Locals call it ‘The City of the Dead’, a ghostly urban landscape with no residents to fill it.
More than 100 villas stand empty after they were built six years ago for locals in the Chinese city of Beihai, in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
They were built to cater to a new rising class of wealthy people who, it was hoped, would invest in real estate and snap up the properties, many of which are priced at over three million yuan (£285,900).
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Others say that the modernization of China is ‘the greatest urbanisation story the world has ever seen’, and that ghost towns like this one will soon become ‘thriving metropolitan areas’.
That remains to be seen. Six years on and with not a soul living in them, the villas will soon need more money spent on them to protect them from the elements.
‘It’s a madness – homes built to stand empty!’ said one local who lives in a wooden shack.