All the electric gates of modern apartment buildings in Kaifu District of Changsha City are kept wide open. Once closed, they wouldn't open again because of an ongoing power shortage.
Such scenarios are not uncommon in central China's Hunan where people's lives are being disrupted as the province rations power amid a serious power shortage.
Hunan will continue to cut power in cities across the province till early June.
A spokesman for the Hunan Provincial Commission of Economy and Information Technology says it's impossible to calculate the number of people affected by the power cuts.