Wuhan is the most heavily populated city in central China with 6.5 million residents. As such space in the city centre sells for a premium. One entrepreneur, Wang Jia, converted a six story building into 55 apartments. Each totals 4.5 square metres – or 48 square feet. On eBay you can buy 12 interlocking gym mats that total 48 square feet.
Simpler yet – I am 6 foot tall. This apartment would fit me lying down, then allow me 8 feet from my bedroom wall to the door.
In that space is a kitchenette, bathroom, bedroom. Consider it a cell with a shower.
In Wuhan that hasn’t stopped enterprising couples and singles from turning the space into their own. Ms Chen works in a department store and gets her make-up ready each day (above). Mr Wu and Mr Yan are rarely home at the same time so there’s space for both (below). I like Ms Zhang – she’s not let her date washing hair interrupt her visit with a friend (bottom).
More photos of life in a capsule apartment can be found here on China Daily.