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China Has a Crazy Number of Ghost Cities | China Uncensored


Where is everyone? What happened here?! Whoooaa!! Hi, welcome to China Uncensored. I’m your host Chris Chappell. Behold, the streets of China: empty! Huge, sprawling megacities populated only by the promise of what might
have been. You’re looking at China’s meteoric GDP growth. You see, when there’s construction, GDP goes
up. But what those GDP figures don’t factor in is whether or not anyone actually ends up
living in those cities. You know the saying, “If you build it they
will come?” Well, in China, they didn’t come. These are China’s ghost cities. This is Lüliang. Its 160 million dollar airport gets no more
than five flights a day. Most of the apartments meant for the 300,000
planned residents sit empty, built on land that used to be irrigation ditches
for the farmers. The farmers are still around, but the water isn’t. Then there’s the city of Ordos in Inner Mongolia. A million people were supposed to live here. But only one in every fifty buildings is filled. But surely there can’t be that many of these
ghost cities in China right?! Well, Baidu, basically the Chinese version of Google, set out to find the answer. They analyzed location data from their 700
million users. And found more than 50 ghost cities across
China. 50! So why is this such a common phenomenon? Part of it has to do with the government’s
massive push for urbanization. According to the “National New-type Urbanization
Plan”— yes that’s what it’s called— by 2020, 60 percent of the Chinese population
will be living in cities. That’s more than 800 million people. So it’s not exactly an issue of too much supply and too little demand nationwide. It’s all about location. Real estate prices are already so high in
the top-tier cities that the average worker will never be able
to own a home in their lifetime. That’s why so many people live in urban areas
just outside the major cities— for example, in recently urbanized places
like this one near Beijing. It offers lousy hospitals, over-crowded schools, no bus terminals, no movie theaters, only two tiny parks, and 700,000 neighbors. But living here with a three-hour commute
to central Beijing is still more appealing than living in a beautifully
designed city in Shanxi Province that has no jobs. Remember Lüliang? In 2010, its GDP growth was a staggering 21
percent. Last year, it was negative 2 percent. That’s because it was coal mining town— and coal used to be big business in China. But with the economic slowdown, a lot of steel makers reduced production. They stopped buying so much coal, and coal mines went out of business. Then there’s corruption. Officials in China get promotions based on
GDP growth. So Lüliang officials had been boosting GDP by building way more infrastructure than was
actually needed. Business also used to be booming in Lüliang’s
Liquor City area, where they made baijiu, a strong Chinese liquor that was very popular
with officials. But then baijiu became a target in Xi Jinping’s
“anti-corruption campaign”— and now business is on the rocks. And you know what else became a target in
the “anti-corruption campaign”? The mayor. And a bunch of other government officials,
who also got sacked. Anyway, the city government soon ran out of
money. And that’s just one city. According to Wade Shepard, author of “Ghost
Cities,” there are 20 to 40 million empty apartments
in China. Now you’d think the central government would
learn its lesson, and put an end to all this excess building. But it’s not so simple. Because local officials have their own plans
and incentives. According to Xinhua, the governments of various cities across the
country have development plans that, when put together, would provide housing for 3.4 billion people. That’s more than double China’s actual population. So unless China plans to switch to a mandatory
Seven-Child Policy soon, they’re in big trouble. So what do you think? If you were a ghost, which Chinese ghost city
would you live in? Leave your comments below, and subscribe and like China Uncensored on
Facebook. Once again I’m Chris Chappell. See you next
time. Xi Jinping Zhou Yongkang Mao. Mao. Mao. Barack Obama Obama I love Chris OFC?! Wow, some crazy things happened in 2015. Let’s just say I don’t think Xi Jinping will
“let old acquaintance be forgot.”

100 Comments

Gwyn M

Nov 11, 2018, 5:14 am Reply

Its free real estate

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roger hermida

Nov 11, 2018, 6:30 am Reply

winnie the Pooh said that China is a friendly country that like only peace and stablity. if that is true why not ask the middle eastern migrant caravan pouring in European country to go live in their empty ghost cities? and also the migrant caravan from south america ruSHING at the border of USA. they shou;d offer this ghost cities.

Up-a-Creek

Nov 11, 2018, 6:57 am Reply

Yes… housing for 3.4 Billion people… but you have to consider the size of those actual Chinese apartments… in the U.S. it would be the equivalent to only 1 Billion and maybe less with 2 bathroom apartments… maybe they are planning on billions of AirBnB…

El Presidente

Nov 11, 2018, 10:51 am Reply

Homeless ,lazy Americans issue solved .

Soturian

Nov 11, 2018, 9:55 pm Reply

Cities form themselves, based on where people find work. This illustrates the downside of central planning.

Trvrr Zbsky

Nov 11, 2018, 10:50 pm Reply

they should have build animal sanctuaries

Darth Stanley

Nov 11, 2018, 12:34 am Reply

Send that FUCKING caravan to FUCKING CHINA! They deserve each other!!!!!

mateo ito

Nov 11, 2018, 3:19 am Reply

If you were a ghost which chinese ghost city would you live in?

Berika Narzyhary

Nov 11, 2018, 3:54 am Reply

Why every country jealous of china?? I wonder why

sai_clops

Nov 11, 2018, 10:54 am Reply

Wow lol I wish we could send India’s excess population from Bihar and eastern UP there. Lmao

Andrew Wade

Nov 11, 2018, 12:49 am Reply

I'd love to emigrate there! I love the city, but I can't stand people. Perfect solution!

rj cbr

Dec 12, 2018, 5:55 pm Reply

Wait! You'll see!

Chano kange

Dec 12, 2018, 10:36 pm Reply

Waste of years building those skyscrapers and not working in it

Antony Chienjo

Dec 12, 2018, 3:17 pm Reply

At the end of this construction mania China will find itself with no choice but to conquer the world and fill its cities with defeated slaves.

infamous4141

Dec 12, 2018, 4:32 pm Reply

we need to get Iran to start peddling its weight and start invading

David Farner

Dec 12, 2018, 12:48 am Reply

You are funny, Chris Chapel… in a good way.

Chuck Roll

Dec 12, 2018, 1:18 am Reply

I'll help! I can knock up a whole bunch of Chinese girls!

Totally not the flash :3

Dec 12, 2018, 3:28 pm Reply

A good place to put the African Migrants…

Mulavin Cen

Dec 12, 2018, 4:27 pm Reply

China have many ghost city , that's why they never ever want to take over others country .

the artist

Dec 12, 2018, 10:16 pm Reply

Is your GreenScreen made in China also? lol

Peanut 24 Cute

Dec 12, 2018, 12:57 pm Reply

China is a horrible place,all those ugly buildings,yuck

Fatlum Gajtani

Dec 12, 2018, 10:26 pm Reply

They should just buy Detroit

F B I

Dec 12, 2018, 4:05 am Reply

Send the immigrants here

Steve Hinkel

Dec 12, 2018, 6:16 am Reply

You are a twat! Fuck you, and your abnormally large forehead.

LivingInVancouverBC

Dec 12, 2018, 3:38 am Reply

At least they have room to put all those share bicycles. Or are the share bikes outpacing the building boom?

niranjan prabhu

Dec 12, 2018, 6:07 pm Reply

MAD COMMIES

Jay Calverase

Dec 12, 2018, 9:11 pm Reply

The amount of debt sunk into ghost cities will be the undoing of China.

While 50 or more empty cities may seem like "planning for the future", to invest that kind of money waiting decades for return on investment, if any return at all, is not only a huge waste of money, it ties up capital that could be earning profits elsewhere right now.

If you think that China is saving money building now to save costs in the future, you have no understanding of the expensive up keep and reconstruction of idle buildings. By the time these buildings are occupied, they will need reconstruction and retrofit that will cost more than new buildings.

The construction of these cities drove GDP, provided jobs and lined pockets of communist leaders pockets. It is also the goal of moving the majority of the Chinese people into the cities for control. The country will be used for massive corporate run farms to feed the city populace and further control peoples lives. Americas version of this is Agenda 21.

Unsustainable and a waste of resources on a scale that is inevitably catastrophic.

Ritchie fabulous

Jan 1, 2019, 10:13 am Reply

??????

Tomislav Kardum

Jan 1, 2019, 11:42 pm Reply

Send all immigrant's to China, just tell them that is Europe.

Crazystuff

Jan 1, 2019, 3:35 pm Reply

I went to China in November 2018 and I could not work out where the people where, went to 8 major cities in 10 days, went to airports, walked the streets, drove thru traffic, went into the subway in Shanghai, still no crowds of people, saw cities built with apartments where nobody resided-no electricity installed, not to meantion the fact that I saw no population, just clear skies. This China propaganda is a lie.

Dustwarewolf 55

Jan 1, 2019, 12:02 am Reply

Looks like The Communist Party of China needs a large infusion of Agarianism just about now, as their current obsession with urbanization will most likely be their economic ruin otherwise. Or alternatively, they could just build them inside of locations for which a demand for newly constructed urban zones actually exists.

og badess

Jan 1, 2019, 8:08 pm Reply

how needs to tell Xi he is the worst thinker of all time if he never new it

The.#1 T

Jan 1, 2019, 4:45 am Reply

Well atleast China can afford them lol. America is 13 trillion in debt.

Outskirts of Infinity

Jan 1, 2019, 2:44 am Reply

I’ll be honest, these ghost cities look like they would be fun to explore with a crowbar. It doesn’t seem like there’s much in the way of lawmen to stop me from breaking into a few places. Just to look around, I mean. Even so, the law is still the law and I don’t fancy a stay in a Chinese prison.

William Dudman

Jan 1, 2019, 2:30 am Reply

There should be a uncensored series for every country, who wouldn’t watch that?

Jit Man

Jan 1, 2019, 6:04 am Reply

Are they still ghost cities? :D. It is really entertaining watching people get everything wrong in this grand long term game. More popcorn please!

Randy Williams

Jan 1, 2019, 6:37 pm Reply

I guess supply and demand is a little tricky for the Communists. Central planning on a global scale, can you imagine?

KH Attire

Jan 1, 2019, 9:43 am Reply

Mind your own business you retarted American

Luucvinky

Jan 1, 2019, 10:45 pm Reply

Goddammit stop with that gasping sound

Da Goddess

Jan 1, 2019, 11:47 pm Reply

I think, its a strategy of their government to for future purposes. They are advance thinkers

Mama Lemon

Jan 1, 2019, 5:46 am Reply

what a waste lets go play hide and seek there plenty of space to hide ???

Cirno

Jan 1, 2019, 1:15 am Reply

I would rather haunt Xi Xinping and draw Winnie the Pooh in blood on his walls. 😛

Robert Yeahright

Jan 1, 2019, 6:48 pm Reply

agenda 21

ZEIN ELDIN

Jan 1, 2019, 12:06 pm Reply

This has to be the most abnoxieous presenter in HISTORY ..

DTA 4321

Jan 1, 2019, 6:25 pm Reply

Are people allowed to be on the property of these cities??

STOIENESCU MIHAI

Jan 1, 2019, 4:49 pm Reply

Are you a jew (the presenter)?
Hmmmmmmmmmmm………!?

The White Sun

Jan 1, 2019, 5:28 am Reply

They should start designating those housing units for somolian refugees – since China will soon be taking over the lease on colonial guilt.

Justice Forall

Jan 1, 2019, 8:02 pm Reply

None. Well, at one point, I did wanted to stay in China, because people kept telling me it's great to stay there. But now I see, that when you don't like what their government is doing and speak out against it, you get thrown in jail. And drug offenses, you can get some reeeeeal time, even DEATH. Your organs get sold, etc.. Now that sound like some gangster $#!t to me. Also, they have a social credit system, which really, really, REALLY bothers me. That, within itself, is unattractive. Here's a thought. Maybe it's a ghost city, because some are trying to get citizenship here, in the U.S. Maybe some are choosing capitalist America, over Communist and Socialist China. Just saying. Wait!… Now-Now.. I have no proof of that. That's why I said "Maybe." ?

Earthworm Jim

Feb 2, 2019, 10:26 pm Reply

For House Ordos!

David Hynes

Feb 2, 2019, 12:36 am Reply

My god what a waste and here in Canada and other parts of the world we have people living on streets and tent cities, because of Chinese Corruption.

Green guy 9512

Feb 2, 2019, 3:35 am Reply

People say they do this because they anticipate more people but why did they make these city’s when they were gonna implement a one child policy

zapfanzapfan

Feb 2, 2019, 4:04 pm Reply

Communists mismanaging the economy… say it isn't so! 🙂

OreoMan

Feb 2, 2019, 7:12 pm Reply

hello people from Hottle's class in social studies

Owens Rayfeilds

Feb 2, 2019, 2:18 pm Reply

china empty buildings,,,is only investment,,you can't move there that's like holding gold for the future..you can't touch,,live.there.money future,,for investors,,stock market,,,,
the person is taken there to buy,,like condo,,,sales,,,but not to live,,, only buy to be your investment for the future,,like buying gold,,but you don't take it home,,,,,empty buildings….
live now forget the future people,,,,,,there is no future,,,,enjoy now not later…..don't save,,,,$$ on a cloud……stop bringing babies to this crowded place earth…..

Crisostomo Ibarra

Feb 2, 2019, 12:25 am Reply

China uncensored?
More like china in a nutshell

Ernest Imken

Feb 2, 2019, 10:06 pm Reply

Chinese population control i. e. abortion of over 100 million children had a lot to do with this.

Oveida Sinclair

Feb 2, 2019, 4:58 pm Reply

You forgot to tell of the giant Ponzi type investment scam that is attached to the ghost cities, seems that the avenge greedy and yet gullible Chinese citizens are socking down their entire life savings, plus retirement savings buying these shacks up. The building are really not designed for people to live in, most have no HVAC, or electric, the building are falling apart after just 3 years, plumbing issues would make Tijuana look like 22nd century futuristic city. No one owns the land underneath the buildings, they are all on 70 lease and no one has any idea what happens at the 70 year mark, but not to worry, none of those building could even last 35 years, much less 70 years. It's a ginormous investment bubble that will dwarf the US 2008/9 investment bubble and it will drag a lot of the planet down with it; be ready is all I can say.

6’1 STEEZ

Feb 2, 2019, 11:58 am Reply

music video spoooot

Mira Smit

Feb 2, 2019, 2:46 pm Reply

So why aren't the apartments in these cities dirt cheap by now?

Kirby Armstrong

Feb 2, 2019, 12:38 am Reply

Wait…I thought they had rural people that were supposed to be moving to cities but didn't have apartments for them?

Kirby Armstrong

Feb 2, 2019, 12:42 am Reply

Hmm…wonder if they might appoint an American mayor of one of these cities?

fatcatbuzz

Feb 2, 2019, 4:57 pm Reply

I live in China and have been in those ghost cities.

Sidney Mathious

Feb 2, 2019, 8:53 am Reply

I have seen the photos of some of the Ghost Cities there in China and the buildings are nothing more than a shell and those buildings are already crumbling since poor construction practices was used on most of the new construction work. People who can afford to live in the cities are buying up property and those who moved to the cities for jobs can't afford to buy a home.

灰灰大

Mar 3, 2019, 9:26 pm Reply

as Chinese, only hahah SB!

Farik Kiraf

Mar 3, 2019, 5:41 pm Reply

China is going to be the super leader of the world in some short time..
Be ready (and stop watching CNN and others bad-propaganda-makers)

Fatima Ahmed

Mar 3, 2019, 4:06 am Reply

Why you don't like China China is it I love China from middle East China power God bless China from Yemen

Fatima Ahmed

Mar 3, 2019, 4:07 am Reply

You always talk China are you jealous

Tian Ming

Mar 3, 2019, 4:41 pm Reply

The long term benefits of these empty ghost cities are hugh. China has not overbuilt as hundreds of million Chinese are wanting to buy but cannot afford it。two room apartment 1000 sf sells for 1.2 million dollars. That is 1200 dollars per sf. It is unaffordable. China must now find a way to sell off the units at a real price of 120 per sf. And build more small shoplots so that the
families can buy or rent a shop to start a small business. The Chinese are super clever to cook and sell street foods and do a small retail shop to sell consumer durables like bags and shoes, costume jewelry, watches and fashion assessories. Clothing snd jeans. It may be expensive to buy now but it is cheaper to build now. So build more now do not stop. You cannot lose on real estate imvedtments in the longer term. I will pay 100 dollars per sf and sell them off at 120 dollars per sf.I will buy and sell off all the unsold units wthin 50 years if you would agree to let me do it。I will make it a building boom, not a property bubble or bust im CHINA.

Na Qiong Trading LLP Na Qiong Trading LLP

Mar 3, 2019, 9:46 pm Reply

Yeah…. No one LOVE money & Business..more than China CCP… : D … Extreme Hunger to Eat other oversea country Business $ asap….OMG….OMG…!! xD because to Claim back their massive Ghost City in China. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XHdGPT11fk

Saichen Yang

Apr 4, 2019, 2:16 am Reply

You must be crazy stupid idiot jealous! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MYYjwjyeSg China is changing. China is recovering after the Jap genocide Nanking.

Jeff Strong

Apr 4, 2019, 9:28 pm Reply

We could secretly transport all the homeless from the US and all the Caravan folks into one of the larger ghost towns.

Stuart Fox

Apr 4, 2019, 6:04 am Reply

Living in cities is dangerous. Any disruptions like earthquakes, floods, storms, snow, etc can be fatal due to loss of energy and transport.
Find a small town.

boss host

Apr 4, 2019, 12:23 pm Reply

Why they dont give house to homeless people problem solved

Jake Rojas

Apr 4, 2019, 8:11 pm Reply

It all comes down to Armageddon and ruining the earth and fallen angels getting to live it up before abyss

Wayne T

Apr 4, 2019, 11:29 am Reply

They're being populated now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MARuTRNLxU&frags=pl%2Cwn

yardvark100

Apr 4, 2019, 1:25 pm Reply

Fucking idiot – the Chinese have moved 350 million people out of abject rural poverty into modern productive cities just like this one. Moron.

Michael Pearson

Apr 4, 2019, 2:38 pm Reply

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Rizvi Sarmad

Apr 4, 2019, 10:27 am Reply

I think they are gogs n magogs to be honest they eat everything

Rizvi Sarmad

Apr 4, 2019, 10:27 am Reply

I think they are gogs n magogs to be honest they eat everything

Rizvi Sarmad

Apr 4, 2019, 10:27 am Reply

I think they are gogs n magogs to be honest they eat everything

Abhay Achal

May 5, 2019, 12:52 pm Reply

The Truth About 50 Million Empty Homes in China.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bmus9_a_hSI

Christopher Rotolo

May 5, 2019, 2:55 am Reply

I'd move there. # The city is mine ! lol

Joe Blow

May 5, 2019, 3:24 pm Reply

I'd like to see this story updated. There were many ghost city stories about China the past decade, but then also many more recent stories about those former ghost cities actually filling up with people and thriving since then. Especially that Mongolian city mentioned here.

Christine S

May 5, 2019, 10:24 am Reply

Writing this in May, 2019: Chris, can you please do an updated video on this subject?

Eagle Nyi

May 5, 2019, 4:55 am Reply

Even I m ghost , I will not live in china ???

Todd Hendrix

May 5, 2019, 11:02 pm Reply

Baltimore, Camden, Detroit…

Reza O’Line

Jun 6, 2019, 2:35 pm Reply

"if you build it,, they will come.."

keep building until you run out the money.. the housing bubble is await..

Jordan Williams

Jul 7, 2019, 2:26 pm Reply

All the homeless could live here

Abhishek Goyal

Jul 7, 2019, 7:03 am Reply

Love such kind of cities

邹凯

Jul 7, 2019, 4:35 pm Reply

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Adam Robson

Jul 7, 2019, 10:45 am Reply

O heard this guy bashes China coz the Fallon gongers pay him too

Richard Cook

Aug 8, 2019, 9:03 pm Reply

This is my new favorite channel; except it’s actually really, really good and super underrated.

Ramson Cole

Aug 8, 2019, 4:29 am Reply

I'd live in Boojing

John Schaeffer Mike

Aug 8, 2019, 2:55 pm Reply

Y
YOU, DIOTIC CHAPEL….
THERE ARE
OVER

18.6 Million Ghost Houses….
In
COWBOY LAND……

YOU BLOODY BIG MOUTH…..

ALLEZ SALUT……

Headtrix 1652

Aug 8, 2019, 6:26 pm Reply

But rural people won't survive in cities how da f…k?

Leon Vlahakis

Aug 8, 2019, 9:55 am Reply

1.4 Billion Political prisoners Walking over a cliff …
If only they could open their eyes …

J. R.

Aug 8, 2019, 8:57 am Reply

those ghost cities are like usa suburbs but with buildings instead. which is like the worst of both worlds

cmscms123456

Aug 8, 2019, 1:53 pm Reply

The untold LIE about these cities, is that there are no interior walls, floors, or utilities in these building, they are just 'shells' worthless. The Chinese borrow $100 million to build a few buildings, only spend $10 million on substandard materials and not completing the interiors, pocket the rest. This is very typical Chinese scam. The banks in the west are being SCAMMED for more and more money, as they are shown these 'completed' buildings. They are all worthless, and are not crumbling under their own weight. Losers? US BANKS.

Karan.K K.H

Aug 8, 2019, 3:15 pm Reply

China: has a lot of people living in poverty, massive water shortage problem, many social issues
Also China: let’s use billions of dollars to build crappy cities no one will even live in

Luke Airow

Aug 8, 2019, 2:32 am Reply

Truly, This Video shows the desperation of the Communist Dictatorship that is building these Ghost Cities. This Vid Hits with it's clarity N understanding of a fleeting, tottering Communist dictatorship gasping like a drowing man. A Communist Dictatorship that is revealed by Video that points out Deep wide disfigured Cracks and, Scars. Video reveals a Communist dictatorship's insecurity and impermanence.

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