China’s growth breathes new life into old ghost towns

Society & Culture

"Ghost city" is a term used to describe new urban developments in China that remain empty after completion. They are a popular topic of economic pessimists and make good subjects for photo essays depicting massive but unpopulated apartment complexes. But there is more and more evidence that many of these ghost cities are now full of residents. In The Globe and Mail story linked here, Nathan VanderKlippe reports on Tianducheng, once used as a surreal location for a music video because it was completely empty but now facing a different problem: "There are hardly any apartments left for sale here," says one resident.