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The future of China’s ‘ghost cities’ |China Daily

This is an article that I wrote for the China Daily to complement a cover story on ghost cities that I was included in.

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This is an article that I wrote for the China Daily to complement a cover story on ghost cities that I was included in.

Once-empty Chinese cities built with a wave of urbanization in mind are filling up at surprising rates.

A ghost city is “an abandoned city with depleted resources, a high vacancy rate, few inhabitants, or that is dark at night” due to a lack of occupants, according to China’s National Science and Technology Department’s Terminology Committee.

Although many of China’s new urban developments may at first sight appear also to be ghost towns, that term doesn’t apply to these places. A ghost town is a place that has died. What China has is the opposite of ghost towns – it has new cities in the process of coming to life.

Read more: The future of China’s ‘ghost cities’|Cover Story|chinadaily.com.cn

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I am the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 90 countries. I am the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to The Guardian, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3623 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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