China’s “ghost cities”: a fever of destruction, construction, and abandonment [2/29]

TENGCHONG, CHINA - NOVEMBER 07: (CHINA OUT) Almost no lights were on at "Tengchong Century Town" cottages on November 7, 2014 in Tengchong, Yunnan province of China. The "Tengchong Century Town" developed by Century Golden Resources Group in south China's Yunnan province was the largest city construction in local Tengchong Town support tourism industry. While few families resided cottages there after they being finished four years agao due to the incomplete commercial facilities and transportation systems as well as the expensive housing price. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

Almost no lights were on in China’s Tengchong Century Town in November 2014.

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Overzealous construction in China has left the country with a large number of empty developments clinging to the outskirts of major cities — a problem that some real estate developers have sought to solve with a bizarre side industry in the rental of Westerners to glamorize the areas and attract visitors. Click here for a short video report on the rent-a-foreigner industry, and click through this slideshow to see some of those “ghost cities” and other evidence of China’s fever of destruction, construction and abandonment.

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