100 People In China Live In This Cave, Which Had A Basketball Court And Even A School!

China can be known not only for its industrial empire and the Communist government that rules the land, but there are some amazing views to behold: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, the Li River, and even Mount Everest.

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All of these monuments and wonderful works of nature have well established stories that have been told for generations. However, there is another landmark that is still developing it’s legend to this day. Zhongdong village, located in the Guizhou province in south-eastern China, is the only settlement that’s inhabited all year inside of a completely natural cave.

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The cave, up until recently, could only be accessed through an hour long hike through the mountains from the nearest village. This had been an incredible inconvenience, especially for the younger villagers. When the school that was being held inside the cave got shut down by the national government in 2008, the children were made to make a two hour trek twice a day for other schooling.

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In an attempt to improve the living situations of the villagers, the elders of Zhongdong asked the government for a road that could link the cave to the outside world. The village had access to sources of news such as television and newspapers occasionally, but still remained disconnected enough from the rest of civilization to be lacking in certain necessary resources.

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Present day, the government has asked the inhabitants to leave the cave in search of other shelter for the reason that “China is not a society of cavemen”, but the vast majority of the cave dwellers remain. The beautiful mountainside has gained quite a bit of tourism as a result of all of the media attention, and a road connecting the village to other villages.

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This good news has come at a cost, however. All of the students that had previously attended the school inside of the cave were sent away from the natural monument to receive schooling somewhere else. However, the mountain fought for custody, and won. The children are allowed to return on weekends and during the holidays.

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An ending fitting for the contemporary Flintstones-esque communism-driven fairy tale.