The city of Ordos is located in a remote province of Inner Mongolia. The soil under the city holds a third of China’s coal reserves — which makes it an attractive place for urban development.
Beijing – coal and gas are to blame. When huge deposits were discovered south of Dongsheng in 2000 – estimated to be around 15 percent of China’s total coal and 30 percent of China’s total natural gas reserves – the city’s boundaries were expanded, the city was suddenly named Ordos and New Ordos was created, a residential district for one million people.
Ten years later, far fewer than the 300,000 inhabitants initially targeted live there, probably only a few thousand. Welcome to the largest ghost town in China.
With a lot of money and gigantism, New Ordos was to become a second Dubai – in the middle of the steppe, where the Yellow River flows in a huge arc through Inner Mongolia. Luxurious skyscrapers are now towering in the sky here. Business centers made of polished glass and steel are perched on a hilltop. A colossal statue of Genghis Khan stands on a spacious plaza. A phalanx of five-star hotels line the wide boulevards full of shopping malls and residential complexes with condominiums.
There are huge parks everywhere, many equipped with sports equipment, and a seemingly endless lake. Oversized works of art adorn the squares, an airport terminal stretches on the edge.
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