Monday November 09, 2015
China's deserted 'ghost cities' appeal to new residents
"There are 20-40 million empty apartments in China; enough floor space to cover Madrid." - Wade Shepard, author of 'Ghost Cities'
Today in China, one of the biggest movements of people in history is underway, as millions upon millions move from country to city. This massive migration is the backbone of China's changing economy.
But it's one that's having a curious ripple effect right across the country.
Today, as part of our project Ripple Effect, we're hearing about China's so-called, "ghost cities" But they're not ghostly because they're old and abandoned — these are brand new cities.
A video from Wade Shepard's visit to Xinyang's new district
Author Wade Shepard has spent the past few years touring them for his book, Ghost Cities of China.
"It's like a dream; you wake up in the city, but nobody is there but you." - Wade Shepard on visiting China's 'ghost cities'
Tour Hallstat, China, in this video with Wade Shepard
British themed Thames Town in Songjiang District, Shanghai, China
This segment was produced by The Current's Ines Colabrese.