Inefficient border crossings, corrupt immigration officers, racial profiling and harassment, and nothing but cheap Chinese junk — so this is the future of commerce on the New Silk Road?
Media coverage of Ghost Cities of China for June. Featuring the Nanjinger, TimeOut Beijing and Shanghai, the Guardian, Channel NewsAsia, and the China Daily.
Take a look at the first new city of what could be the greatest development initiative the world has ever known.
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.
Empty malls replacing ancient neighborhoods, the police patrolling the streets, and a place where Uighurs and Chinese come together were all part of what Lawrence Hamilton found when he returned to Kashgar.
Crossing borders in and out of Xinjiang proved to be unexpectedly problematic. Is this a sign of challenges to come as I continue research on the New Silk Road?
Looking out at Horgos, a backwater town on the Kazakh border that’s being super changed into becoming a big city by all out fiat.