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The Chinese “Lay Flat” Attitude: No Mortgage, No Marriage, No Kids

Lay flat image from a Chinese forum. I'm laying flat, you come and do what you wish.

Lay flat image from a Chinese forum. I’m laying flat, you come and do what you wish.

It has always been tough for the vast majority of people in China. The wealth disparity is huge in China. If you are from a top city in China, then chances are that your life will be much easier than the rest of China. This has led to a despairing attitude called “Laying Flat”, where young people opt out of the usual social progressions of Chinese life: house, marriage, kids.

Chinese Housing Market: Trying to Figure it Out

Housing in China is a really hot market. Prices are skyrocketing. Yet there are some very curious trends. More farmland is being converted to tall apartment buildings, but when finished are hardly occupied. In fact at night there are few lights on, and few people live there. What is the point of all these empty apartment buildings? Meanwhile housing prices continue to rise, becoming more out of reach to the average Chinese family. Speculation abounds.