A Beijing Girl Build a Yurt in Beijing As Her Home

Introduction: A Beijing Girl Build a Yurt in Beijing As Her Home

In Beijing, house renting counts a big part

of daily consumption for the people who are not local of Beijing.

A girl~we call her “yurt girl”, build a yurt herself as her house, till now she’s living there for one year.

As we all know in Beijing old Hutong, the minimum cost for renting a house is CNY3000 per month that does not include agency cost. A white-collar worker can earn CNY5000 per month. That kind of house may does not even have a private bathroom.

“Yurt girl” wanna move out from her tiny bedroom, but she does not know where she could afford to live.

Exactly, one of her friends pointed at the
balcony and in joke said: “why not build a yurt here?”. Several days later, “yurt girl” really build a yurt there.

At the beginning, “yurt girl” found “Mongolia yurt”. All yurt structure are wooden, felt and canvas cover. She choose the smallest model 3.5meters diameter which costs her CNY7000. After she placed the order, she starts busy building her deck for yurt.(Following photo is the ground where she planned to build the deck)

Several days later, “yurt girl” received her yurt packages.

Build a yurt is siple, just erect the
lattice wall, tie the rafters on and put rafter inside the central ring. Then cover on the felt cover, cover the outer canvas

After finishing yurt building, “yurt girl”
move in her yurt. Several days later, Beijing starts snow heavily. Her friend are very worry about her yurt, they even imagine the next morning they could only see a totally broken yurt.

While it turns out that the yurt stands stable, even did not move, only with a new snow cover. Check the inside yurt, no leakage. Following is a photo which shows the yurt stand by after big snow~what a romantic view.

Reported by Andrew Z

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    7 Discussions


    4 years ago

    Sweet! Nice job! good for you!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    one of her friends pointed at the balcony and in joke said: “why not build a yurt here?”

    So who pays rent on the balcony? I suppose this will work till the landlord comes by, catches them "squatting" and has both tenant and yurtgirl evicted? At least that's how it would work here. Like the people who get caught living in, or running a business from, their rental storage units.

    I do like yurts, and the larger ones can be quite comfortable to live in. That IS what they were designed for.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    LoL, of course the girl need to pay rent for the balcony, but much cheaper than rent a room. In fact without the help of house owner she can not even got water, power line etc.

    But as far as I know, this girl only lived there for one year, because a yurt in Beijing city on the balcony is not legal, finally found by the city management and move the yurt. What yurt girl news tell us is"sometimes yurt can really live in as a home"


    “yurt girl”- sounds like a new superhero has just been debuted to the world.

    Uncle Kudzu
    Uncle Kudzu

    5 years ago

    Such a beautiful structure! No interior photos?


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Ah, I am glad you like it, here are some more photos for the internal view

    wood structure yurt.jpginside yurt.jpg