Unfinished and unused buildings in Ordos, Inner Mongolia

Unreal Estate and China’s Collective Unconscious

Unfinished and unused buildings in Ordos, Inner Mongolia

The discovery of coal in the Ordos region in Inner Mongolia just a decade ago has led to the spectacular rise of an instant city in the middle of the Gobi Desert. The new Kangbashi district of Ordos, in particular, was designed for a population of a million. Yet, so far, its anticipated residents have never showed up, and Ordos has become China’s ultimate “ghost city.”

Ordos, Inner Mongolia, 2013