These houses that birthed some of the roughest and toughest people in East Asia are all but becoming a thing of the past. This poor mud house is no longer around! Even in the the most remote villages in the poorest of areas of NE China, the mud adobe house is hard to find. The fire bed or 火炕 that radiates heat through the house is still used in the brick upgrades the people build to improve their quality of life by including more modern electrical lines and maybe even flushable toilets. The metal and plastic water basis still sit in the corners as old habits don't die easy even with a faucet.