China’s “ghost cities”: a fever of destruction, construction, and abandonment [13/29]

China Plans Shanty Town Reconstruction

Clothes hang out to dry outside a house in a shanty town near new construction on April 15, 2010 in Changchun, Jilin Province, China. Many low-income residents cannot afford the increasingly expensive houses, with property prices jumping a record 11.7 percent in March. In an attempt to house hundreds of thousands of people, the Changchun Municipality plans to finish the reconstruction of shanty town areas in the city in three years. (Photo by China Photos/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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