≡ Menu

Ghost Cities of China Book Reviews and Mentions, May 2015

Ghost Cities of China in the media, May 2015.

Ghost Cities of China book
Support VBJ’s writing on this blog:

This past month promotional activities for Ghost Cities of China continued. While I only had one speaking engagement — a lecture for Israeli grad students in Shanghai — I was kept busy with interviews about urbanization in China, ghost cities, China’s Western replica towns, and the New Silk Road (the topic of my next book). We also had a few big and much anticipated reviews published.

The Guardian

“Wade Shepard has written a crash course in how Chinese capitalism actually works.” -The Guardian

Guardian Ghost Cities of China Review

This is the review of Ghost Cities of China in the Guardian. It was written by the incredible Owen Hatherley, the author of Militant Modernism, whom I recently gave a talk with in London.

Read the Guardian review of Ghost Cities.

The New Statesman

“There is much to enjoy in this energetic if chaotic account: the landscape Shepard travels is so strange and monumental that it is hard to avoid being fascinated.” -The New Statesman

New Statesman Disappearing villages  the losers in China s breakneck urbanisation_DCE

In a review entitled Disappearing Villages, The Losers in China’s Breakneck Urbanization, Isabel Hilton, the founder of ChinaDialogue.net, reviewed both Ghost Cities and Michael Meyer’s In Manchuria.

Read the New Statesman review.

The Quietus

“Ghost Cities . . . contemplates a desire to explore the unexplored, and find the humanity in places that are barely touched upon by humans.” -The Quietus

The Quietus Big Trouble In Big China  Ghost Cities Of China Reviewed_DCE

To put it simply, this was an amazing review. Called Big Trouble in Big China: Ghost Cities of China Reviewed, Stephen Lee Naish, author of U.ESS.AY, dives deep into some of the main themes of Ghost Cities.

Read the Quietus review of Ghost Cities.

Channel NewsAsia

I was mentioned in a TV news segment called China’s Property Sector Haunted by Ghost Towns.

The New Inquiry

An excerpt from Ghost Cities was published in The New Inquiry.

To get a copy of Ghost Cities you can order through Amazon, Amazon UK, or direct from the publisher, Zed Books.


The only way I can continue my travels and publishing this blog is by generous contributions from readers. If you can, please subscribe for just $5 per month:


If you like what you just read, please sign up for our newsletter!
* indicates required
Filed under: Books, China

About the Author:

I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. I’ve been traveling the world since 1999, through 91 countries. I am the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China and have written for The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3715 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

Support VBJ’s writing on this blog:

VBJ is currently in: New York City

2 comments… add one

Leave a Comment

  • THE CANDY TRAIL June 1, 2015, 3:03 am

    Congrats Wade. Finally you’re getting your dues after your years of hard work.

    Link Reply
    • VagabondJourney June 1, 2015, 3:44 am

      Thanks MRP!

      Link Reply