Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Empty City of Ordos, China: A Modern Ghost Town

It’s been called the Dubai of northern China, showered with wealth, packed with public infrastructure and located near to precious natural resources in a region plagued by water-supply troubles. But the urban center of Ordos City, known as ‘Kangbashi New Area’, has been mostly deserted for five years. Kangbashi isn’t a ghost town due to economic issues, contamination or any other common cause of such abandonment – the government simply can’t convince people to move there.
Built for 1 million people and currently inhabited by just a few thousand (despite a government claim of 28,000 residents, who are more likely just commuting workers), Kangbashi is filled with brand new buildings. One apartment building after another perches on the edge of streets that rarely see traffic, skyscrapers stand empty and over $5 billion worth of public buildings are unused and unstaffed.

Ordos, China, photo by sevensixfive
Ordos, China, photo by AdamCohn
more articles about the cities of China:

A GIS-based gradient analysis of urban landscape pattern of Shanghai metropolitan area, China

Architecture & Urban Planning in China: future cities to make small carbon footprint

Architecture & Urban Planning in China: urbanization to create massive infrastructure investment

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