The strange discovery of a Bizarre 4,000-year-old ‘Mole Town’ where people live entirely underground.


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Humans are always seen to be living in places where they could easily reach basic facilities of life live water, food etc. Most of the cities around the world sprouted up along the waterways for a specific reason which is going to be revealed with the discovery of a 4,000-year-old Chinese town.

The place was so remote that the discoverers had to use high powered drones to get the peak of the place named as the “mole town”. People call these people as “millennia people”. The aerial footage of the remote place is now available for the public which contains some scenes that no one has experienced before.

With the advancement in technology, it is not wrong to say that human are able to reach places which are still to be discovered. A similar example is the discovery of a remote place in China through the drone capabilities.

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The town is located in Sanmenxia City in Henan Province of China. There was no footage or image of the town available before. Thanks to the drone technology which offered the glimpse of such a mysterious place.  

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The footage captured by the drone offered incredible view of 10,000 pit yards which are home to thousands of people there.

 

The town was nicknamed as the “Mole Town”. According to the researchers, 3,000 people lived in the underground dwellings they used to call as “yaodongs (house caves)”. The recently became accessible to the new coming tourists to experience their culture.

The most interesting fact about the dwellings is that they exist underground. The walls of these dwellings are extremely well insulated that during the winters, the temperature of these dwellings remain about 50 degrees Fahrenheit while in the summer, it remains about 68 degrees only.  

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The infrastructure of these dwellings is also very interesting. All of the dwellings are connected through the series of tunnels and subterranean caves. These caves and tunnels were built long ago. Residents use caves and head upstairs to exit the dwellings and go to ground level.

There is no special material used for the construction of the cave walls. The natural materials available locally were used. The depth of the caves is from 20 to 23 feet while the length is from 33 to 39 feet each. More than six generations, tracing back to 200 years have lived in these dwellings.

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In Bronze Age, it was common for people to live in deep pits. That was the time when the yaodongs originated. The popularity of the structures even increased during Qing and Ming dynasties.

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The buildings are under the conservation since they were listed as the form of intangible cultural heritage in 2011. The ancient town is being updated with modern and renovated utility standards.

Some of the yaodongs are so updated that they are energy efficient, soundproof and even fully earthquake resistant. The builders of yaodongs gave special attention to the caution of natural disasters. They made walls next to their homes to prevent their dwellings from flooding during storms.

 

With the passage of time, the local government also realized that the yaodongs dwellings were receiving special interest by the tourist outside the country. They decided to protect the sites as a heritage. The sites have now become one of the most popular tourist attraction point of the country.

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The soil of Henan province also played a vital role in keeping the original shape of the ancient buildings over time. Unlike other soils, the soil of Henan province is solid and boggy. It does not shrink or shifts with the passage of time. This has contributed to the longevity of the yaodongs.

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The dwellings were so well structured that it costs almost nothing to live in them today. Many dwellings have been built on sloped land so that the vegetables and plants can be grown. So, how does it costs to live in such a place?

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According to recent stats, it is estimated that the living cost of a one-bedroom dwelling without plumbing is almost $29 per month. It means that these dwellings are surprisingly cheap to live in. What’s more interesting is that you can even buy an entire house of three bedrooms and a bath in about $4,500 only.

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It is an amazing chance for anyone willing to experience a rich cultural heritage to visit the Mole Town and enjoy the ancient civilization.

 

There is a number of other beautiful and undiscovered places in the world which we would never be able to discover without the help of technology. Now it has opened new ways for us to discover more.

 

 


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