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The world’s largest ghost city

The city which was once earmarked to be the Las Vegas of Inner Mongolia, lies 98% abandoned in the Chinese desert.


The empty streets of Ordos

Situated in northern China, Ordos was going to be testament to the booming economy of Inner Mongolia, whose GDP tops that of Beijing. The city was built but nothing came from it, Damon Richter who made a trip to the city explained that it was simply too much, too fast.



He recently wrote about his trip on Gizmodo, explaining:

“Nobody quite anticipated how quickly this new development would fall flat on its face. Deadlines weren’t met, loans went unpaid, and investors pulled out before projects could be completed — leaving entire streets of unfinished buildings. The ridiculous cost of accommodation in this dream city put off many would-be inhabitants, so that even fully completed apartments became difficult to sell …



Nowadays the Kangbashi district, planned to accommodate a population in excess of one million, is home to a lonely 20,000 people — leaving 98% of this 355-square kilometre site either under construction or abandoned altogether.”


Cranes lie scattered throughout the city sky line - building nothing


The massive airport is empty except for a few people



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