We Have Ghost Estates: China Has Ghost Cities

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A $19 billion development in Zhengzhou, packed with blocks of empty apartments
The New District Residential Towers: all empty.
Glamorous public buildings in Zhengzhou which have never been used.

China is in the midst of a huge economic boom right now and, in the spirit of Communist nanny-statehood, the government has taken it upon itself to construct vast urban developments wherever it sees fit and – seemingly – without factoring in what the people actually want.

The result: places like Zhengzhou New District (above), home to just some of the country’s 64,000,000 vacant homes.

Wen Jiabao: a word in your ear.

And Now Presenting: Amazing Satellite Images Of The Ghost Cities Of China (Business Insider)

The ghost towns of China: Amazing satellite images show cities meant to be home to millions lying deserted (Mail Online)