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Ghost Cities of China Reviews, Interviews, and Mentions, June 2015

Media coverage of Ghost Cities of China for June. Featuring the Nanjinger, TimeOut Beijing and Shanghai, the Guardian, Channel NewsAsia, and the China Daily.

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My first book, Ghost Cities of China, has continued being reviewed and bringing in some media attention through June.

The Nanjinger did an absolutely amazing review of it, called Ghosts in the Machine; Western Media Machinations Create Urban Myth, as did Michael Rank, an old China hand who was in the country during the Cultural Revolution and served as a Reuters correspondent in the early 80s, who had this to say about it on his blog.

TimeOut Shanghai and TimeOut Beijing gave me some airtime, posting two slightly different takes of the same interview.

While the China Daily extensively included my commentary in a cover story, Banishing Ghosts, which was about the fallacies of the ghost city claims and sought to explain the unique nature of urbanization in China.

TimeOut Beijing included a few comments from me in their excellent story, Growing Pains, which was about China’s struggles with urbanizing hundreds of millions of people.

Meanwhile, the wonderful John Berra gave me a mention in an article he wrote for VCinema Show called Jia Zhangke Was Here.

Channel NewsAsia quoted from Ghost Cities in their China’s Property Sector Haunted by Ghost Towns report. They referred to me as a “China expert,” which provided adequate fodder for an excessive amount of self-congratulatory sarcasm.

The Guardian also considered an article that I wrote for the New Statesman’s CityMetric as one of the “week’s best city stories,” and I had an article about China’s ghost cities appear in the China Daily.


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I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. I’ve been traveling the world since 1999, through 90 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 3679 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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