Massive underground slum found in basement of luxe apartment building

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Residents of a swanky apartment complex were shocked to discover hundreds of people living underneath them — in a secret underground slum in their building’s basement.

The wealthy expats who live in Beijing’s Julong Gardens were suspicious when young strangers started showing up in their haughty high-rise this year. Authorities finally solved the mystery on a recent building inspection: 400 migrant workers are living inside a subterranean shanty town in the cellar, the South China Morning Post reported.

A slumlord has turned the windowless two-story basement into 40 bunk bed-filled dorms with up to 36 people cramming into each.

The dank, poorly ventilated space includes a shared kitchen and “smoking room,” according to the BBC.

The cellar dwellers pay around $190 a month to live in the space, one told the Post — a tenth of what their posh counterparts upstairs shell out.

It’s still unclear if the living situation is actually illegal. The basement is government owned but is likely subleased.

But the situation isn’t that unusual in Beijing, where rents are soaring and housing is scarce. The roughly one million people living in old bomb shelters under the city even have a name: the “shuzu,” or “rat tribe,” per the BBC.