More Than 30 Million People Still Live in Caves

Over 30 million Chinese make their homes in caves, according to a recent report by the Los Angeles Times.

Reporting from Yanan, China, the newspaper details the varieties of cave dwellers’ experiences.

Many live in Shaanxi province, where the region’s porous soil is particularly well-suited for easy digging.

The caves, called yaodong in Chinese, are usually dug into the side of a mountain. Often rice paper or blankets hang from semicircular entrances to serve as makeshift doors.

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