Zhang Qi, a 25-year-old has taken up residence in a 21-square-foot capsule apartment to save on rent in order to help her family. Beijing's capsule apartments were designed and built by a 72-year-old retired engineer and rent for less than a third of the standard Beijing apartment.
Zhang's primary objection to Beijing's capsule apartments is the fact that the toilet and shower are on a different floor of the complex. She is the first occupant of this smaller-than-a-jail-cell housing, but thinks that the apartments will appeal to other young people who want independence on a budget.
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