Wade Shepard is a traveling writer who has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of Ghost Cities of China, and his articles appear on Reuters, Forbes, CityMetric, the South China Morning Post, The Diplomat, and many other publications. This is his personal blog where he collects the stories, anecdotes, and observations from his travels that don’t fit in anywhere else.
Over the past twenty years China has constructed hundreds of new cities and districts, revamped thousands of towns, and thrown up an almost uncountable number of new neighborhoods. Many of the larger-scale of these new developments tend to stand virtually empty for a significant amount of time after their downtown cores are built — the […]