Saturday, September 7, 2013

China’s “Ghost Towns”

    The Chinese government has invested heavily in building projects over the past decade but the results were not exactly what they had hoped.

     China's sudden increase in building projects created a ton of cities –most of which have become abandoned and massive ruins. They are brand new, architecturally beautiful -and have never had people living in them. People report that these cities could be sets the next dystopian movie.

     One good example (and there are at least 10) is Kangbashi New Area, a district of Ordos, Inner Mongolia, Northern China.

     In 2003, Ordos officials started the planning a new 1 million person city district. The Chinese government made a $161 billion investment in 2010 creating the "Dubai of Northern China" with a capacity for 300,000 people. Today there are only 20,000-30,000 residents. Economic issues are not what makes it a ghost town  — the government simply can't convince people to move there.

Live Long and Prosper...

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