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What happened to China’s ghost cities?

Ten years ago, I saw many videos about ghost cities all over China.

At that time, I said that it is a matter of time for these ghost cities to be occupied.

Furthermore, these cities were built using spare idle resources in a global economic recession following the global financial crisis.

Why keep people idle when a government could offer them useful and productive jobs.

China was being criticized in the western media as creating white elephants and being wasteful.

What happened to these ghost cities?

I saw a recent video quoting an example of a ghost city that is now being well occupied.

However, I am not sure if this is reflective of the other ghost cities.

I shall find out more about these cities.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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13 Responses to “What happened to China’s ghost cities?”

  • The largest ghost city (in the world) is Ordos Kangbashi built in a desert in Inner Mongolia, China. It was a very ambitious project in 2003 with reportedly a budget of $161 billion intended to house 1 million people on 355 sq km of land, boasting state-of-the-art architecture, large stadiums, and gorgeous public spaces.

    However, the project went on and off, and eventually, after a period of 10 years, only a smaller city of about 35 sq km was completed that could house about 300,000 residents but only 70,000 moved into it.

    The take-up rate was so low then that the city went bankrupt eventually and was abandoned. Today, it remains a large ghost town with few, if any residents with roads leading to nowhere.

    Foreign journalist Melissa Chan who visited the city had reported that it was such a huge and spacious city that its avenues could act as runways for Boeing 747s and its public square was the largest on planet Earth.

    The journalist was eventually one of the 1st journalists in a decade to be kicked out of China for accusing the local government of building the city solely to inflate their GDP.

    Hm… (artificially) “inflating their GDP”, sounds familiar?

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  • Truth Be Told:

    What difference does it make?
    Living in a ‘ghost city’ and living in a ‘city full of soulless humans’.

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  • Happy Wandering Wonderer:

    Ghosts are souls without human bodies.

    Soul-less people are human bodies without souls

    Ghost Cities have souls without human bodies.

    Singapore has 5.8 million human bodies but mostly without souls. Especially the CECA Indians and those who deliberately imported the CECA Indians to crack, break, steal and rob our rice bowls.

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on mothership :Quote -”33-hectare Dover forest to be cleared for housing projects after being left untouched for over 40 years
    The patch is about the size of 46 soccer fields and is home to several endangered species.

    Sumita Thiagarajan| January 15, 2021, 12:39 AM

    Besides Clementi forest, another piece of forested land is also slated for residential development.

    The patch, which is south of the Clementi forest, is called the Dover forest. It is also known as the Ulu Pandan estate.

    Unlike the Clementi forest, the Dover forest is likely to be replaced by new flats in the coming years.

    Environmentalists in Singapore hope more people will look at the environmental baseline study and speak up for the forest.

    Untouched for about 40 years
    According to the environmental baseline study released by the Housing Development Board (HDB), the Dover forest was part of rubber plantation from the 1920s to the 1940s, and was abandoned after World War II.

    Since the 1980s, the patch, with four freshwater streams, has been relatively untouched.

    About half of the land area of the forest is made up of secondary forest that regrew from what used to be plantations or kampungs.

    The patch is approximately 33 hectares (about the size of 46 soccer fields) and has a steep terrain of about 10m from Commonwealth Avenue West towards Ulu Pandan canal.

    Here are some photos of the said Dover forest:….”Unquote .

    Response :While China has ghost cities,Singapore is clearing forest land building more and more HDB flats .Dover will be the next new estate after Tengah .Most likely Punggol will be consider a mature estate within the next ten to twenty years .After Dover ,what’s next ? Maybe start building HDB on Pulau Ubin to join to Singapore mainland ?While China has ghost cities ,Singapore is probably targetting at maybe more at 10 million population ? Evil women wing is real greedy!

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  • Pap has the mandate:

    Tan Kin Lian, please change your citizenship to China.

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  • Brainless Parrots:

    TKL there are enough scholarly information on the internet about this.

    Do some research yourself, you will find the answers.

    Many of us got those information from the internet as well,
    except some look for answers, while many others look for the answers they want.

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  • xoxo:

    China is simply too GIGANTIC.
    To ensure all cities from more remote areas to function like more populous cities is expecting too much too soon.

    Gradually,these cities would fill up with people and grow,given time.

    Look at even BISHAN 30 ODD YEARS AGO WHEN THE FIRST FLATS WERE READY.
    I went to visit my colleague.
    It looked like *a ghost town* in the heart of Sg where,close by,was a thriving TOA PAYOH?!
    ETS NOT FORGET,SG IS A TINY RED DOT!
    WHAT ABOUT CHINA?

    WE HAVE TO THINK IN TERMS OF PROPORTION.
    WHAT ABOUT NEVADA/VEGAS IN U$A?

    LETS BE OBJECTIVE.

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  • Illegal occupancy ?:

    Illegal occupancy ???

    Well those who wants to buy in 1st tier ( 北上深廣 ) or 2nd tier cities in China find prices out of reach. So like Sg u want mature estates but too pricey so u settle for Jurong West or Pungol or whereever less develop areas.

    Sleeping in street is not a issue provided safe ( no crimes committed or happened ) and perhaps maybe a face issue for the gov. Unsightful for some rich people maybe like you. Lets not forget our great grandfathers or grandfathers came here in the beginning some also sleep in the streets. NS training , did we not sleep in the field. My time somemore it rain.

    Elon Musk use to bath in YMCA toilet and sleep in his office couch or floor.
    He goes thru gargage garbage ( gurang guni? ) to find spare parts to fixed his moms car. Theres a photo online circulating now.

    As China poem 朱门酒肉臭,路有冻死骨. China also have. Russia also have. NK will also have. Everywhere will have.

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  • Truths Be Told:

    Rather stay in ‘ghost city’ with Foreign Talents than with ‘soul-less people’ like TAN KIN LIAN, SIMON LIM, GOH MENG SENG and maybe YOU?

    Happy Wandering Wonderer:
    Ghosts are souls without human bodies.

    Soul-less people are human bodies without souls

    Ghost Cities have souls without human bodies.

    Singapore has 5.8 million human bodies but mostly without souls. Especially the CECA Indians and those who deliberately imported the CECA Indians to crack, break, steal and rob our rice bowls.

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  • Just an observant:

    Japan also have people sleeping in carton boxes. Already a few cases of people freeze to death during winter season past years.

    USA is land’s private property. U cant just be like China chase and remove people away from their land. Tear down any building as you like.

    Any way , opening year 2021 already a series of unfortunate incidents in Indonesia. Covid cases spike up, plane crash into sea and current earthquake. We also have China unmanned sub in Indonesia sea territory. Who say China no ulterior motives ?

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  • 鼓不烈康维尔:

    你这样说内蒙古的康巴市是和事实不符的!

    现在的康巴市已是一个车水马龙的现代化新兴城市。常住人口十五万左右。这些人都享有优质居住环境,他们的孩子都能享有方便又优质的教育。假以时日,康巴市肯定会成为另一个重要的大城市。

    TRE Techie:
    The largest ghost city (in the world) is Ordos Kangbashi built in a desert in Inner Mongolia, China. It was a very ambitious project in 2003 with reportedly a budget of $161 billion intended to house 1 million people on 355 sq km of land, boasting state-of-the-art architecture, large stadiums, and gorgeous public spaces.

    However, the project went on and off, and eventually, after a period of 10 years, only a smaller city of about 35 sq km was completed that could house about 300,000 residents but only 70,000 moved into it.

    The take-up rate was so low then that the city went bankrupt eventually and was abandoned. Today, it remains a large ghost town with few, if any residents with roads leading to nowhere.

    Foreign journalist Melissa Chan who visited the city had reported that it was such a huge and spacious city that its avenues could act as runways for Boeing 747s and its public square was the largest on planet Earth.

    The journalist was eventually one of the 1st journalists in a decade to be kicked out of China for accusing the local government of building the city solely to inflate their GDP.

    Hm… (artificially) “inflating their GDP”, sounds familiar?

    Tech: Yes, it is possible but the city is still under-populated as it was intended to be for 300,000 people or more. I am sure that since the reporter’s report, there have been improvements and it will continue to improve. I don’t think the government would let the Megacity go to waste.

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  • Talintouya:

    Yes, this is better!

    Singapore started off as a fishing village with 150 inhabitants in 1819. Almost 120 years later, just before the Japanese invasion during the second world wars, the “village “ had about half a million inhabitants.

    Rome is not built in one day, so does Kangbashi.

    鼓不烈康维尔:

    Tech: Yes, it is possible but the city is still under-populated as it was intended to be for 300,000 people or more. I am sure that since the reporter’s report, there have been improvements and it will continue to improve. I don’t think the government would let the Megacity go to waste.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Talintouya:

    BUT THIS IS NOT CLEVER ECONOMICS – a lot of artificial beauties in China is build up on a mountain of debt financing.

    Talintouya: Rome is not built in one day, so does Kangbashi.

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