I guess when R’s parents bought a second apartment about 10 years ago, keeping the original one and renting it out as many middle-class Chinese do, they were thinking ahead to when R got married. In China, if a young man does not have a house (read: apartment), then he may be severely disadvantaged on the marriage market. Most young women, or rather their parents, see a house as the main requirement for marriage. As a Western woman, a house was not one of the things I was looking for in a man. However, I am thrilled that we have a place to live and not renting brings its advantages. Here are 3 reasons why I particularly like our house.
1. It’s really modern
Once R’s parents knew we were expecting, they set their plan in action. Get rid of the tenants, gut the apartment and refurbish it for us. And I have to say, it’s gorgeous. Brand new kitchen, tiled floor to ceiling and shiny new bathroom. Despite some interesting soft furnishings (see below), they did a fantastic job kitting it out and I know we’re going to be really comfortable here.
2. It’s really close to the amenities.
It’s just a 3 minute walk to the supermarket and fresh fruit and vegetable shop, and the Light Railway takes you to the city centre in under 10 minutes. Even better, it’s the closest I’ve ever lived to an IKEA, just one stop on the Light Railway (for replacing all the flowery and patterned soft furnishings).
3. It is directly on Dalian Airport’s flight path
Lying down on the bed, I can see a plane going in to land roughly every 3 minutes. As a keen traveller, I love flying (before I had a child) and have always loved big airports. All those people arriving somewhere new, perhaps for a new adventure, or perhaps returning home, seeing the planes landing gives me a feeling of excitement. As I currently live away from home, I know well that feeling when the plane is landing and you think to yourself ‘less than 30 minutes till I will see my family again’.
PLUS one extra reason I love my new apartment …… my husband lives here too!