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Chinese cellar dwellers fight for home
High rents force Beijing people underground, converting Cold War-era shelters into homes.
Last Modified: 31 Dec 2010 07:45 GMT

For a literal example of lying low you might want to visit  Beijing where high rent prices have forced people to go underground.

Residents have been converting Cold War-era air raid shelters into cheap apartments.  

But as Al Jazeera's Melissa Chan reports, landlords are now engaged in a fight with the government to keep their unusual properties.

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