The Joy of Shared Accommodation

Authors: Cheer Chan

2017-04-14

Seemingly overnight, ride-share apps and publicly available bicycles have changed the way people travel. Meanwhile, homestay and apartment rental platforms such as Airbnb are also altering people's living spaces and travel habits.
Landlord: Jeo Cheung Independent Musician
Housing location: shopping district of Chunxi Road
Time of house-sharing: since the summer to the end of 2015
Number of tenants: over 30 groups
Landlady: Jessica, Finance Manager
Housing location: near Hi-tech subway station
Time of house-sharing: since August 2015
Number of tenants: 40-50 groups
Seemingly overnight, ride-share apps and publicly available bicycles have changed the way people travel. Meanwhile, homestay and apartment rental platforms such as Airbnb are also altering people's living spaces and travel habits. In this era of sharing, open and enthusiastic Chengdu citizens have also found reasons to share their houses with others: to make friends with people from around the world and share with them the joy of living in Chengdu.
How did you come up with the idea of sharing your house with others?
Jeo Cheung: In the summer of 2015, I traveled to India and had a very good experience through Airbnb. I realized that this is a great way to meet visitors from many different places and also make some money, so I wanted to try it.
Jessica: While studying in a university in New Jersey as a sophomore, I learned about this sort of accomodation sharing. After returning to China, I posted information about my new house that I moved into on a similar online platform. As someone with an outgoing personality, I wanted to take this opportunity to make more friends.
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