Reading

Source: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2017/02/atomic-rooms-beijing-china-housing/