China is exporting its expertise of ghost-town building3 July, 2012, 20:45. Posted by Zarathustra
By now, every one is familiar with the stories of ghost towns in China, with literally no people living in it. Ordos, for example, is a very famous one.
China is, of course, not alone in that. Spain, for instance, has quite a lot of these. Remarkably, the Chinese are exporting their expertise of ghost-town building to Africa.
Okay, that was a joke.
BBC has a curious story from Angola, where a newly constructed real estate developments are completed in an isolated area outside of the capital. Although it has been completed for nearly a year, only 220 out of 2,800 of the apartments have been sold. And it is financed and built by Chinese, apparently:
When you visit Kilamba, you cannot help but wonder if even a third of those buyers have moved in yet.
The place is eerily quiet, voices bouncing off all the fresh concrete and wide-open tarred roads.
Source: Santa Martha via Wikicommons
There are hardly any cars and even fewer people, just dozens of repetitive rows of multi-coloured apartment buildings, their shutters sealed and their balconies empty.
Only a handful of the commercial units are occupied, mostly by utility companies, but there are no actual shops on site, and so – with the exception of a new hypermarket located at one entrance – there is nowhere to buy food.
After driving around for nearly 15 minutes and seeing no-one apart from Chinese labourers, many of whom appear to live in containers next to the site, I came across a tiny pocket of life at a school.
The people looking after the lawns cannot afford to stay here
It opened six months ago, bussing in its pupils in from outlying areas because there are no children living on site to attend.
Interesting story there.
Read the whole story here:
Angola’s Chinese-built ghost town