Ordos: China’s Vacant City

In grand Dubai-esque fashion, Ordos City in Chinese Inner Mongolia rises from the desert to proclaim the glory of mankind’s accomplishments. Its glittering high-rise buildings and grand government projects are skirted on all sides by smooth unblemished pavement and endless rows of modern street lamps. There’s only one problem…it’s practically uninhabited. Founded in 2001, Ordos City was rapidly developed on a swath of uninhabited desert along the Yellow River. Fuelled by a booming Chinese economy and over £100 billion of public and private investment, enough housing and infrastructure were built to accommodate 300,000+ residents. Nearly a decade into…

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