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Inside ‘dystopian’ apartment block in China where its 20,000 residents never need to go outside

https://www.unilad.com/community/life/china-dystopian-apartent-block-never-outside-695016-20240531

By Gerrard Kaonga

Inside ‘dystopian' apartment block where its 20,000 residents never need to go outside

Thousands of people live in one of China’s largest apartment block which is so well equipped residents never actually have to leave.

This company is able to provide residents with everything they need, so they never have to go outside again.

Finding the right place to live can prove to be difficult because you want it to be as perfect as possible.

You want to make sure its in a decent location for work, easy to see friends and family, is affordable, maybe even has entertainment close by, right?

Well, imagine if you never had to really leave your apartment block and could essentially get all the things you need.

Would that be a utopian dream or a dystopian nightmare?

It seems at least 20,000 people are living that reality regardless in one of China’s largest buildings.

Would this be a utopian dream or a dystopian nightmare? (TikTok/@fatheristheone)

Would this be a utopian dream or a dystopian nightmare? (TikTok/@fatheristheone)

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.

Now, why don’t the people living here tend to leave? Well, because all of their necessities are pretty close to them.

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 previously gone viral on social media thanks to TikTok coverage of its facilities.

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. (TikTok/@fatheristheone)

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. (TikTok/@fatheristheone)

While what is inside is certainly impressive, the sheer scale of the building is what has grabbed many people’s attentions online.

In a video uploaded to TikTok by the user @fatheristheone, the immensity of the building is showcased with incredible drone footage.

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 (yes, you read that correctly) 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).

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@fatheristheone

Topics: ChinaWorld News

Realtor gives an inside look to ‘dystopian' building where 20,000 residents never need to go outside

Realtor gives an inside look to ‘dystopian’ building where 20,000 residents never need to go outside

The huge apartment block has enough amenities inside that a resident might never even need to leave

Kit Roberts

Kit Roberts

A realtor has offered a look inside an enormous ‘dystopian’ apartment building in China.

Located in Qianjiang Century City in Hangzhou’s central business district, the building is called the Regent International, and offers a huge range of amenities to residents.

This includes everything from gyms to supermarkets to swimming pools, and even things like hairdressers.

It’s up to the point that you might not even ever need to leave the building itself to get everything you need in your day-to-day life.

The enormous building has space to accommodate up to 30,000 residents, though it currently houses a slightly lower number of 20,000.

Still, that’s a lot of people living in just one building.

Facilities inside the complex include a massive food court, barber shops, nail salons, supermarkets, swimming pools, and even internet cafes.

Inside the enormous apartment block in China. (expat-home.com)

Inside the enormous apartment block in China. (expat-home.com)

Regent International has previously gone viral on social media as a result of TikTok videos about the myriad amenities that it offers to residents.

Now images from a real estate agent show what residents can expect to have while they’re inside the building itself.

The result is some pretty impressive interiors, with flats that have a selection of different layouts.

In addition to this, the interior is also festooned with marble hallways, which give the place a rather luxurious and grandiose feel inside.

Whether it’s somewhere that people might find to be a utopia of convenience, or a dystopian nightmare is something entirely entirely however.

But just how much does it cost to actually live in this enormous complex of apartments?

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. (TikTok/@fatheristheone)

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. (TikTok/@fatheristheone)

If you want one of the smaller apartments without windows, yes, no actual windows, then this will set you back less.

These apartments commonly rent for around 1,500 RMB ($220) per month.

But what if you want something with actual sunlight coming in, which would seem understandable.

A larger apartment will come with a balcony, offering a bit of outdoor space as well as that all important sunlight, and can set you back about 4,000 RMB ($550) each month.

It’s not bad at all is it really, all things considered.

But why have so many amenities inside?

Well, the construction company which built the complex, called The Broad Group, explained that this is to do with reducing traffic levels.

The company has estimated that the building will keep at least 2,000 cars off the streets by removing residents’ need to travel long distances for their amenities.

It’s aimed at graduates and students who are close to graduating, and is also popular with young professionals including influencers, as well as people who own small businesses.

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/@fatheristheone/ /expat-home.com

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