Adultery Responsible for Beijing’s Gentrification

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This picture taken on January 19, 2013 shows a Chinese man sitting on a motorbike in front of luxury apartment blocks at the seaside city of Sanya, in China's southern Hainan province.  It was billed as China's Dubai: a cluster of sail-shaped skyscrapers on a manmade island surrounded by tropical sea, the epitome of an unprecedented property boom that transformed skylines across the country.  But prices on Phoenix Island, off the palm-tree lined streets of the resort city of Sanya, have plummeted in recent months, exposing the hidden fragilities of China's growing but sometimes unbalanced economy.
This picture taken on January 19, 2013 shows a Chinese man sitting on a motorbike in front of luxury apartment blocks at the seaside city of Sanya, in China's southern Hainan province. It was billed as China's Dubai: a cluster of sail-shaped skyscrapers on a manmade island surrounded by tropical sea, the epitome of an unprecedented property boom that transformed skylines across the country. But prices on Phoenix Island, off the palm-tree lined streets of the resort city of Sanya, have plummeted in recent months, exposing the hidden fragilities of China's growing but sometimes unbalanced economy. Photo: WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images

It's getting really hard to afford apartments in Beijing, thanks in part to so many wealthy men buying apartments for their mistresses. According to Aeon magazine, in an article focusing on the lives of China's kept women, Chinese businessmen regularly purchase apartments for their "second woman," often moving their lovers from their rural homes to more conveniently located shag pads in the city.

In 2010, there were an estimated 200,000 mistresses residing in Beijing apartments, reports Quartz. And as more men snap up prime real estate and fill it with "their women," they're unknowingly creating neighborhoods of young women living large in $400,000 apartments. Like gentrification, but way sexier! Just wait until Blue Bottle moves in.

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