Want China Times reports on the rise of newly built ghost towns in China:
According to the Terminology Committee of the country's Ministry of National Science and Technology, a ghost city refers to an abandoned city with depleted resources. This definition has now been expanded however to describe any city with a high rate of unoccupied buildings where few people live and where the houses are dark in the evenings.Vice on HBO devotes a segment to the towns:
As the country steps up its drive to encourage people to move from the countryside to urban centers, local governments and construction companies have been rushing to build new town
Of the 12 new ghost cities, four are in Inner Mongolia, including Kangbashi New District in Ordos, a city that has become rich through its coal resources.
Fifteen years ago, China changed its policy so people could buy their own homes. Real-estate investments boomed, and new cities began popping up each year, many inspired by western design and mimicking iconic locales like Paris and lower Manhattan. The problem is: people don’t live here. One ghost city in Inner Mongolia, built to house one million people, is now an empty shell of unoccupied skyscrapers and abandoned construction sites.