Stunning Photos of Chinese Ghost Town Ordos – Abandoned – Most Architectually Beautiful City
The world’s most architectually beautiful ghost town.
Photographs of the Chinese city of Ordos reveal a stunning landscape: a futuristic city that languishes almost totally abandoned, as if its population had been abruptly raptured.
The images, taken by Shanghai-based photographer Raphael Olivier and shared at Creative Boom, depict a strange modern ghost town, a would-be utopia rapidly constructed for a population of one million that failed to materialize.The city, in the Inner Mongolia region, takes its name from ordo, the Mongolian word for crowd and the root for the English word “horde.” But while the city was constructed under the old “if you build it, they will come” motto, the teeming masses have never made their way to Ordos.
The city includes dormant schools, sports complexes, hospitals, convention centers, and other major facilities, all completed between 2005 and 2010. The Chinese building boom has seen many new cities become overnight metropolises, but Ordos City failed to replicate that success.
“The city is now a surreal landscape of empty streets, decaying monuments, abandoned buildings and half-finished housing projects,”writes Olivier. “It is more than anywhere the symbol of the Chinese Dream with all its challenges and contradictions, an Orwellian vision of a bright future caught up by a less flamboyant reality.”
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