China’s “ghost cities”: a fever of destruction, construction, and abandonment [6/29]

Unfinished Buildings In Rizhao

Unfinished buildings are seen at Lanshan district on May 10, 2014 in Rizhao, Shandong province of China. Unfinished buildings at Lanshan district are the result of insufficient funds of real estate developers.  (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)


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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