Old cave homes given new lease of life

The interior and exterior of an old cave dwelling that has been converted into a boutique hotel in Mengzhou, in China's Henan province. Cave dwellings were an ancient way of life in the mountainous region. With more than 180 cave dwellings still rema
PHOTO: XINHUA
The interior and exterior of an old cave dwelling that has been converted into a boutique hotel in Mengzhou, in China's Henan province. Cave dwellings were an ancient way of life in the mountainous region. With more than 180 cave dwellings still rema
PHOTO: XINHUA

The interior and exterior of an old cave dwelling that has been converted into a boutique hotel in Mengzhou, in China's Henan province. Cave dwellings were an ancient way of life in the mountainous region. With more than 180 cave dwellings still remaining in Mengzhou, the local authorities hired rural construction design teams to refurbish some of the old sites, turning them into hotels, provision shops and a library.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 24, 2017, with the headline 'Old cave homes given new lease of life'. Print Edition | Subscribe