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Ghost Cities of China: The Story of Cities without People in the World's Most Populated Country

Ghost Cities of China The Story of Cities without People in the World s Most Populated Country Over the next couple of decades it is estimated that million Chinese citizens will move from rural areas into cities pushing the country s urban population over one billion China has built hundr

  • Title: Ghost Cities of China: The Story of Cities without People in the World's Most Populated Country
  • Author: Wade Shepard
  • ISBN: 9781783602186
  • Page: 273
  • Format: Paperback
  • Over the next couple of decades, it is estimated that 250 million Chinese citizens will move from rural areas into cities, pushing the country s urban population over one billion China has built hundreds of new cities and urban districts over the past thirty years, and hundreds are set to be built by 2030 as the central government kicks its urbanization initiative inOver the next couple of decades, it is estimated that 250 million Chinese citizens will move from rural areas into cities, pushing the country s urban population over one billion China has built hundreds of new cities and urban districts over the past thirty years, and hundreds are set to be built by 2030 as the central government kicks its urbanization initiative into overdrive As China redraws its map with new cities, it isn t just creating new urban areas, but also engineering a new culture and way of life Yet, many of these new cities, such as the infamous Kangbashi and Yujiapu, stand nearly empty, construction having ground to a halt due to the loss of investors and colossal debt In Ghost Cities of China, Wade Shepard examines this phenomenon up close He posits that the shedding of traditional social structures in the country is at an advanced stage, and a rootless, consumption centric globalized culture is rapidly taking its place Incorporating interviews and on the ground investigation, Ghost Cities of China examines China s under populated modern cities and the country s overly ambitious building program.

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    1. This is an excellent book on modern China. Shepard builds on the excellent material frequently posted on his blog - vagabondjourney - to bring together a refreshing (if a little sympathetic) perspective on the growth of Chinese cities in the first two decades of the 21st Century.The idea that there is no such thing as a 'ghost city' is a compelling one and it will be interesting to see how the cities identified in the book develop in the coming years. Coverage of the environmental impact is cove [...]


    2. Read this on a 22 hour train across the country. Was a good background overview to the unfathomable construction boom apparent out the window. An important book.


    3. Ever since I moved to China in 2011, I have wanted to read a book like Wade Shepard’s Ghost Cities of China: The Story of Cities Without People in the World’s Most Populated Country, published by Zed Books in 2015. Since living these past six years in Beijing and Shanghai, I have developed the habit of going on long, meandering walks through unfamiliar parts of the city. During these excursions, I quickly noticed that the older, decaying communities near where I lived, the very enclaves that [...]


    4. This book is part of the Asian Arguments series, this particular title focuses on the so called “Ghost Cities” of China, which the author explains is really a bit of a misnomer. Shepard has done his homework and rolls out the dizzying list of facts and stats. When the Communists took control in 1949, China had 69 cities and today it has 658. Nearly 600 new cities have already been established across China in roughly sixty five years. Over the next twenty years China will build hundreds more. [...]


    5. Would have given full pints, nicely written but disappointingly not a single photograph in it even though the topic would have been more than just inviting to show the cities and areas being discussed. So one can only google pictures but that doesn't really give credit to the fascinating places the author describes.


    6. For the past several years, the phenomena of China’s ghost cities – idle property developments void of habitation – have been a hot topic among Western journalists and China watchers, many whom view the country’s rapid urbanization as unsustainable. But Wade Shepard, author of the first long-form study of the topic, hopes to dispel what he says are popular misconceptions about these empty cities.Shepard, a native of the American Rust Belt, makes it clear from the outset that his aim is n [...]


    7. I'm not sure I understand why China is doing what they are doing. It sound to me like they are bulldozing people's homes to build new (poor quality) buildings in their place. People own their homes, but not the land they are on, so they have no recourse if the government decides they want something else on that land. The are new poor quality buildings, sometimes whole cities, that have never been inhabited. Nothing is expected to last more than a few decades before it gets bulldozed for somethin [...]


    8. An interesting insight into the different settlement hierarchy of China and the shifting urbanisation movement in the country. Nice inclusion of locals' stories and anecdotes. I like the use of various statistics and figures from published sources; will definitely be trying to use some of these to create in depth case studies for my IB students. Repetitive In places. Lip service given to the idea of the sustainability of this urbanificationybe this is another book in the making? Definitely an i [...]


    9. Talking about the "ghost cities" that are depicted by the Western media, but the truth is so much more complicated. My conclusion: China's new cities are real life games of Sim City that the governments start with unlimited money.


    10. I found out this book by watching this video: youtube/watch?v=vZdBe If you are a ghost then which Chinese ghost cities would you want to be living? Good question.



    11. Fascinating subject, but this book has absolutely no human feel to it. It just reads like a government report. Very disappointing.


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