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Living Underground in Beijing


Stuff You Should Know: Living Underground in Beijing pengyou91/Thinkstock
Stuff You Should Know: Living Underground in Beijing pengyou91/Thinkstock

Chairman Mao’s paranoia of a Soviet invasion led to hundreds of thousands of Beijing residents put to work for a decade building an 85-square-km underground city to serve as a massive bomb shelter. Instead it’s illegal underground housing today.

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