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Remembering Beijing’s cramped housing


By Niu Shuping

China’s economic reforms have made a huge difference in the availability of affordable and spacious housing.

After I graduated in 1988 from a university in Wuhan, I found a job in Beijing and lived in a dormitory on the top floor of a five-storey office building.

Sixty graduates from all over China who had come to Beijing to work lived in dormitories in the building. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang even stayed there at the time.

We had only one kitchen for all 60 people. Sometimes people queued to cook dinner. We struggled to find restaurants open after 6 p.m., even in downtown Beijing.