If you ask someone where they live, you may expect to get some address in a city, town or village, but the first line of the address doesn’t tend to start with ‘Cave 12’. Obviously that isn’t really what the address would be, but you get the idea!
Although nowadays it’s certainly thought to be a thing of the past, cave dwelling is in fact still happening. It’s said that once, even the current leader of China lived in a cave, and if you knew what it was like, then it’s likely it’d be your number 1 choice of place for retirement.
Thinking about the caves, they aren’t exactly what they once were, and with them being passed on down through generations, they have been adapted to cater for modern technology, and the vast majority of inhabited caves will have phones, water, electricity and plumbing. And, probably unsurprisingly, it’s a fairly cheap way to live. There are very few building costs, as you’re just using the environment, with the hills being dug in to, and they are indeed very efficient. There is then also space around for farmers to be able to plant their crops. This all adds up to a fairly sustainable lifestyle.
Joking about the address earlier, but the Shaanxi province actually has the most caves in China with the soil at perfect condition to be dug into to build the caves. Inside the caves, there is actually a surprising amount of space, and it’s usual to have all the walls covered with posters and decoration, and there are even some caves which have been joined together, to give a larger living space for larger families.
Whilst this isn’t the ideal life for the young who want to keep up with innovative technology, the older generation do definitely enjoy living in these caves, and you can actually rent them to try them out, but the more luxurious ones do go for around $45,000.
I suppose, if this is what you’re used to, then there’s no reason to know of any other way of living, and it’d be ideal.