#Chinawatch: China's "Ghost Cities" in Pictures

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Here are some the photos of the "Unborn Cities" collection


Near Yujiapu Financial District, Binhai New Area, Tianjin

A design rendering at a construction zone near Meixi Lake Development, Chengsha

Yujiapu Financial District, Binhai Nre Rea, Tianjin

Near Kangbashi New Area, Ordos, Inner Mongolia

LCD screens on a building glow near Kangbashi New Area, Ordos, Inner Mongolia

A portion of Yujiapu Financial District's skyline in the hazy light of day. The district is part of Binhai New Area, Tianjin

Construction continues on a pavilion outside of Ordos, Inner-Mongolia

Uncompleted residential buildings in the Meixi Lake Development, near Changsha

An abstract sculpture frames a construction project near Meixi Lake Development, Changsha, Hunan province

Palm trees surround a construction area near Yujiapu Financial District, Binhai New Area, Tianjin


Office buildings glow in the early morning darkness of the Yujiapu Financial District, Binhai New Area, Tianjin

A residential high-rise nears completion near Meixi Lake Development, Changsha

Residential buildings in the Meixi Lake Development, near Changsha

Ordos 100 is a construction project curated by Al Weiwei and architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron near Ordos, Inner-Mongolia

Construction near Changsha, Hunan province




 
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Ive seen these before, I think there are some built in Africa too.

Why are these places not offered up to refugees?  They could fill them, have decent homes and start a economy there.
 

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[video=youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZdBeczDLpA[/video]

[font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The cities were built by the provinces to inflate their GDP in order to get promotions.[/font]

[font=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]They borrowed the money from the state owned banks for huge non-profitable infrastructure projects like these, and were unable to pay when the loans came due, and the debt is becoming a serious burden to the Party. So what do they do, they print more money.[/font]
 

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toadfish said:
Ive seen these before, I think there are some built in Africa too.

Why are these places not offered up to refugees?  They could fill them, have decent homes and start a economy there.


China already has more than enough trouble with Islamic Fundamentalists without bringing even more in.
 
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There is no doubt that the one child policy is now starting to hurt China's economy.  The Chinese population is growing old, and old people don't make economic growth. The Japanese economy has been utterly paralyzed by its aging population.
 
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