Ordos, China: A Ghost TownAdd to Lightbox Download
The Kangbashi district began as a public-works project in Ordos, a wealthy coal-mining town in Inner Mongolia. The area is filled with office towers, administrative centers, government buildings, museums, theaters, middle-class duplexes and bungalows. Meant as home for one million people, the Kangbashi district remains nearly empty five years after the construction began. All built by local developers in the hope that Ordos' recently riches will buy the places to be near the new center of power. Workers get bused daily to the new city hall, but the housing is still largely unoccupied. .The problem is, nobody's moved in from the old Ordos City, located just 30 kilometres away. Dongsheng, the previous administrative center of Ordos, the one the government decided wasn't good enough, is where the people live. The residents are meant to move to the brand new modern Ordos but they can't really move to a city where there is no economy. Despite all this, the Ordos government is still planning to expand Kangbashi..Kangbashi, migrant workers sit on the stairs outside the public library.
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