The last of China's cave dwellers want nothing to do with modern housing

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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/05/14/the-last-of-chinas-cave-dwel.html

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Five of the cave dwelling families were totally into the deal.

Well, they were agreeable to the idea of taking the deal. Reportedly they still thought it wasn’t enough money and the housing they were being offered was sub-standard (too small and poorly built), which is part of why the others don’t want to take the deal (also they’d be separated from the lands they work, would end up in a community where they don’t speak the language, etc.).

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Troglodytes, not always an insult.

Also, how to fun would it be to say yes when someone asks if you’ve been living under a rock?

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How much tourism economy do their caves pull in, after all is said and done?

And also, why not just send someone to check up on them every few years or so, and make up a name that describes feeling around in the dark caves, “Sense-us” or something

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An excellent idea. Alas, the PRC isn’t known for tolerating alternative lifestyles and non-joiners. I hope they get to stay in their homes.

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cave dwellers

But are they nervous cave dwellers?

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Did someone say “cave dwellers”?!

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So the question is, will the other 18… cave in?

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The upwardly mobile strivers probably will. The rest don’t know the middle class from a hole in the ground.

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Your writeup is a bit off. You refer repeatedly to Guizhou as if it were a small, isolated place when it is an enormous and varied province. ZhongDong and the Zhong cave that is the subject of the article are small and isolated places within the province.

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Some days…

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