Featuring everything from sports stadiums to shopping malls, hundreds of new cities in China stand empty, with hundreds more set to be built by 2030. Between now and then, the country's urban population will leap to over one billion, as the central government kicks its urbanization initiative into overdrive. In the process, traditional social structures are being torn apart, and a rootless, semi-displaced, consumption orientated culture rapidly taking their place. ‘Ghost Cities of China’ is an enthralling dialogue driven, on-location search for an understanding of China's new cities and the reasons why many currently stand empty.
In Ghost Cities of China, Wade Shepard guides us on a comprehensive - yet still often intimate - tour of cities 'that are just being born.' Through in-depth engagement with the country's vast urbanisation efforts, Shepard exposes both the myths and realities of China's ghost cities; haunted spaces, which are not dead and abandoned, but rather have yet to come to life.
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