China’s “ghost cities”: a fever of destruction, construction, and abandonment [4/29]

TAIYUAN, CHINA - MARCH 20:  (CHINA OUT) One hundred abandoned villas are seen on March 20, 2015 in Taiyuan, Shanxi province of China. One hundred abandoned villas were found on March 20 in Taiyuan.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

TAIYUAN, CHINA – One hundred abandoned villas as seen on March 20, 2015 in Taiyuan, Shanxi province of China.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

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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.

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