Apocalyptic Chic: ‘Ghost Cities’

Posted by on July 4th, 2012

Like some kind of massive, uber-budgeted, city-wide set of a Ridley Scott film that takes place after the fall of mankind, several cities built by China are almost completely devoid of life.

What’s even stranger is that these massive cities continue to be built even though hardly a single living thing is taking up residence in them.

Recently an entire Chinese-built city in Africa popped up on everyone’s radar because of its sheer size. Named Nova Cidade de Kilamba, this massive city covers 12,335 acres, contains 750 eight-story apartment buildings, 12 schools, more than 100 retail units, is designed to hold an estimated 500,000 people and was built in less than three years for a hefty 3.5 billion dollars.

At the current build rate as many as 20 of these ‘ghost cities’ are being constructed every year with currently as many as 64 million vacant homes left empty.

These cities aren’t being built in people-friendly locations either…one of them is actually built in the middle of a Mongolian desert.


3 Responses to “Apocalyptic Chic: ‘Ghost Cities’”

  1. Steven Sword Says:

    Perhaps China is just smart enough to prepare for earth’s looming population crisis. Hard to say. Whatever their reason, that’s just plain creepy.

  2. Garcia Says:

    Maybe they know something we don’t. Natural disasters, climate change that would make the Mongolian desert habitable. Who knows? Apparently the Chinese.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    China is playing a real world game of Sim City?