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decorated a unique cement pipe room in 45 days, and made short videos to record the whole process and put them online, attracting many followers.
The man surnamed Long, 28, used to serve in the army and now runs a home “agritainmen
t” inn in Shaoshan, Central China’s Hunan province, the Xiaoxiang Morning Herald reported Wednesday.
Long said he has been a fan of Japanese animation and manga since childhood — especially
Doraemon, in which a pile of cement pipes is a place for Nobita Nobi to play with his friends and a shelter from bullies.
Inspired by the scene, Long has always dreamed of actually living in a concrete tube.
In January, Long started his ambitious construction plan. He used planks to form the tube frame fast
ened by steel bars, and filled it with cement. After the tube was done, he set out on interior design and decoration.
has made tremendous economic achievements, and they have enjoyed affluent material conditions since childho
od. So they set higher standards for life and ask for better quality and unique experiences,” Tang said.
“Compared with the older generation, they are more willing to pay for conveni
ence, entertainment, mental stimulation, companionship and education that will benefit their future careers.”
George Ren, a senior partner with global consultancy Roland Berger, said many companies have star
ted to respond to this demographic shift in recent years, as they have seen great potential in the singles’ economy.
“They have made products of smaller size, in smaller packages or with more divided functions. They have also deve
loped unique and personalized services to cater to the diversified demands from single people,” he said.