|Three chickens are left in the corridor of a tube-shaped apartment building. Most of residents move out. (CNS Photo/ Ren Dong)|
The so-called tube-shaped apartment building is a building with a corridor running through the main structure with rooms on both sides of it. Usually there are over ten families living on one floor and each family lives in one room. Some rooms are used as kitchen shared by three or four families and the toilet is also shared.
This kind of building with long corridor, bathroom and toilet are all public houses. Numerous Chinese people started their family life in the tube-shaped apartment buildings.
There is no privacy in the tube-shaped apartment building. You are always doing your own business while listening to quarrels of neighbors. In the gloomy and simple buildings, you can taste the real flavor of life.