Watch jarring footage of China's massive ghost towns

In China, the development of residential and retail property in certain regions outstrips the government's ability to keep these buildings occupied. An Australian film crew recently visited China's vacant real estate and saw these strangely silent cities firsthand.

Note the documentarians at Dateline:

Vast new cities of apartments and shops are being built across China at a rate of ten a year, but they remain almost completely uninhabited ghost towns. It's all part of the government's efforts to keep the economy booming, and there are many people who would love to move in, but it's simply too expensive for most. Video journalist Adrian Brown wanders through malls of vacant shops, and roads lined with empty apartment buildings… 64 million apartments are said to be empty across the country and one of the few shop owners says he once didn't sell anything for four or five days.


And for more scenes of China's sprawling uninhabited suburbia, check out Ordos City.

[Dateline via Nerdcore]

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Being completely serious here.

This is an ideal opportunity for the motion picture industry. If China were to declare this area an open economic zone like Hong Kong, it could then offer incentives to bring Asian and European film crews in to shoot the sorts of films that are now too expensive to shoot in the US and the UK.

I don't know why, but when I see empty streets, I think film crew.