Everyone knows about Chernobyl and Fukushima --the ghost towns abandoned by their inhabitants after infamous nuclear disasters. But not many are aware of the ghost town in Beihai, China, that poses no medical hazard, yet doesn’t have a living soul residing in it.
These ghost towns have luxurious villas, state-of-the-art shopping malls, and spacious streets; still no one is willing to pack their bags and move to these places. The reason behind their inhabitancy is the unavailability of infrastructure and the towns' distance from local economic hubs.
These sprawling villas, chateaux, condominiums, malls and replica monuments were built after the turn of the century by local developers in anticipation of the real estate boom in the region. But what was forgotten was the golden rule of the property development industry: "location, location, location."
Hence, almost six years after these high-end Europe-themed towns were built, they remain unoccupied. All these ghost towns attract are fascinated tourists who find it hard to believe that an entire area, complete with all the apparent necessities of life, is left unattended and untenanted like this.