Over the past few years, I’ve explored a number of small ghost towns: Centralia, Pennsylvania, and Alta, Colorado. Now, I’ve found a new abandoned area to explore: Ordos, Mongolia.
Video journalist Adrian Brown recently filed an interesting report on SBS Dateline discussing the ghost towns that are being build all over China and Mongolia. I’d love the opportunity to get out there and explore a few of these for myself some day, and se what kind of lives the people who actually do live in them lead, and how it feels to be in an uninhabited city. From the looks of it, it seems like it may feel a lot like the AMC TV Show “The Walking Dead“. Actually, why haven’t more zombie movies been shot in China?
Vast new cities of apartments and shops are being built across China at a rate of ten a year, but they remain almost completely uninhabited ghost towns.
It’s all part of the government’s efforts to keep the economy booming, and there are many people who would love to move in, but it’s simply too expensive for most.
Video journalist Adrian Brown wanders through malls of vacant shops, and roads lined with empty apartment buildings… 64 million apartments are said to be empty across the country and one of the few shop owners says he once didn’t sell anything for four or five days.
So are the efforts to boost the economy going to end up having the opposite effect and creating a financial crisis for China?
Who wants to adventure to zombie ghost cities in China with me?!
This trip is also noted in my World Guide.