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“Enough empty floor space to cover Madrid”: so why are China’s ghost cities still unoccupied? | CityMetric

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This is my latest article in CityMetric, the urbanism blog of the New Statesman. It’s about the reasons why many of China’s new cities appear so empty for so long.

Over the past 15 years China has built hundreds of new cities, expanded thousands of urban areas, wiped over a million villages off the map, and urbanised hundreds of millions of people. It’s a development boom that’s incomparable to anything that any other country has ever attempted.

Read more: “Enough empty floor space to cover Madrid”: so why are China’s ghost cities still unoccupied? | CityMetric

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 79 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3092 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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