Photography

China’s Biggest Ghost Town Captured In Eerie But Oddly Wonderful Series Of Images

Written by Flynn Matthews

This photo series by photographer Raphael Olivier seizes the eeriness of Ordos, Inner Mongolia – also acknowledged as the largest Chinese “ghost town”. Placed in a province rich with natural resources, its local government spent in developing a new city during the late 90s, which would become a cultural and economic center.

Sadly, the dream did not match the reality, and without the urban planning and long-term vision, the city was sentenced to failure. Its fate is illustrated in Olivier’s photographs, which portray the area as almost dream-like.

Olivier tells, “The city is now a surreal landscape of empty streets, decaying monuments, abandoned buildings and half-finished housing projects. 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 with a less flamboyant reality.”

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