WHERE IS THERE A METROPOLIS WITHOUT INHABITANTS?
Gigantic skyscrapers with luxurious fully equipped apartments, ample green parks, lakes that stretch for miles, huge four-lane highways— in addition to incredible libraries and even an art center. But on the streets and highways there are only some cows walking around. Kangbashi in the Inner Mongolia region of China is a modern metropolis with space for more than a million residents—and yet it is almost completely empty. “The place without a soul,” as the Chinese call it, is the biggest ghost town in the world. In 2000 China still had ambitious plans for the area: In the small town of Dongsheng vast coal and natural gas reserves were detected. Immediately Dongsheng was renamed Ordos City, and the city planners began implementing a massive expansion. The goal: Turn Ordos City into a metropolis that’s fit for millions, like Dubai. The district of Kangbashi, located 20 miles away and covering 12 square miles, was to be the center of this new boomtown. The equivalent of over $ 2 billion was invested in the project. And in just six years, colossal skyscrapers were built from scratch in the middle of the desert, constructed for hundreds of thousands of new residents. The problem: Fewer than 5,000 people have moved to Kangbashi to date. The huge skyscrapers stand largely empty, while the shopping centers remain without customers and the museums without visitors. Although many investors—coal magnates, for the most part—have indeed bought apartments, they have not actually moved in to occupy them. Despite the city’s eerie backdrop, investors remain undeterred—they still believe in a glorious future for Kangbashi. And so they continue to build…
about Kangbashi is located Beijing. In the 400 miles from Mongolia middle of Inner soar dozens of skyscrapers few of them into the sky—but are inhabited.
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