Written by Shyam
The Other Side of Chinese Growth - Ghost Cities
These amazing images show sprawling cities built in remote parts of china which are completely empty, even years after construction! China in their drive for high GDP figures has created a huge real estate speculative boom which is at dangerous levels. Around 20 new cities are built every where which find few end users.
China's most famous ghost city - Ordos
The area is filled with office towers, administrative centers, government buildings, museums, theaters and sports fields—not to mention acre on acre of subdivisions overflowing with middle-class duplexes and bungalows.
The only problem: the district was originally designed to house, support and entertain 1 million people, yet hardly anyone lives there.
There are no cars in the city, except for a few dozen parked at the glamorous government center!
Here's China's biggest ghost city: Zhengzhou New District
This $19 billion development is packed with blocks of empty houses
Like Ordos, Zhengzhou New District has glamorous public buildings
Zhengzhou New District residential towers -- EMPTY
This city was built in the middle of a desert: Erenhot, Xilin Gol, Inner Mongolia
Half of Erenhot is empty. The other half is unfinished
The ghost city of Dantu has been mostly empty for over a decade
In most neighborhoods of Dantu, there are no cars, no signs of life
The mostly empty city of Bayannao’er, which boasts a beautiful town hall and World Bank-sponsored water reclamation building
These are just a few examples of the many ghost cities. List would surely keep increasing with many more being made every year!