This one goes in the “the heck?” category:
Why is China constructing large, well-designed “ghost cities” that are completely devoid of people?
Google Earth photographs of China depict city after city of vast complexes consisting of office skyscrapers, government buildings, apartment buildings, residential towers and homes, all connected by networks of empty roads – with some of the cities located in China’s truly most inhospitable locations.
Remarkable as it seems, photographs of these “ghost cities” – after countless billions of dollars spent on their design and construction – reveal nobody lives there.
Block after block of empty houses and apartment buildings, glamorous public buildings, magnificent public parks and sports complexes, even art museums, remain entirely empty.
The photographs look like giant movie sets prepared to film apocalyptic motion pictures in which some sort of a neutron war or bizarre natural disaster has eliminated people from the face of the earth while leaving the skyscrapers, sports stadiums, parks and roads perfectly intact.
If I were paranoid (and I have often been accused of it), I might put forward the theory that in addition to using such property to store wealth, China is anticipating needing places to relocate its citizens in the wake of a war involving the use of WMDs that might make existing cities uninhabitable. Having ready-made industrial complexes in areas that would be far away from any military targets would give China the definitive edge in rebuilding after any large-scale war.
Just my thoughts, worth every bit of what you just paid for them.
- The Empty City of Ordos, China: A Modern Ghost Town (weburbanist.com)
- Ghost towns of China: Satellite images show cities lying completely deserted (dailymail.co.uk)
- Skyscraper building boom driven by China (usatoday.com)
- The ghost cities of China (financialpost.com)