The Kangbashi New Area in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, which was built in 2004 to house a million people but was home to less than 30,000 by mid 2012. Photo: EPA The Kangbashi New Area in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, which was built in 2004 to house a million people but was home to less than 30,000 by mid 2012. Photo: EPA
The Kangbashi New Area in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, which was built in 2004 to house a million people but was home to less than 30,000 by mid 2012. Photo: EPA

Chinese authorities attempt to put the brakes on wasteful urban construction

Appearance of empty "ghost towns" in cities across the country prompts action to regulate land use and improve efficiency

The Kangbashi New Area in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, which was built in 2004 to house a million people but was home to less than 30,000 by mid 2012. Photo: EPA The Kangbashi New Area in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, which was built in 2004 to house a million people but was home to less than 30,000 by mid 2012. Photo: EPA
The Kangbashi New Area in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, which was built in 2004 to house a million people but was home to less than 30,000 by mid 2012. Photo: EPA
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