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Ghostly town in Hubei takes 6 years to build yet no one lives in

By Zou Luxiao (People's Daily Online)    04:47, September 14, 2016

Photos taken on September 12, 2016, show hundreds of apartments and villas standing empty at the Sumadang scenic spot in Enshi, central China’s Hubei province. Along a 15-kilometer road, these residential buildings mushroomed quickly, appearing throughout the forest over past six years.

A town with a population of 30,000 built nearly a hundred thousand suits and villas. However, the oversupplied market soon cooled down in this scenic spot. Developers are withdrawing their investment, and the house owners are selling their properties cheap.

Even if they managed to sell all the residential units in the region, the infrastructure facilities of the township will not be able to sustain a population larger than it is now. Local officials have clearly stated that it would be “unrealistic” to provide water for all, if emptied apartment and houses were occupied.

Additionally, most of the apartments and houses sold here are sold without a property ownership certificate acknowledged by the People’s Republic of China.

The town kept a ghostly silence after the withdrawal of hot money. How the local governments deal with these residential buildings remains to be seen. 

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