July 6, 2018, 02:30 | In the world
There are many ghost bridges on the planet, and they are in almost every country.
Such places appear for various reasons: due to man-made or natural disasters, genocide or simply a decline in economic activity in the settlement. All this forces people to leave their homes. Yes, the infamous Pripyat turned into a ghost town after the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the Italian Krakow was abandoned by landslides, there are dozens of mining villages in Africa, there are also abandoned cities in India. But there are more such cities in China. True, these are not just abandoned cities, but on the contrary, “growing” cities: settlements are constantly being built, but no one lives in them. There are about twenty such cities in China, and there are 64 million empty houses in them. And this is in overpopulated China, where housing and population problems have reached the national level! We decided to show you one of them — the largest ghost town in the world, informs Ukr.Media.
A city for the future?
Ordos was built in the early 2000s years in the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia (hence the Turkic roots and the connection with the word "horde").
It is designed for 1 million inhabitants. However, no more than 20,000 people live here, and approximately 98% of the houses are empty. It's actually a scary picture, it feels like some kind of epidemic broke out in Ordos and a large part of the population simply died out.
There are empty skyscrapers, administrative buildings, residential buildings and towers, there are even universities in Ordos, and they have no souls either. All this is connected with communications and roads, but nobody lives here.
And when night falls, the landscapes here become even scarier.
The gold vein did not live up to expectations
In the Kangbashi region, where Ordos was rebuilt, huge reserves of coal and other natural resources were discovered in the early 2000s. Therefore, skyscrapers, museums, theaters and administrative buildings instantly grew in these territories.
They also built sleeping areas, where there are even cozy cottages for more wealthy Chinese. The construction of Ordos was completed in 2010, and it spread over a huge area of 355 square kilometers. But the city found itself in a kind of financial bubble: rich Chinese who head large funds bought up all the real estate almost immediately, considering the purchases as investments. After all, the city was potentially supposed to be successful, so the plan was to resell all the property at a higher price. However, residents of Inner Mongolia simply do not have the money to buy apartments.
Even during the construction, the developer set the price for housing at 10-11 thousand dollars per square meter, and after a few years it fell by 2-3 times. And still 4-4.5 thousand dollars per square meter — this is an exorbitant price for residents of the region, where the average salary barely exceeds $400 a month.
The fate of a giant ghost town
Of course, you won't envy the management companies after the real estate transfer in Ordos. They suffer huge losses, as they fully service the infrastructure of the city: they repair the streets, clean them, green the areas, there are not even interruptions with lighting. It costs about 10-12 million dollars every month.
So, despite the fact that the city is empty, it is alive. But it is impossible to say (as they say about other Chinese cities) that life is raging in it. Ordos is under constant security, there are policemen who monitor order. No one robbed the city, so tourists have nothing to fear here. You can walk through a deserted metropolis, ride bicycles or skateboards right on the roads, take amazing and slightly scary photos and imagine yourself as the hero of a post-apocalyptic movie — this is what travelers go to Ordos for.
Of course, you can meet residents here, but it is quite rare. These are mainly law enforcement officers or the few factory workers who managed to buy an apartment.