China's most notorious Ghost Towns

Ever wondered what's up with China's empty cities and towns?

Ordos The daddy of ghost projects, Ordos is a public-works project designed for a million residents in the wealthy Inner Mongolia mining town of Kangbashi. Ordos spawned hundreds of government buildings, museums, roads, apartment blocks and cozy picket-fence homes – and more than a few photo essays, detailing this picture-perfect city without citizens.

New South China Mall This million square-foot flop is the world’s largest, least successful mall. At its peak opening in 2005, this unloved shopping outpost was 99 percent vacant. Most visitors now tend to be foreign journalists, marveling at the deserted mall’s rotting replicas of landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe and Venetian canals.

Chenggong Provincial capital Kunming in southwest China suffers overcrowding. Lucky, then, there’s a city 15 miles away with several universities, multiple high rises and shiny municipal buildings – just no people. Depending who you believe, Chenggong is either a symbol of gross overcapacity or a wise investment in infrastructure against a potentially less solvent future.

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