In 2003, the authorities decided to expand Kunming, the capital of the southern province of Yunnan, at the expense of the territory of Changgung County. For seven years there was built a city district with a full infrastructure: residential buildings with hundreds of thousands of apartments, a school, two university campuses and government buildings. Nevertheless, the city does not develop as expected. The Chinese are buying houses in the new area, but as an investment, and do not live there themselves. The result is the same — empty campuses and deserted streets.
In the whole of China, there are hundreds of cities that have almost everything you need for a modern, urban lifestyle: high-rise residential complexes, embankments, skyscrapers and cultural sites. All that is, except for one of the main factors: people. These mysterious — and almost completely empty — cities are part of China’s larger plan to move the 250 million citizens currently living in rural areas to urban areas by 2026.
This post will be dedicated to the city of Chenggong, which is considered one of the largest ghost cities in Asia. It is noteworthy that it is located in Yunnan, where more than 46 million people live. Despite the problem of overpopulation, the Chinese are not in a hurry to move to an empty city.
Matteo Damiani, an Italian journalist who has repeatedly visited Chenggong, says: «The city and its environs are deserted. There is a large stadium, shopping centers and hundreds of residential buildings, but all this is not in operation. In the city, I met only a few workers and guards. » Perhaps someday on the streets of Chenggong and life will boil, but now it is almost deserted, and only brings losses.