Chinese “ghost cities” through foreign lens

2016-03-01 03:32:36 GMT2016-03-01 11:32:36(Beijing Time)  Sina English

US photographer Kai Caemmerer has produced a series of photos named “Unborn Cities” after an 80-day trip to China. The album features three places with nearly complete buildings waiting to be occupied: the Kangbashi District of Ordos, the Yujiapu Financial District near Tianjin, and the Meixi Lake development near the city of Changsha.

Kangbashi District of Ordos Kangbashi District of Ordos
Yujiapu Financial District near Tianjin Yujiapu Financial District near Tianjin
Yujiapu Financial District near Tianjin Yujiapu Financial District near Tianjin
Yujiapu Financial District near Tianjin Yujiapu Financial District near Tianjin
Kangbashi District of Ordos Kangbashi District of Ordos
Kangbashi District of Ordos Kangbashi District of Ordos
Yujiapu Financial District near Tianjin Yujiapu Financial District near Tianjin
Yujiapu Financial District near Tianjin Yujiapu Financial District near Tianjin
Meixi Lake development near the city of Changsha Meixi Lake development near the city of Changsha
Meixi Lake development near the city of Changsha Meixi Lake development near the city of Changsha
Yujiapu Financial District near Tianjin Yujiapu Financial District near Tianjin
Yujiapu Financial District near Tianjin Yujiapu Financial District near Tianjin
Meixi Lake development near the city of Changsha Meixi Lake development near the city of Changsha

“Unlike many Western cities that begin as small developments and grow in accordance to the local industries, gathering community and history as they age, these areas are built to the point of near completion before introducing people,” Kai said in a statement, dailymail.co.uk reported (the following quotes are all taken from dailymail.co.uk).

“Because of this, there is an interim period between the final phases of development and when the areas become noticeably populated, when the buildings stand empty, waiting.

“During this phase of development, sensationalist Western media often describes these areas as defunct ghost cities, which fails to recognize that they are built on an urban model, timeline, and scale that is unprecedented in speculation and simply unfamiliar to the methods of Western urbanization.”

“Many of these new cities are not expected to be complete or vibrant until 15 to 25 years after they begin construction,” he told Business Insider UK. “They are built for the distant future, and at present, we can only speculate on what form they will have taken when they reach this point in time.”

For more of Kai's work, visit. www.kaimichael.com.

 

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