13 May 2013 07:45 | By Santirta Martendano and Alyssa Woo
Old shipping containers 'home' to China's poor

For $80 a month, shipping containers are available for rental to poor households in Shanghai



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In the glitzy Chinese port city of Shanghai, home for some poor families is, well, a shipping container.

The containers, which provide shelter for households which cannot afford proper housing, are each leased out at 500 yuan (USD80) per month. Even though these people have shelter and fare better than those without, there is still no proper insulation against the cold in winter months.

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