How much it costs to live in 'dystopian' apartment block where its 20,000 residents never need to go outside
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An apartment block in China has got internet users fixated on its 'dystopian' look and impressive facilities, but how much does it actually cost to live there?
There are a lot of people out there who would probably be happy to pay good money if it meant they literally had everything they needed on their doorstep.
Sure, you might miss the smell of fresh air, but that's what windows are for, right?
It might be hard to imagine living a life in which you never need to go outside, but it's very much a reality for residents of the Regent International, a huge building in Qianjiang Century City, located in Hangzhou’s central business district in China.
Equipped with nail salons, supermarkets, swimming pools and internet cafes, the building is home to around 20,000 residents who live in apartments that take up much of the building.
Though convenience is definitely a plus for those who live in the apartments, a lot of internet users have made clear they're not clamoring to live there, with one going as far as to describe it as an 'expensive prison'.
Another raised an important point: "imagine morning rush hour waiting for the elevator."
That probably wouldn't be ideal, but whether you consider the building to be a 'prison' or a haven of opportunity, how much are people paying to live there?
According to the Chinese news agency Sina, the cost of apartments at the Regent International vary depending on how big they are and what they have to offer.
Smaller apartments without windows typically rent for about 1,500 RMB ($220) per month, while bigger apartments that come equipped with a balcony would set you back about 4,000 RMB ($550) per month.
Sounds pretty good in comparison to the rent prices in the US, doesn't it?
The building attracts a lot of graduates and soon-to-be graduates, as well as young working professionals like influencers and small business owners.
By removing the need for its residents to go outside, the construction company behind the building, The Broad Group, has explained that the apartments could help keep at least 2,000 cars off the streets.
The Regent International was originally intended to be a boutique six-star hotel before it was repurposed as a residential property.