China’s “ghost cities”: a fever of destruction, construction, and abandonment [3/29]

NANJING, CHINA - APRIL 01:  (CHINA OUT) More than 20 "Baymax" walk on the street on April 1, 2015 in Nanjing, Jiangsu province of China. People wearing the costume of "Baymax" to attract more customers for a real estate company today in Nanjing.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

An army of Baymax characters (from the movie “Big Hero 6”) was deployed on April 1, 2015, to attract people to a real estate company in Nanjing, China.


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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