Why (Almost) Nobody Lives in China's $161 Billion City

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  • Half as Interesting
    Half as Interesting6 muaj më parë

    You know what's also a ghost town? The HAI topic suggestions bin when I don't pin a comment begging you to submit. Speaking of which, please submit topics and, if we use yours, we'll send you a free HAI t-shrt: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfUdlvw6YgU44J8AnM2U_ZvRMyvh_CUM51LYSqF5nYJB9d1-w/viewform?usp=sf_link

  • stuckathome 0

    stuckathome 0

    2 ditë më parë

    U really need to update your video. I was in this particular city for 3 years and I live 20 minutes away now. It's not a ghost town anymore because a few schools and government buildings moved there as well as small businesses. What u have is ten years old information

  • Ali Kumail

    Ali Kumail

    18 ditë më parë


  • Snow John

    Snow John

    2 muaj më parë


  • Bruce Thompson

    Bruce Thompson

    4 muaj më parë

    Real reason being, the movie covid19 is over. People falling over and planks blocking doors is not needed now. Or more to come. althe.info/number/uWvFkZOKjJOuoqY/video



    4 muaj më parë


  • Nehco Oahnait
    Nehco Oahnait5 orë më parë

    Two million people in Ordos: so it could have been a 10 million city?

  • Filip Borch-Solem
    Filip Borch-Solem2 ditë më parë

    God, these film references are obnoxious.

  • New Unreleased
    New Unreleased4 ditë më parë

    Try the city under lake lanier its a evil backstory behind it

  • ThugaRhymes
    ThugaRhymes5 ditë më parë

    Probably is where the rest of people if the world dies lives when the goverments lowers the popukations

  • Omlet
    Omlet8 ditë më parë

    Meanwhile, people in Hong Kong lives in places smaller than a parking lot.

  • Jonathan R. Smyth
    Jonathan R. Smyth9 ditë më parë

    Dashlane sucks

  • A sd
    A sd12 ditë më parë

    world: demand then create china: create wait for demand

  • 16-Bit Bernie
    16-Bit Bernie12 ditë më parë

    Having a party in the middle of a pandemic? How irrespon.... Awesome!

  • OHM-968692
    OHM-96869213 ditë më parë

    In a country like India with huge overpopulation and extremely shit infrastructure, cities like these would sell out in days. Literally!

  • iagovital
    iagovital14 ditë më parë

    Jesus Christ stop with the jokes they absolutely suck

  • The Happy Misogynistic
    The Happy Misogynistic15 ditë më parë

    So the city is not empty is just slowly growing.

  • byn
    byn16 ditë më parë


  • Tablet Home
    Tablet Home17 ditë më parë

    Folks r only peasants. No rest for the wicked no elite. Forget these losers and move the new world order forward. Batteries. U start leave others behind?

  • Lucky Bastard
    Lucky Bastard17 ditë më parë

    Chinese Government to Half as Interesting: You're a funny guy!! (fake-smiling like Xi Jinping)

  • Kevin Foster
    Kevin Foster17 ditë më parë


  • allegiance
    allegiance17 ditë më parë

    I guess we Americans never really liked the metric system, but I was NOT informed on the cement per century measurement.

  • Thawzin Thant
    Thawzin Thant20 ditë më parë

    still don't know WHY????

  • smakkacow
    smakkacow20 ditë më parë

    the apartment buildings look like doug dimmadome's hat

  • Mike Carnivale
    Mike Carnivale21 ditë më parë

    Did anyone else find this video annoying? Just when he starts to talk about the city, he again "tries" to be funny and talks about game of thrones or some other irrelevant thing.

  • Eleven Dash Lies
    Eleven Dash Lies21 ditë më parë

    Made "White Elephant" looked small.

  • Gwinyai Dhliwayo
    Gwinyai Dhliwayo22 ditë më parë

    They Are Dumping US Dollar Reserves1!$ It's Better To Have Empty Buildings Than To Have Worthless Foreign Fiat Currency1!$

  • Shane
    Shane23 ditë më parë

    Im confused about the Game of Thrones thing.

  • David Anderson
    David Anderson23 ditë më parë

    Great video but loose the dumb ass movie references. D.A., J.D., NYC

  • John Paul Wolfsberg
    John Paul Wolfsberg24 ditë më parë

    Jailing political prisoners or keeping them under house arrest- something the USA does in spades- I fucking hate western media

  • Amrita Bhatt
    Amrita Bhatt25 ditë më parë

    Really. I mean still???

  • personn
    personn25 ditë më parë

    “Not because it’s an inner part of Mongolia, but because it’s a outer part of China.”

  • Nicolas Torres
    Nicolas Torres29 ditë më parë

    Jeff Bezos can buy it

  • USAPanda
    USAPandaMuaj më parë

    The GDP is not even close to what is claimed. In China, the value for building are added more than twice which twice is already crazy. The value is added when the contract for a building is signed, when the contract for construction is signed, when the building is sold, and again when completed. It's bonkers. The real GDP of China is probably 3 trillion less than what's claimed

  • ghan tauke
    ghan taukeMuaj më parë

    The jokes were amusing at first, but it got annoying real fast. It’s ok to crack a joke every minute or so, but every 10-15 second... it’s very very very annoying.

  • Ashadow Reviews
    Ashadow ReviewsMuaj më parë

    Can't see any way this could possibly go wrong

  • Americanbadashh
    AmericanbadashhMuaj më parë

    People really need to learn the difference between communism and a planned economy before making videos like these

  • OMGitsAzreal
    OMGitsAzrealMuaj më parë

    China really gives no fucks about where it dumps it’s money

  • Shhh Please
    Shhh PleaseMuaj më parë

    And they don't have to take in any illegal/legal refugees

  • Carlos
    CarlosMuaj më parë

    $161,000 per person in case anybody wants to build a city but doesn't know how much it will cost.

  • Drifted Desert
    Drifted DesertMuaj më parë


  • the trash You forgot to take out
    the trash You forgot to take outMuaj më parë

    Can you do xyangyun internation project?

  • rickster4k
    rickster4kMuaj më parë

    you say "buy" but i dont think they're actually "buying" them they are probably leased and the CCP as they always do just evict anyone they like whenever they want for land they want to reclaim as their own.

  • GeordieLassHK
    GeordieLassHKMuaj më parë

    I bet they didn't build them to move the HKers there and put mainlanders in HK. Hmmm.

  • Robin Hooper
    Robin HooperMuaj më parë

    I find it so interesting and correct me if I have my facts are astray. Wasn't it the Chinees that were promoting "one child per family" years ago? And now they have cities empty....duha.

  • pianomanhere
    pianomanhereMuaj më parë

    Well, at least it's not the Ryugyong Hotel ("of doom") in North Korea. 😅😂☺🚬

  • Mark Noble
    Mark NobleMuaj më parë

    China is all smoke and mirrors keep pressure on then and they'll collapse

  • Tommi Davidson
    Tommi DavidsonMuaj më parë

    That’s a heavy no to dash line that gives China to all my passwords.

  • 33moneyball
    33moneyballMuaj më parë

    Central planning in a nutshell....what nonsense. China is only powerful because they’ve largely moved towards a market economy in many areas.

    AUSTINVERACRUZ PlataMuaj më parë

    With the current flooding won't be hard to use now....jus a observation..

  • RhyliezthUniverse
    RhyliezthUniverseMuaj më parë

    Speaks about chinese gob propaganda making your own "great" propaganda. Funny

  • Qiu Phil
    Qiu PhilMuaj më parë

    You know what? This was planned to be a refugee camp for North Koreans.😎

  • craig dack
    craig dackMuaj më parë

    Then the virus hit game over

  • World Architect
    World ArchitectMuaj më parë

    China is a wonderland

    GLOBAL POSTSMuaj më parë

    Hahahaha nothing

  • knowledge2know
    knowledge2know2 muaj më parë

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  • Inglam
    Inglam2 muaj më parë

    Watching a bunch of ignorant people commenting about estate problem in China is the best joke I have seen for this week. Really, these people think they know China more than actual Chinese even though they never step their toes on China for half a second. 🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • peromiestiloesunico


    Muaj më parë

    How is the rate of informal economy in China?

  • MK
    MK2 muaj më parë

    Its built in order to syphon money into the pockets of the CCP.

  • ToastyCoffee
    ToastyCoffee2 muaj më parë

    What if - hear me out - we paid the Chinese 85 billion (half their cost) then ship all our prisoners there?

  • First Voice First step
    First Voice First step2 muaj më parë

    They should give city to me I will make 100 time GDP growth 100 time faster then USA 100 times develop then Japan

  • shubham wani
    shubham wani2 muaj më parë

    China just want to showoff their infrastructure but no proper maangement. Lot of are ghost cities there. In our INDIA we built giant smart cities and also it has lot of investments with people living there. Just be simple, world will be yours. Most countries want to showoff their strength. But remember country is judged upon their simplicity and tradition and culture. Not just spending huge money taking attention.

  • Cao A3
    Cao A32 muaj më parë

    Doesn't even have a true word.

  • Godfree Roberts
    Godfree Roberts2 muaj më parë

    Rubbish. Ordos is thriving, as are all the other 'ghost cities' in China. Why? It took centuries for Western cities to fill out to their present size, but less than ten years for cities like Ordos. "Ordos Kangbashi was built between 2005 and 2010. It has sky scrapers, stadiums, a grand theater, museum and thousands of apartments. It is ready to house one million future residents.The documentary starts with a scene that shows how Mrs. Yuan, the community manager, guides people through their new homes. Some don’t know how to use modern toilets, stoves or heaters. Mrs. Yuan teaches them, and also shows them how the television works (“There are over 100 channels!“) These new surroundings are in stark contrast with those of a nearby village, where one farmer is working on the land. The houses are abandoned. “They all moved to the new city,” he says: “In the countryside, you can live for months without spending money”. The Land of Many Palaces shows that moving to one of China’s ‘ghost cities’ is not just about moving houses, it is about changing lifestyles. Farmers have to get used to living in the city and cope with all the things that come with it. Community staff members go to public places to teach them “how to become a civilized person”; telling people that good behaviour is the answer to Ordeos becoming a civilized city.“If the developers of the new city need your land, they will take it anyway.”Employment is a major problem in China’s new cities. Many farmers have ample experience in raising pigs and working on the land, but their experience is of no use in the urban environment where there is more need for hair stylists and shop attendants. The lack of jobs is one important reason why farmers don’t want to migrate from the countryside to the city.Center of Ordos. One film scene shows a village where only two farmers are left. The rest of the villagers have already moved to the city. Ordos’s community manager visits the farmers to convince them to trade their clay houses for an apartment flat. When they decline, she says: ““If the developers of the new city need your land, they will take it anyway.”“When we first visited Ordos in 2011, we expected to find a ghost city. Instead, we found a place that is becoming a city.”After the end of the film’s screening, Adam Smith takes questions from the audience. About the start of the project, he says: “When we first visited Ordos in 2011, we expected to find a ghost city. Instead, we found a place that is becoming a city.”Many of China’s so-called ghost cities look like ambitious dreams that turned into nightmares. “When we first started the project, we were somewhat indoctrinated by the general media reports in Europe and North America on how this top-down style of urbanization and city-building is wrong. But the more time we spent there, the more we started to think like the people there,” Smith says: “Nobody felt like what was going on was wrong. They were uplifted by the plan.”Smith explains how many people, ironically, were pushed out of the cities to the countryside during the Cultural Revolution. In many of these areas it was hard to farm, and people struggled to survive. In some way, being taken to the city is like being saved for many: “We met very few people, if any, who were opposed.”“Ghost cities are a hot topic, but ex-ghost cities are not.”Although ghost cities are a hot topic, ex-ghost cities are not. “When a ‘ghost city’ comes to life we barely hear about it anymore”, Shepard writes. Although many of China’s new cities are still virtually empty, there are also those that have now become busier. Shepard names a few example in his article such as Dantu (Zhejiang), Wujin (Changzhou), and perhaps the most famous one, Shanghai’s Pudong.“For the past few years I’ve been chasing reports of ghost cities around China, but I rarely ever find one that qualifies for this title. Though the international media claims that China is building cities for nobody, I often find something very different upon arrival”, Shepard writes.Earlier this year, Global Times and China Daily issued a statement from the mayor of Ordos on Sina Weibo, saying: “We are not a ghost city“. Over the past year 10,000 houses were sold, it says. That still leaves 34,000 houses empty.“They buy it to sell it, but none of those rich people actually live there,” one netizenresponds: “The mayor just doesn’t wanna lose face.”Other netizens say they like the city of Ordos: “The town is quite pretty, and the air is good,” user ‘392‘ writes. “I’ve just been to Ordos, and it’s really not as bad as the media says,” another netizen says: “The city is well-built, the air is good and it is safe.”One other Weibo user also seems to like Ordos: “Finally a place in China that is not crowded yet.”Maybe China’s ‘ghost cities’ are not that bad after all. They just might need another decade to really come to life".- For information about Wade Shepard’s book click here, and you can find his blog here.

  • Red Jet 7059
    Red Jet 70592 muaj më parë

    All the dislikes must be from pathetic CCP trolls. Lowlifes 🤷🤷

  • Jim Cornell

    Jim Cornell

    Muaj më parë

    Maybe you can only fantasize about it. This city called ghost town is developing very well now. www.zhihu.com/question/45495188

  • kickyouinhalf
    kickyouinhalf2 muaj më parë

    No point in using dashlane in the US. Everyday there are at least a dozen fortune 500 companies crying about how their unhackable security was compromised and hundreds of millions of user's information stolen. And this serves no deterrent against the US government since they have a backdoor key to every datacenter in the five eyes countries.

  • Michael Gray
    Michael Gray2 muaj më parë

    Homer propaganda is hilarious 🤣

  • kriminal012
    kriminal0122 muaj më parë

    It’s called money laundering lol

  • Rizwan Ahmed
    Rizwan Ahmed2 muaj më parë

    What if they have a secret lab below city who knows what they all are hiding😂😂

  • jon lyn
    jon lyn2 muaj më parë

    3:29 what What

  • Marcos Pou
    Marcos Pou2 muaj më parë

    This is China beginning it's immigration system. One day, they'll put all of the real estate in the "abandoned" cities up for sale and rent and they will destroy the global real estate industry

  • Zohurul Haque Jafor
    Zohurul Haque Jafor2 muaj më parë

    Those cities will be fill up soon so westerners need not worry about this.

  • Travels with Charlie Hubbard
    Travels with Charlie Hubbard2 muaj më parë

    The NY Times did a story similar to this about a decade ago. The city The Times called a ghost town is now full, as this one most likely will be in a few years. The "China builds ghost cities" trope makes for fun storytelling. But a story about how three years later the city is filled doesn't make it to ALthe, or the NY Times.

  • üwu maaroni
    üwu maaroni2 muaj më parë

    bae feng shao shao, shenje, shijen, jack maooo

  • Ma go
    Ma go2 muaj më parë

    Everything is fake in this country

  • John Smith
    John Smith2 muaj më parë

    Blind and biased. You should try to visit Ordors today and avoid to use pictures taken 7-8 years ago to support your opinion. It’s hard for your little brain to image how many people there are eager to move into new apartments, and how fast China is moving forwards.

  • seekiong tang
    seekiong tang2 muaj më parë

    better than homeless

  • Assalam Azeem
    Assalam Azeem2 muaj më parë

    it was design and build during the socialist era of China before 1980s were housing and lot are free to all citizens of the peoples republic after 1980 China transform socialist to capitalist were housing and lot are not free, so who would live up those housing when it is not free?

  • jeff hunter
    jeff hunter2 muaj më parë

    I hate this crap

  • Richard Magnano
    Richard Magnano2 muaj më parë

    I wish your jokes were funny.

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    M I L K - B O X - R B L X2 muaj më parë


  • GTW
    GTW2 muaj më parë

    Wow - someone needs to tell the Chinese middle class that buying an apartment isn't "investing in real estate." Only the land appreciates in value - the structure DEPRECIATES - and with an apartment, you don't own any of the land. And from other videos I've learned that the Chinese are HORRIBLE at maintaining things. If you're living in the apartment, no problem. But if you've purchased as an investment, it's almost certain to be a net loss.

  • Mthunzi Mapatwana
    Mthunzi Mapatwana2 muaj më parë

    I like how you keep shading GoT I also like GoT

  • Tom Cat
    Tom Cat2 muaj më parë

    0:11 when you forget corona exists

  • Oliver Cruz
    Oliver Cruz2 muaj më parë

    The narrator is annoying. I couldn’t watch more than one minute due to his factual inaccuracy and flat attempts at jokes

  • Feynman981
    Feynman9812 muaj më parë

    It's just ugly built. Developers are usually notorious bad architects. They build space, not habitable environments. Many investors in Europe will also lose money on bad immobilia investment locations (hamster cages).

  • zal
    zal2 muaj më parë

    2020. we still get these type video

  • SerchSource
    SerchSource3 muaj më parë

    To save COMMUNISM...the government let the people play the ECONOMY...and nothing else...FREEDOM in an ILLUSION. Do as we say...not as we do...or else!

  • Jamaliah Mdshah
    Jamaliah Mdshah3 muaj më parë

    Bangsa yang tertammak didunia. Suka merampas negari orang dalam senyuman.sebab itu banyak Bala bincana dan tidak kenteraman hidup dinegeri sendiri. Walau pun kaya mewah tetapi kaya dan mewah dengan cara menipu dan kezaliman tidak membawa kepada kerberkatan hidup. Maka memang patut TIADA KETENTERAMAN HIDUP oleh warga China.

  • Zealous Programmer
    Zealous Programmer3 muaj më parë

    China does not make mistake they must have a good hidden plan.

  • Darth Utah 66
    Darth Utah 663 muaj më parë

    I'm telling you, China is creating a big bubble. When it pops, it will cause a big recession.

  • Jim Cornell

    Jim Cornell

    Muaj më parë

    The same goes for the U.S. stock market

  • Notwhou Thinkiam
    Notwhou Thinkiam3 muaj më parë

    And they say communism doesn’t work lol

  • Kanishq Quotes
    Kanishq Quotes3 muaj më parë

    Quest to push urbanisation isn't going to be good because who shall grow food?

  • Skai
    Skai3 muaj më parë

    why Kangbashi sounds like name of a city in Avatar series

  • Miguel Escuela
    Miguel Escuela3 muaj më parë

    The Karl Urban joke sold this video to me....

  • Sonny Chen
    Sonny Chen3 muaj më parë

    Haha one child policy go burrrrrrr

    HKPCR FUNG3 muaj më parë

    Analysis reported by USA CNN: Why TRUMP even got infected and still keeps blaming others about COVID without himself doing anything effective and also other part of the 🌎🌍🌏world still busily fighting COVID while China has already resumed normal very well so soon and is also winning the title as locomotive for helping global economic recovery as well! @t

  • Trigger Warning
    Trigger Warning3 muaj më parë


  • qwerknight
    qwerknight3 muaj më parë

    Now all flood 😄😄😄

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