China’s “ghost cities”: a fever of destruction, construction, and abandonment [20/29]

Ghost City In Yunnan

Photo shows several construction sites on November 22, 2013 in Chenggong, Yunnan Province of China. Chenggong is a satellite city located just south of Kunming. As of 2012, much of the newly constructed housing in Chenggong is still unoccupied, and it is reportedly one of the largest ghost towns in Asia. According to a China Youth Daily report in July, at least 12 such ghost cities across the country have been found. Besides the best known of these – Ordos in North China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the list also included Changzhou in Jiangsu, Zhengdong New Area in Henan Province, Shiyan in Hubei and Chenggong District of Kunming in Yunnan.  (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. 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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